Samantha Friedman

Assistant Professor of Sociology
PhD Pennsylvania State University

Office: 535 Holmes Hall
Telephone: (617) 373-3856

Her areas of expertise include urban sociology, residential segregation, demography, and immigration. Dr. Friedman’s research focuses specifically on understanding the causes and consequences of residential segregation for both foreign-born and native-born minorities and on documenting successes that minorities have in overcoming constraints in the housing market.

Dr. Friedman has published articles in a number of peer-reviewed journals including, Social Problems, Demography, Urban Affairs Review, Housing Policy Debate, Geographical Review, Social Science Quarterly, International Migration Review, Cityscape, and Population Research and Policy Review.

Professor Friedman’s forthcoming co-authored book (with Emily Rosenbaum), The Housing Divide: How Generations of Immigrants Fare in New York,s Housing Market, examines generational patterns in immigrant integration into New York City’s housing market. The book will be published by New York University Press in December 2006. The main findings of the book are that the generational patterns of housing and neighborhood conditions for whites and Latinos exhibit an upward trajectory, but a consistent pattern of declining outcomes emerges among blacks. The results suggest the potential for the “color line” to shift from a line separating blacks from whites, to one separating blacks from all non-blacks.

Prior to joining Northeastern University, Dr. Friedman was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at George Washington University in Washington, DC for five years. She received her Ph.D. in sociology and demography from the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Friedman also has an M.A. in sociology and demography from the Pennsylvania State University and a B.A. in sociology and statistics from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She conducted postdoctoral research at the Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at New York University School of Law.

  • Why Urban Studies?

    Northeastern's Urban Studies minor provides students interested in cities the opportunity to take advantage of he resources of an urban university situated in a major metropolitan area. The minor equips students to understand the dynamics of urban growth and development and includes the study of urban social and political institutions. It also enables students to understand urban processes and develop policies to keep cities vibrant.

    An urban studies minor complements many social science majors as well as architecture, business, and engineering. The minor also provides a solid background for graduate study and professional careers in urban planning and policy, social work, and related fields.

  • Contact Information

    School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs
    Northeastern University
    335 Holmes Hall
    Boston, MA 02115

    617.373.2891 (phone)
    617.373.4691 (fax)