In a column earlier this year, David Brooks wrote: “For the life of me, I can’t figure out why so many Republicans prefer a dying white America to a place like, say, Houston… The large immigrant population has paradoxically given the city a very strong, very patriotic and cohesive culture, built around being welcoming to newcomers and embracing the future.” I decided to explore his view of Houston by talking, in this episode, to Prof. Stephen Klineberg a sociologist that has been studying Houston for 35 years and reporting the research results in the annual Houston Area Survey. No other metropolitan region in the country has been the focus of a research program of this scope. The Houston Area Survey’s findings reveal how Houston is a harbinger of many of the changes facing urban areas across the country.
About Prof. Klineberg: A graduate of Haverford College, Stephen Klineberg received an M.A. in Psychopathology from the University of Paris and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Harvard. After teaching at Princeton, he joined Rice University’s Sociology Department in 1972. The recipient of twelve major teaching awards, including the George R. Brown Lifetime Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Piper Professor Award, he is a faculty associate and divisional advisor at Lovett College, where he twice served as Interim Master. He is the Founding Director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University.
Books, resources, and people mentioned in the episode:
David Brooks, “The National Death Wish,” NY Times Feb. 24, 2017