Richard A. Wright

Academic Appointments
  • Professor of Geography

  • Orvil Dryfoos Professor of Public Affairs

Richard studies labor markets and housing markets in the US. He has three current projects.  One involves skilled migration, both within and to the US. Another looks at housing markets—from the perspective of race and racism. A third considers the regulation of migration. Recent research has also examined the effects of the Great Recession and anti-immigrant legislation on migration.

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Fairchild, Room 011
HB 6017




  • B.Ed. University of Nottingham
  • M.A. Indiana University
  • Ph.D. Indiana University

Selected Publications

  • Richard Wright, Mark Ellis, Steven Holloway, and Gemma Catney. 2018. “The instability of highly racially diverse residential neighborhoods in the United States,” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity,

  • Richard Wright and Mark Ellis. 2018. “Where STEM graduates move: human capital, employment growth, and interstate migration in the United States,” Population, Space and Place,

  • Thomas Cooke, Richard Wright, and Mark Ellis. 2018 “A Prospective on Zelinsky’s ‘Hypothesis of the Mobility Transition’,Geographical Review, doi: 10.1111/gere.12310.

  • Mark Ellis, Richard Wright, Lee Fiorio, and Steven Holloway. 2018 “Predicting neighborhood racial change in US metropolitan areas,” Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science,

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Works In Progress

  • Principal Investigator, with Jonathan Chipman (Dartmouth College), “An Interactive Web-Based Atlas of Segregation and Diversity.” CompX Faculty Grant, Neukom Institute, Dartmouth College.

  • Principal Investigator, with Mark Ellis, (U. of Washington), "From College to Work: Connecting STEM Education and STEM Employment in US Labor Markets." Scholarly Innovation and Advancement Award. Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Dartmouth College.