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Brian J Mc Cabe


Assistant Professor


Department of Sociology
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+1 202-687-3867


209-09 Car Barn

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MW 12:45-2:00


Brian McCabe is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Georgetown University. His research focuses on civic engagement and political participation in the United States, looking specifically at the role homeownership plays in building communities and encouraging active citizenship. His current book project, tentatively titled "Building a Nation of Homeowners: Rethinking the Civic Roots of the American Dream," combines original archival research with contemporary survey data to understand the roots and consequences of the American commitment to promoting homeownership.

In addition to his current research on homeownership, civic engagement and community life, Dr. McCabe does work on public opinion in the United States. With colleagues at NYU, he has conducted a series of experiments through the Time-sharing Experiments in the Social Sciences (TESS), including a recent paper that examines framing effects in public support for gay marriage and civil unions.

Dr. McCabe is also a research affiliate at the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at New York University. He is currently part of a research team investigating the impact of historic district designations on local property values in New York City. This project foretells a broader interest in urban policy, including housing policy, gentrification and the distribution of urban services.


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  • PhD (2011) New York University, Sociology
  • MSc (2004) London School of Economics, Geography
  • BS (2002) Georgetown University, International Relations