Professor of Urban Policy
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Alex F. Schwartz is Professor at Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy. He served as Program Chair in the Department of Urban Policy Analysis and Management from 2001 to 2012. He holds a doctorate in Urban Planning and Policy Development from Rutgers University.
Professor Schwartz's principal area of research centers on housing and community development, including affordable housing programs, fair housing, and community development corporations. While most of his research has focused on housing issues in the United States, Professor Schwartz's most recent work compares housing policy in the United States and in the United Kingdom.
Professor Schwartz is the author of Housing Policy in the United States: 3rd Edition (Routledge, 2014). His research has also appeared in such journals as Cityscape, Economic Development Quarterly, Housing Policy Debate, Housing Studies, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, the Journal of Urban Affairs, and the Journal of the American Planning Association. In addition, he is the Managing Editor for North America for the international journal Housing Studies.
Professor Schwartz is Director of the Milano School's Urban Policy Lab. He also teaches Policy Analysis, Community Development, and Housing Policy.
“The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, Community Development, and Fair Housing: A Response to Orfield et. al. Housing Policy Debate 26,2 (2016): 276-283
“Housing Affordability and Health: Evidence from New York City” (with Rachel Meltzer). Housing Policy Debate, 26,1 (2016): 80-114
“Housing Choice Voucher Location Patterns a Decade Later” (with Kirk McClure and Lydia B. Taghavi) Housing Policy Debate 25, 2 (2015): 215-233
“The Essential if Problematic Role of FHA Mortgage Insurance.” Housing Policy Debate 24, 3 (2014): 666-669.
“Underwater America: How the So-Called Housing Recovery is Bypassing Many American Communities” (With Peter Dreier, Saqib Bhatti, Rob Call, Gregory Squires). Report published by Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at the University of California, Berkeley, May, 2014. http://diversity.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/HaasInsitute_UnderwaterAmerica_PUBLISH_0.pdf
"US Housing Policy in the Age of Obama: From Crisis to Stasis." International Journal of Housing Policy 12,2: (2012): 227-240.
"Lessons from the Housing Crisis" Family and Consumer Science Journal (40, 1): 3-14 (2011).
"The Credit Crunch and Subsidized Low-Income Housing: The UK and US Experience Compared." Housing and the Built Envirobnment 26,3 (2011): 353-374.
Housing Policy in the United States: 2nd Edition (New York: Routledge, 2010).
"After Year 15: Challenges to the Preservation of Housing Financed with Low-Income Housing Tax Credits." Housing Policy Debate 19, 2 (2008): 161-294 (with Edwin Melendez).
"Year 15 and Preservation of Tax-Credit Housing for Low-Income Households: An Assessment of Risk" Housing Studies, 23 1 (2008): 67-87 (with Edwin Melendez)
"Reversing the Tide: Will State and Local Governments House the Poor as Federal Direct Subsidies Decline?" Journal of the American Planning Association 74, 1 (2008): 122-135 (With Elizabeth Mueller)
"Mortgage Crisis: Change not terms, but regulations" (Newsday, Aug. 19th, 2007).
"New York City and Subsidized Housing: Impacts and Lessons of New York City's $4 Billion Capital Budget Housing Plan" Housing Policy Debate 10, 4(1999): 839-877.
"From Confrontation to Collaboration? Banks, Community Groups, and the Implementation of Community Reinvestment Agreements" (pdf) Housing Policy Debate. 9, 3 (1998): 631-662.
"Mixed-Income Housing: Unanswered Questions" (with Kian Tajbakhsh). Cityscape 3, 2 (1997): 71-92.
Urban Policy Lab
Urban Policy Lab for Non-Major