Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters

at the University of Massachusetts Boston

Maps & Directions

Faculty & Staff

Chester Hartman, PhD

  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Sociology, George Washington University Director, Research for the Poverty & Race Research Action Council, Washington D.C.
  • Telephone: 617.287.7116


PhD, City and Regional Planning, Harvard University

Additional Information

Chester Hartman, an urban planner and author, is Director of Research for the Poverty & Race Research Action Council (where he was founding Executive Director from 1989-2003) in Washington, DC, and Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Sociology, George Washington University. Prior to taking his present position, he was a Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, and of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. He holds a PhD in City and Regional Planning from Harvard and served on the faculty there as well as at Yale, the University of North Carolina, Cornell, the University of California-Berkeley, American University, and Columbia University.

His books include Mandate for Change: Policies and Leadership for 2009 and Beyond (Lexington Books, forthcoming Jan. 2009); Housing Urban America (Aldine, 1973; rev. ed 1980); The World of the Urban Working Class (Harvard Univ. Press, 1973); Yerba Buena: Land Grab and Community Resistance in San Francisco (Glide, 1974); Housing and Social Policy (Prentice-Hall, 1975); Displacement: How to Fight It (National Housing Law Project, 1982); America’s Housing Crisis: What Is To Be Done? (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1983); The Transformation of San Francisco (Rowman and Allanheld, 1984); Critical Perspectives on Housing (Temple University Press, 1986); Winning America: Ideas & Leadership for the 1990s (South End Press, 1988); Housing Issues of the 1990s (Praeger, 1989); Paradigms Lost: The Post Cold War Era (Pluto, 1992); Double Exposure: Poverty and Race in America (M.E. Sharpe, 1997); Challenges to Equality: Poverty & Race in America (M.E. Sharpe, 2001); Between Eminence & Notoriety: Four Decades of Radical Urban Planning (Rutgers University Center for Urban Policy Research, 2002); City for Sale: The Transformation of San Francisco (University of California Press, 2002); A Right to Housing: Foundation for a New Social Agenda (Temple University Press, 2006); Poverty & Race in America: The Emerging Agendas (Lexington Books, 2006); There Is No Such Thing As a Natural Disaster: Race, Class and Hurricane Katrina (Routledge, 2006); and, Pathways to Hope: An Agenda for Justice, Peace and the Environment (in preparation, Lexington Books, 2008).

His articles have appeared in The Nation, Social Work, Virginia Law Review, Journal of the American Planning Association, University of Wisconsin Law Review, Progressive Architecture, The Utne Reader, The Village Voice, Encyclopedia of Social Work, Social Policy, Society, Dissent, Mother Jones, Planning, Yale Law Journal, Journal of Housing, The Progressive, Land Economics, The Gerontologist, Shelterforce, Clearinghouse Review, The Urban Lawyer, Journal of Urban Affairs, Public Welfare, Vanderbilt Law Review, Social Work, Journal of Public Health Policy, Seton Hall Law Review, Housing Policy Debate, University of North Carolina Law Review, The Encyclopedia of Housing, Civil Rights Journal, The Journal of Negro Education, Souls, and numerous other academic and popular journals and newspapers.

Hartman is the founder and former Chair of the Planners Network, a national organization of progressive urban and rural planners and community organizers.

He serves/has served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Negro Education, Journal of Urban Affairs, Housing Policy Debate, Urban Affairs Quarterly, Housing Studies, and is a former Board member/Secretary of the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

He has been a consultant to numerous public and private agencies, including the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, Stanford Research Institute, Arthur D. Little, California Rural Legal Assistance, the Urban Coalition, the California Department of Housing and Community Development, and the Legal Aid Society of New York.