Urban Sociology, Race and Ethnicity, Cultural Sociology
I am an urban sociologist who studies urbanization and its intersections with race, culture, knowledge, political economy, and the environment.
I have recently completed work on my first book, Parks for Profit: Selling Nature in the City, which will be published in 2021 with Columbia University Press. Building on a series of peer-reviewed publications, in the book I investigate the cultural, political-economic, and racial dynamics of postindustrial park development in the U.S., drawing on three cases: New York’s High Line, Chicago’s Bloomingdale Trail/606, and Houston’s Buffalo Bayou Park.
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 an urban planning tool in recent decades. This ongoing project has resulted in publications in Population and Environment, Natural Hazards Review, Socius, and Social Currents.
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.
Loughran, Kevin, and James R. Elliott. 2019. “Residential Buyouts as Environmental Mobility: Examining Where Homeowners Move to Illuminate Social Inequities in Climate Adaptation.” Population and Environment 41(1): 52-70.
Loughran, Kevin, Gary Alan Fine, and Marcus Anthony Hunter. 2018. “Architectures of Memory: When Growth Machines Embrace Preservationists.” Sociological Forum 33(4): 855-76.
Loughran, Kevin. 2016. “Imbricated Spaces: The High Line, Urban Parks, and the Cultural Meaning of City and Nature.” Sociological Theory 34(4): 311-34.
Loughran, Kevin. 2015. “The Philadelphia Negro and the Canon of Classical Urban Theory.” Du Bois Review 12(2): 249-67.
Loughran, Kevin. 2014. “Parks for Profit: The High Line, Growth Machines, and the Uneven Development of Urban Public Spaces.” City & Community 13(1): 49-68.