Lance Freeman Appointed Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor

Lance Freeman,  James W. Effron University Professor

Interim President Wendell Pritchett and Interim Provost Beth Winkelstein announced the appointment of Lance Freeman as the University of Pennsylvania’s 29th Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor.

Freeman, one of the world’s leading scholars of urban housing and gentrification, is the James W. Effron University Professor, with joint appointments in the Department of Sociology in Penn Arts & Sciences and the Department of City and Regional Planning in the Stuart Weitzman School of Design.

Freeman, most recently professor in the Urban Planning Program at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation of Columbia University, spent the 2020-21 academic year at Penn as the Provost’s Distinguished Visiting Faculty Fellow. He is the author of A Haven and a Hell: The Ghetto in Black America, which won the 2020 Distinguished Book Award from Columbia University Press, and There Goes the ‘Hood: Views of Gentrification from the Ground Up, which won the 2007 Best Book Award from the Urban Affairs Association. He is also the author of dozens of scholarly articles and book chapters about such critical issues as housing policy, urban poverty, neighborhood change, and residential segregation.

The Penn Integrates Knowledge program was launched in 2005 as a University-wide initiative to recruit exceptional faculty members whose research and teaching exemplify the integration of knowledge across disciplines and who are appointed in at least two schools at Penn.

The James W. Effron University Professorship was established in 2005 through a gift of Craig W. Effron, a 1981 Penn graduate. Craig Effron is a founding partner of Scoggin Capital Management, a hedge fund in New York City. The professorship is named in honor of his late father.

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