Robert A. Beauregard

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Professor of Urban Planning in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University.  He is chair of the Doctoral Subcommittee on Urban Planning and teaches courses on planning theory, urban redevelopment policy, social theory, and research design.  His PhD is in city and regional planning from Cornell University and he has a degree in architecture from RISD.  He previously taught at The New School, University of Pittsburgh, Rutgers University, and Ball State University and has been a visiting professor at UCLA and the Helsinki University of Technology.  


Beauregard’s research focuses mainly on urbanization in the United States with particular attention to industrial city decline after World War II – a story told in Voices of Decline: The Postwar Fate of US Cities (Routledge, 2003ed.) -- and to current urban growth and decline with specific attention to shrinking cities. 

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His most recent book is When America Became Suburban (University of Minnesota Press, 2006).  Currently, Beauregard is completing a book manuscript on planning theory and the new materialism which draws on actor-network theory and science and technology studies to locate planners in the material world. His next project is a book-length investigation of the nature and fate of cities in the United States tentatively titled Why Cities Endure. His most recent (co-authored) journal article is “Planning for the Material World” in Crios (2014) and he has a forthcoming book chapter on American urbanism titled “In Defense of a People Wrongly Accused of Anti-Urbanism.”