Schwartz, Alex


Alex Schwartz
PhD, Urban Planning and Policy Development, Rutgers University
Professor of Urban Policy, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

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Areas of Expertise:
Housing and community development, affordable housing programs, community reinvestment, community development corporations
Alex Schwartz is a professor at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School for Public Engagement. He directs the Urban Policy Lab, an intensive-client oriented course required of all Urban Policy students. He is a former chair of the school’s Department of Urban Policy Analysis and Management. Mr. Schwartz’s principal area of research is housing and community development, including affordable housing programs, community reinvestment, mortgage lending, and community development corporations. He is the author of Housing Policy in the United States, the third edition of which was published by Routledge in 2014. He serves as the Managing Editor for North America for the international journal Housing Studies. His articles have been published in such journals as Cityscape, Economic Development Quarterly, Housing Finance International, Housing Policy Debate, Housing Studies, Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, Journal of the American Planning Association, and Journal of Urban Affairs.
Courses Taught:
  • Advanced Seminar
  • Community Development
  • Housing Policy
  • Policy Analysis
  • Urban Policy Lab
Recent Publications:

Housing Policy in the United States (3rd Edition). New York: Routledge, 2014.  (Second edition designated by Choice Magazine as "Outstanding Academic Title") Chinese translation of 2nd edition published in 2012.

"Affordable Rental Housing in the United States: from Financial Crisis to Fiscal Austerity." Housing Finance International (Spring 2013): 17-24

"Housing Policy in the Age of Obama: From Crisis to Stasis." International Journal of Housing Policy 12,2 (2012): 227-240

"Housing" (with Robert Buckley). 2012, in Robert D, Ebel and John F. Peterson, eds., The Oxford Handbook of State and Local Government Finance. New York: Oxford University Press.

"The Credit Crunch and Subsidized Low Income Housing: The UK and US Experience Compared." Housing and the Built Environment (special issue) 26 (2011): 353-374.


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