Brian McCabe is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Georgetown University. He earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University and his M.Sc. in Geography from the London School of Economics. He previously worked at the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) in New York City and as a doctoral research assistant at the Furman Center. His current research with Vicki Been and Ingrid Ellen examines the impact of historic district designations on residential property values, construction activity and demographic change in New York City. He also studies the civic benefits of homeownership, investigating whether homeowners participate more actively in political life and community affairs.