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Jeffrey S. Lowe, Ph.D.

Jeffrey S. Lowe is Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University, and Chair of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Committee on Diversity. Prior to joining the Department of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy faculty, he held faculty positions in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida State University and Jackson State University (where he contributed to building a nascent planning program at a historically Black University). Also, Jeffrey has been a Visiting Associate Professor of Urban Planning in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University and the Graduate Program in City and Regional Planning at The University of Memphis. He received his Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Policy Development from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; a MCRP from Morgan State University; and a BBA from Howard University.

His research focuses on social justice and racial equity concerns within the context of community development and housing policy. This includes specific attention to local philanthropy, university-community partnerships, and community land trust. He is the author of Rebuilding Communities the Public Trust Way: Community Foundation Assistance to CDCs, 1980-2000 (Lexington Press 2006) and other publications pertaining to these interests including those in Planning, Practice and Research, Housing Policy Debate, Journal of Urban Affairs, and Urban Geography.

When asked about his plans as Chair for the Committee on Diversity, Lowe had this to say,

“Over the next couple of years, the Committee on Diversity will provide better techniques, information, and lessons for planning schools to draw upon as they become more engaged in creating wholesome climates and in increasing the number of faculty and students in the field from underrepresented communities of color."

In addition to Chair of the Committee on Diversity, his service to ACSP includes founding member and past co-chair of the Planners of Color Interest Group. Regarding the profession, from 2004-2007, he served as chair of the Planning and the Black Community Division of the American Planning Association (APA). He was also a member of the APA National Hurricane Recovery Task Force (Katrina and Rita). At present, Professor Lowe is a member of Planners Network, the National Community Land Trust Network’s Community Land Trust Research Collaborative, the National Active Transportation Diversity Taskforce (an entity of Safe Routes to School National Partnership), and a board member of the Great Plains Restoration Council.

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