Susan Clampet-Lundquist, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Office: Merion Hall 363
Phone: (610) 660-1680

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Susan Clampet-Lundquist is Associate Professor of Sociology. She came to the field of sociology through an interdisciplinary route which informs her research and teaching. After receiving her B.A. in Psychology from Furman University, Susan moved to Philadelphia to work with a non-profit organization which ran after-school programs and summer camps in public housing. This experience made her hooked on cities, and Philadelphia in particular. After earning a Master's degree at Temple University in Urban Studies, she worked as a research analyst at the Office of Maternal and Child Health for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. She analyzed infant mortality, teen pregnancy, and medical assistance receipt for two years before returning to graduate school. While at the University of Pennsylvania, she earned a Master's degree in Demography and a Ph.D. in Sociology. This training provides her with methodological skills that are quantitative and qualitative.

Susan's research focuses on urban neighborhoods, families, adolescent risk behavior, and social policy. For her dissertation, she interviewed families who were forcibly relocated from a public housing development in Philadelphia. She has published three articles from these interviews which address issues of change in the area of economic self-sufficiency, social networks, and the ability of teens to access better neighborhood resources: No More 'Bois Ball: The Impact of Relocation from Public Housing on Adolescents; Moving Over or Moving Up? Short-Term Gains and Losses for Relocated HOPE IV Families; HOPE VI Relocation: Moving to New Neighborhoods and Building New Ties. She has also submitted an article on the effect of the relocation on perceptions of vulnerability to neighborhood violence.

For three years, she was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Princeton University where she was involved in a research project on the Moving To Opportunity demonstration. During the first year, she coordinated fieldwork and conducted interviews with families in Baltimore who had moved from public housing. Since then, she has worked on analyzing interview and survey data from families in Baltimore and the other four MTO cities. She will be publishing an article with Doug Massey in the American Journal of Sociology this year which explores the implementation of the MTO treatment and the limitations of using MTO data to measure neighborhood effects. She is a co-author on a published chapter looking at employment among the MTO sample in Baltimore. Two other papers address gender differences in adolescent risk behavior, and changes in adult social ties.

Susan joined the faculty at Saint Joseph's University in 2006. In addition to teaching undergraduate classes, she has taught in the Criminal Justice graduate program, most recently teaching a class on crime analysis and mapping. She also supervises graduate students who choose to conduct original research and write theses.

She lives in West Philadelphia with her husband and two daughters.


  • B.A. Psychology, Furman University
  • M.A. Urban Studies, Temple University
  • M.A. Demography, University of Pennsylvania
  • Ph.D. Sociology, University of Pennsylvania 



  • Clampet-Lundquist, S., Edin, K., Kling, J., and Duncan, G. 2011 “Moving teenagers out of high-risk neighborhoods:  How girls fare better than boys.” American Journal of Sociology, 116, 4, 1154 – 1189.
  • Clampet-Lundquist, S. 2011.  “Teens, mental health, and Moving to Opportunity.” In Birch, E., Newburger, H., and Wachter, S. (eds) Neighborhood and Life Chances: How Place Matters in Modern America.  Philadelphia:  University of Pennsylvania Press, pp. 204 – 220.
  • Clampet-Lundquist, S.  2010. “’Everyone had your back’: Social ties, perceived safety, and public housing relocation.” City and Community, 9, 1, 87 - 108.
  • Clampet-Lundquist, S. and Massey, D. 2008.  “Neighborhood effects on economic self-sufficiency:  A reconsideration of the Moving to Opportunity experiment.”  American Journal of Sociology, 114, 1, 107 – 143.

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Faculty Expert Profile

  • Expertise: Urban Families, Adolescents in Low-Income Neighborhoods, Urban and Social Policy