Xavier De Souza Briggs, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Associate Professor Urban Studies and Planning Cambridge, Massachusetts xbriggs@mit.edu Office: (617) 253-7956

Bio/Research

Xavier de Souza Briggs has been appointed Associate Professor of Sociology and Urban Planning in the Department of Urban Studies & Planning.

Briggs has a national reputation for his work on social capital and the ‘geography of opportunity’ – a policy and research field concerned with the...


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Bio/Research

Xavier de Souza Briggs has been appointed Associate Professor of Sociology and Urban Planning in the Department of Urban Studies & Planning.

Briggs has a national reputation for his work on social capital and the ‘geography of opportunity’ – a policy and research field concerned with the consequences of segregation by race and income and with efforts to respond, such as through ‘housing mobility’ programs that help families exit high-poverty, high-risk neighborhoods in search of better places to raise their kids.

A senior policy official in the Clinton Administration from 1998 to 1999, Briggs was Acting Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. He has been an adviser to The World Bank, The Rockefeller Foundation and other groups and has also worked closer to the streets—as a community planner in the South Bronx, Chicago and other cities.


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