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Massey Receives Awards from American Sociological Association

Aug 14, 2014
Eric Wilkens
Woodrow Wilson School
Douglas Massey, the Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, has received two awards from the Community and Urban Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association.
For his distinguished career achievement in community and urban sociology, Massey received the Robert and Helen Lynd Career Lifetime Achievement Award.
In addition, Massey received the Robert E. Park Award for Best Book for “Climbing Mount Laurel: The Struggle for Affordable Housing and Social Mobility in an American Suburb.” The Park Award is presented annually in honor of Robert E. Park’s contributions to urban sociology.
“Climbing Mount Laurel” explores life in the Ethel Lawrence Homes, a fair housing development that opened in 2001 in Mount Laurel, N.J., an affluent suburb 30 minutes outside of Philadelphia. The project stemmed from the New Jersey State Constitution’s requirement that municipalities create realistic opportunities for low- and moderate-income households.
“These awards not only honor me and my contributions, but more importantly reward the efforts of the many students and postdoctoral scholars I have published with over the years and the cause we all believe in: a more equal and integrated urban society,” said Massey, who is also director of the Wilson School’s Office of Population Research (OPR) and director of the undergraduate certificate program in urban studies. “The book award for ‘Climbing Mount Laurel’ exemplifies both, for it was coauthored with four collaborators [Len Albright, Rebecca Casciano, Elizabeth Derickson and David Kinsey] who made the research possible and its conclusions point to New Jersey’s Mount Laurel Doctrine as an efficacious program for poverty reduction and residential integration during a time when the Doctrine is under political attack.”