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Wilfred E. Holton

professor, sociology Northeastern

Will Holton is associate professor of sociology at Northeastern University. He graduated from Vanderbilt University in 164, majoring in sociology with a minor in history, and then earned two degrees in sociology at Boston University, an M.S. in 1966 and a Ph.D. in 1972. He joined the faculty at Northeastern University in 193, where his teaching and research focus on neighborhood change, group relations, poverty, and political issues in Boston. Since 1975 he has taught the popular "Sociology of Boston" course, for which he has prepared a text, "Discovering Boston: A Social Perspective on the City." From 1984 to 2000 he operated "Discovering Boston Walking Tours." In 1986 Holton delivered a series of N.E.H. lectures titled "The Social History of the South End" at the South End Branch of the Boston Public Library. His current major research focuses on the motivations for the massive project that filled the 850-acre Back Bay marsh in Boston in the nineteenth century. Holton is president of The Partnership of the Historic Bostons, a nonprofit organization that educates the public about its historical legacy from the town of Boston, England. [Source: http://books.google.com/books?id=Qg\_uLLXLY5kC&pg=PA260&lpg=PA260&dq=Wilfred+E.+Holton&source=bl&ots=oErqiO1HO7&sig=bLD5qr3xK29Y7\_3uT\_pOY-dmTkU&hl=en&ei=DidPTKjVFYGynAeklI3WBw&sa=X&oi=book\_result&ct=result&resnum=7&ved=0CCMQ6AEwBjgK#v=onepage&q=Wilfred%20E.%20Holton&f=false]