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UAlbany Professor Ranks Among Nation's Top 25 Demographers
American Demographics Magazine Names UAlbany's John Logan a "Demographic Diamond" for Outstanding Segregation Analysis

Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry (518) 437-4980 

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 20, 2003) -- John Logan, director of the Lewis Mumford Center for Comparative Urban and Regional Research at the University of Albany, is one of the nation's top 25 "demographers, market researchers, media experts, niche experts and futurists," according to the April 2003 issue of American Demographics Magazine, the well-regarded source for consumer and behavior trends.

Logan joins other notable demographers including Kenneth Prewitt, director of the Census Bureau from 1998 to 2001. The recognition was part of the magazine's 25th anniversary celebration. The issue offered a special report that forecasts key demographic shifts and revisits some of the significant consumer trends the nation has observed along the way.

Citing his pivotal analysis of segregation data from Census 2000, the magazine recognized Logan, a distinguished professor of Sociology, for being the first to document that segregation declined very slowly between 1990 and 2000.

In addition to directing the Mumford Center, Logan is the co-author of Urban Fortunes: The Political Economy of Place (University of California Press, 1987), and he recently edited The New Chinese City: Globalization and Market Reform, to be published by Blackwell. He is currently at work on Never a Melting Pot-an exploration of the incorporation of immigrant and minority groups in New York's labor and housing markets from 1880 to the present.

Logan joined the faculty of UAlbany in 1980. Prior to his position at UAlbany, he was an assistant professor at Stony Brook University -- SUNY. He received his MA from Columbia University and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

The Mumford Center, founded in 1988, is an interdisciplinary venue where scholars could exchange ideas and collaborate on a wide range of projects focusing on the urban political economy. Since its founding, the Center has sponsored a number of local, national, and internationally-based initiatives, including a research project on the employment prospects of youth exiting foster care in New York State; and an interdisciplinary study concerning the dynamics of neighborhood change in the New York metropolis.

Established in 1844 and designated a center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University at Albany's broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages 17,000 diverse students in eight degree-granting schools and colleges. The University is engaged in a $500 million fundraising campaign, the most ambitious in its history, with the goal of placing it among the nation's top 30 public research universities by the end of the decade. For more information about this nationally ranked University, visit

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