Urbanization and the Environment; Urban Ecology and Urban Theory; Racism and Environmental Justice; Urban Adaptation and Public Policy


I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, where I study urbanization and its intersections with race, culture, knowledge, political economy, public policy, and the environment.

My first book, Parks for Profit: Selling Nature in the City (Columbia University Press, 2022) examines the High Line in New York, the Bloomingdale Trail/606 in Chicago, and Buffalo Bayou Park in Houston to offer a critical perspective on the rise of the postindustrial park.

I am working on two projects currently:

The first is a National Science Foundation-supported study of urban adaptation in the U.S. and particularly the growing use of voluntary property buyouts as a public policy tool in recent decades. Together with James R. Elliott of Rice University, the current phase of the project involves surveying and interviewing people from areas targeted for policy intervention. Findings from this project have been published in Population and EnvironmentNatural Hazards ReviewSocial Problems, Housing Policy Debate, Socius, and Social Currents.

The second is a book project investigating the research methodologies of W.E.B. Du Bois. Co-authored with Jordan A. Conwell of the University of Texas at Austin, the project, titled W.E.B. Du Bois and Social Inquiry: Embracing and Transcending Research Methods, is under contract with the University of Chicago Press. 

I received my Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University in 2017. Prior to coming to Temple, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Rice University.

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications


Media Mentions

Kevin Loughran Featured in The Grid
via Grid on June 02, 2022

Kevin Loughran Featured in The Grid

Kevin Loughran's new work is featured in an interviewed in The Grid.

Kevin Loughran Publishes Op-ed
via Ney York Daily News on April 11, 2022

Kevin Loughran Publishes Op-ed

Kevin Loughran published this op-ed,...

Kevin Loughran's New Book Profiled on Bloomberg CityLab
via Bloomberg CityLab on March 07, 2022

Kevin Loughran's New Book Profiled on Bloomberg CityLab

Sociology Professor Kevin Loughran's new book Parks for Profit has been profiled on Bloomberg CityLab.