Wilfred Holton

Associate Professor of Sociology
Head Undergraduate Advisor and Chair
of the Undergraduate Committee



Degree(s): B.A., Vanderbilt University, Sociology, 1964; M.A., Boston University, Sociology, 1966; Ph.D., Boston University, Sociology, 1972
Areas of Research/Interest: Urban Sociology, Social History of Boston, Intergroup Relations, Service-Learning, Applied Research, Sociology of Poverty
Selected Publications: Creating Boston’s Back Bay: America’s Largest 19th Century Urban Development Project, (forthcoming, University Press of New England)
Diversity in the Victorian North End, chapter in Victorian Boston Today (2004).
External Affiliations: Society for the Study of Social Problems, former Division Chair
The Partnership of the Historic Bostons, President
The New England Organization of Human Services Education, former President
The National Organization for Human Services, former board member
The Bostonian Society, Library Committee member
The Massachusetts Historical Society, Fellow

  • 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)
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