Chester Hartman is an urban planner, author, and academic. He is currently the director of research at Poverty & Race Research Action Council. He has served on the faculty (full time or visiting) of the City Planning Departments of Harvard University, Yale University, Cornell University, Columbia University, University of North Carolina, University of California-Berkeley, American University, and George Washington University. He is founder and former chair of the Planners Network, a national organization of progressive urban and rural planners and community organizers.
The most recent of his twenty books include The Integration Debate: Competing Futures for American Cities (coedited with Gregory Squires; 2010); Mandate for Change: Policies and Leadership for 2009 and Beyond (2009); There Is No Such Thing As a Natural Disaster: Race, Class, and Hurricane Katrina (coedited with Gregory Squires; 2006); Poverty & Race in America: The Emerging Agendas (2006); A Right to Housing: Foundation for a New Social Agenda (coedited with Rachel Bratt and Michael Stone, 2006); and City for Sale: The Transformation of San Francisco (2002). He serves and has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Negro Education, Journal of Urban Affairs, Housing Policy Debate, Urban Affairs Quarterly, and Housing Studies. Among the periodicals his articles have appeared in are The Nation, Social Work, Virginia Law Review, The Village Voice, Journal of Social Work, Utne Reader, The Progressive, The Encyclopedia of Housing, Social Work Journal. Public Health Policy, Progressive Architecture, Yale Law Journal, and Public Welfare, as well as op-eds for numerous newspapers. Among the organizations for which he has been a consultant are the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, US Civil Rights Commission, Arthur D. Little, Southern Poverty Law Center, and the California Department of Housing and Community Development.
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