Tom Angotti is professor in the Hunter College Department of Urban Affairs and Planning in New York City, and director of the Hunter College Center for Community Planning and Development. and teaches urban affairs and planning at Hunter College/City University of New York. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru during the 1960s and has opposed US-led wars in Vietnam, Central America, and the Middle East. He has published three books, including Service-Learning in Design and Planning: Educating at the Boundaries, and many articles, but this is his first work of fiction.
He formerly chaired the Pratt Institute Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment, and was a senior planner in the New York City Department of City Planning and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development. He also taught at Columbia University, Harvard, and University of California, Berkeley. He is a Fellow at the American Academy in Rome, the Land Use columnist for Gotham Gazette, co-edits Progressive Planning Magazine, and is an editor for Latin American Perspectives and Local Environment. He has published four books: The New Century of the Metropolis: Urban Enclaves and Orientalism (Routledge, 2012), New York For Sale: Community Planning Confronts Global Real Estate (MIT Press, 2008), Metropolis 2000: Planning Poverty and Politics (Routledge, 1993), and Housing in Italy: Urban Development and Political Change (Praeger, 1977) as well as numerous articles on urban affairs and planning. He is a founding member of the Task Force on Community-Based Planning in New York City. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.