Richard Taub is interested in economic development, poverty, social change, India and honor. His current interests include urban, rural and community economic development, the nature of entrepreneurship, public policy with particular concern about implementation and organization of policy initiatives, evaluation of social programs and the sociology of India. Taub is currently working on the way neighborhood contexts shape aspiration.
Taub teaches a course in urban fieldwork to students in sociology, human development, the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies, the School of Social Service Administration and the Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences. His fieldwork has taken him through many Chicago neighborhoods where he has studied economic development. Those activities resulted in the publication of seven books, including most recently There Goes the Neighborhood: Racial, Ethnic, and Class Tensions in Four Chicago Neighborhoods and Their Meaning for America (with William Julius Wilson, Alfred A. Knopf, 2006).