WWS Calendar

Climbing Mount Laurel

Audience: 
Open to the Public
Speaker(s): 
Douglas Massey, the Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School, and author
Sponsor: 

Woodrow Wilson School

Douglas Massey,  co-author of the new book, "Climbing Mount Laurel: The Struggle for Affordable Housing and Social Mobility in an American Suburb," will lead a panel discussion at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 7 in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.  Massey is the Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School.

He will be joined by co-author David Kinsey, a partner at Kinsey & Hand in Princeton and a visiting lecturer in public and international affairs at the Wilson School; and Peter J. O’Connor, founder and executive director of Fair Share Housing (FSHD).  A public reception and book sale/signing of Massey’s book will follow the discussion in Shultz Dining Room.

Massey has also served on the faculties of the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on race and housing, international migration, discrimination, education, urban poverty, and Latin America, especially Mexico. In addition to his current book, he is the author of “Return of the L-Word: A Liberal Vision for the New Century” (Princeton University Press, 2005) and “Strangers in a Strange Land: Humans in an Urbanizing World” (Norton, 2005).

Kinsey is an urban, regional, and environmental planner who specializes in affordable housing planning, for courts, developers, public interest organizations, nonprofits, and towns throughout New Jersey.  A planning consultant based in Princeton, Kinsey has served as a special master and planning expert in Mount Laurel exclusionary zoning-affordable housing litigation since 1985.

O’Connor is a longtime civil rights activist and co-counsel in the Mount Laurel litigation, which ruled that every municipality in New Jersey must plan, zone and take measures to provide its “fair share” of the region’s need for affordable housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income families. He founded FSHD to fully implement the settlement agreement in the Mount Laurel litigation with housing that would reach the low income families.