"Learning from Mount Laurel": the annual Allan Axelrod Lecture
Baker Trial Courtroom
Douglas S. Massey is a prominent sociologist and a co-author of the award-winning book "Climbing Mount Laurel: The Struggle for Affordable Housing and Social Mobility in an American Suburb" (Princeton University Press, 2013). Massey’s topic is “Learning from Mount Laurel.” He will discuss the book’s analyses and conclusions regarding the impact on the residents of the affordable housing units, as well as on the upscale suburb itself, that were built in Mount Laurel as a result of the New Jersey Supreme Court’s landmark fair housing decisions.
The lecture is free and open to the public.
The lecture honors the late Allan Axelrod, William J. Brennan, Jr. Professor of Law Emeritus at Rutgers School of Law–Newark. Professor Axelrod, who died in 2008, taught Contracts, Property, Commercial Law, and Bankruptcy at the law school for 47 years. He was the 1978 recipient of the Lindback Prize, Rutgers University’s highest teaching award.
Massey is the Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, with a joint appointment in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, at Princeton University. His research focuses on international migration, race and housing, discrimination, education, urban poverty, and Latin America, especially Mexico. After receiving his Ph. D. in sociology from Princeton, Massey has continued his academic career in teaching and research at Princeton, the University of California at Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Chicago. He is currently president of the American Academy of Political and Social Science and past-president of the American Sociological Association and the Population Association of America.