Alan A. Altshuler, a Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor and the Ruth and Frank Stanton Professor of Urban Policy and Planning, is a visiting professor this year is teaching Urban Politics, Planning and Development this Winter quarter. His teaching and research focus on urban politics, planning, and public investment.
Professor Altshuler’s winter course, Special Topics in Regional and International Development, covers the roles of public governance and planning in shaping cities and urban regions. Key topics include U.S. urban politics, politics of land use planning and zoning, urban revitalization, highway and mass transit, and other large-scale categories of urban public investment. Additional topics include air quality regulation and contemporary efforts to achieve “smart” growth a large scale.
Prior appointments include dean of the Graduate School of Design, director of the A. Alfred Taubman Center for State and Local Government and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, academic dean of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, dean of NYU's Graduate School of Public Administration, and Professor of Political Science and Urban Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Altshuler also served as secretary of transportation for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1971 to 1975.
He received his BA from Cornell University and his MA and PhD from the University of Chicago.
Altshuler has written or co-authored several books including, The City Planning Process: A Political Analysis; Community Control: The Black Demand for Participation in Large American Cities; The Urban Transportation System; Innovations in American Government: Challenges Opportunities, and Dilemmas; the Future of the Automobile; Regulation for Revenue; The Political Economy of Land Use Extractions (with GSD Professor José A. Gómez-Ibáñez); Governance and Opportunity in Metropolitan America, and, Mega Projects: The Changing Politics of Urban Public Investment (with David Luberoff).