Book Comparing New York and Los Angeles to Launch on May 16

Halle_Beveridge_lgAn instructive exercise in where the nation is heading,” wrote New York Times reporter Sam Roberts of New York and Los Angeles: The Uncertain Future (Oxford University Press), the first in-depth comparative study of two regions where one in eight Americans currently lives. Serving as coeditors and contributors, members of the Graduate Center doctoral faculty in sociology were integral to the production of this eye-opening work.

The book provides data from the latest Census and American Community Survey and examines, among a wide variety of topics, the causes behind New York’s plummeting crime rate; the role of race in delaying housing integration; and mayoral race politics.

At the May 16 launch, coeditors David Halle and Andrew A. Beveridge, both members of the doctoral faculty in sociology, will join other contributors to discuss individual essays that the volume comprises. Among them will be three other GC sociologists: Distinguished Professor Nancy Foner and Professors Margaret M. Chin and William Kornblum. Others on the panel will include contributors Susan Fainstein, Harvard University; George Sweeting, New York Independent Budget Office; Jeffrey Fagan, Columbia University Law School; Andrew Deener, University of Connecticut; and Rick Bell, New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

The book launch will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, in Room 6112 (Sociology Lounge, sixth floor), at the Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue (at 34th Street), New York City. A reception will follow the forum. The event is free and open to the public.