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John R. Logan (Director)

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John R. Logan is Professor of Sociology and Director of the S4 initiative. He came to Brown University in Fall 2004, after 24 years at the University at Albany, where he served as Chair of the Department of Sociology, Director of the Lewis Mumford Center, and Director of the Center for Social and Demographic Analysis. Dr. Logan is co-author, along with Harvey Molotch, of Urban Fortunes: The Political Economy of Place. His most recent edited book, Urban China in Transition, was published by Blackwell in 2007.

Link to Curriculum Vitae


Research Interests:
Urban Sociology, Race & Ethnicity, Migration & Immigration, Family,
Political Sociology


Current projects:
Dr. Logan is pursuing several different research projects. For several
years he has been gathering data on neighborhood change and individual mobility in U.S. cities in the period 1880-1920. The webpage linked below for
Albany People and Neighborhoods shows the extraordinary amount of information that is available about neighborhoods, including historical maps, demographic characteristics of small areas, and lists of people who lived there. Another webpage, New York City History, reports on a project that has traced individual residents over time to see how their families, work, and neighborhoods changed between 1900 and 1920. A much larger project underway is mapping 39 cities in 1880 using full-count census data (Urban Transition Historical GIS Project).

Since the early 1990s Dr. Logan has also studied social change in China, focusing on how individuals, families, and communities have been affected by the transition from socialism to a mixed political economic system. In 1999, with eventual support from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, he organized the Urban China Research Network to stimulate more collaborative research across disciplines and strengthen ties among scholars in this area. His most recent work is based on a collaboration with sociologists at the Chinese Academy of Social Science.


New York City History


Albany People and Neighborhoods