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. Tracing changing ideas about cities and nature and underscoring the centrality of race and class, I argue that postindustrial parks aestheticize past disinvestment while serving as green engines of gentrification.

My engagement with urban-environmental concerns also includes pressing questions of adaptation in the time of climate change. I have been investigating flood control programs in the U.S. and particularly the growing use of voluntary property buyouts as a public policy tool in recent decades. This ongoing project has resulted in publications in Population and Environment, Natural Hazards Review, Social Problems, Socius, and Social Currents and has recently been awarded a National Science Foundation grant.

Other work has examined the politics of historic preservation, race and public space, and the urban theory of W.E.B. Du Bois.

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.