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Driving Detroit: The Quest for Respect in the Motor City

Posted Friday, February 8, 2013

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George Galster earned his Ph.D. in Economics from M.I.T. with undergraduate degrees from Wittenberg and Case Western Reserve. He has published over 120 peer-reviewed articles, primarily on the topics of metropolitan housing markets, racial discrimination and segregation, neighborhood dynamics, residential reinvestment, community lending and insurance patterns, neighborhood effects and social mixing, and urban poverty. His authored, co-authored, and edited books include Homeowners and Neighborhood Reinvestment, 1987; The Maze of Urban Housing Markets, 1991; The Metropolis in Black and White, 1992; Reality and Research: Social Science and American Urban Policy since 1960, 1996; Why NOT in My Back Yard?: The Neighborhood Impacts of Assisted Housing, 2003; Life in Poverty Neighborhoods, 2005; Frontiers of Quantifying Neighborhood Effects, 2008 and Driving Detroit, 2012.

Dr. Galster provides a wealth of experience in academic, governmental, non-profit, and for-profit circles. He has been a consultant to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U. S. Department of Justice, numerous municipalities, community organizations, civil rights groups, and organizations like the National Association of Realtors, American Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, and Chemical Bank Corporation. He has served on the Consumer Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors, National Academy of Science review committees, and numerous other leadership positions in community service.  He has provided housing policy consultations to the governments of Australia, Canada, China, Scotland, and the U.S.

Dr. Galster has held positions at the Universities of: Harvard, Berkeley, North Carolina, Amsterdam, Delft, Glasgow, Oslo, Mannheim, and Western Sidney, among others. He served as Director of Housing Research at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC before coming to WayneStateUniversity in 1996.

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