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Bill Rohe

William M. Rohe, Ph.D.
Faculty Associate


William M. Rohe received his Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in 1978. In 2005, he was awarded a distinguished professorship by the University for contributions to scholarship in the field of city and regional planning. He holds the title of the Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor of City & Regional Planning. Rohe specializes in housing and community development planning and policy. From 1994 to 2019, Rohe served as director of the Center for Urban and Regional Studies.

Rohe is a widely-published author. His books include Planning with Neighborhoods (University of North Carolina Press), Chasing the American Dream: New Perspectives on Affordable Homeownership (Cornell University Press), and The Research Triangle: From Tobacco Road to Global Prominence (University of Pennsylvania Press). He has also published over sixty refereed journal articles on the topics of housing and community development policy and practice, as well as numerous research reports for federal, state and local government agencies and major foundations. Rohe has received best article awards from both the Journal of Planning Education and Research and the Journal of the American Planning Association and he has conducted sponsored research for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Ford Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation and many other organizations. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Urban Affairs and Journal of Planning Literature and is an associate editor of the journal Housing Policy Debate. Rohe has also been awarded two Fulbright Scholarships to study urban revitalization in Barcelona, Spain and Glasgow, Scotland.

Rohe’s current projects include: an evaluation of the Charlotte Housing Authority’s Moving to Work Demonstration and its Boulevard Homes HOPE VI project. He is also conducting a long-term assessment of the impacts of individual development accounts on homeownership, total wealth, education attainment and psychological well being.