Professor and Director, Brookings Mountain West, Lincy Institute, Department of Sociology
Robert E. Lang is a Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Brookings Mountain West at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is also the Director of the Lincy Institute at UNLV. In addition, Dr Lang is currently a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Fellow of the Urban Land Institute, both in Washington, DC. In 2008, Dr Lang was a Fulbright Fellow at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. In 2006, he was a Visiting Distinguished Professor at Arizona State University. Dr. Lang was also recently a Planning and Development Fellow of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge, MA, and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the University of California, Riverside. Prior to joining UNLV, Dr. Lang was a Professor and Director of the Urban Affairs and Planning program at Virginia Tech in Alexandria, VA and served as the founding Director of the Metropolitan Institute. Previous to Virginia Tech, he was Director of Urban and Metropolitan Research at Fannie Mae in Washington, DC. Dr. Lang has also served as editor on several academic journals, including Housing Policy Debate and the Journal of the American Planning Association. Dr. Lang received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Rutgers University, where he also taught sociology and urban studies. His research specialties include suburban studies, real estate, demographic and spatial analysis, economic development, and metropolitan governance. He has authored over 150 academic and professional publications on a wide range of topics, and has developed many new urban planning concepts such as “Boomburbs,” “Edgeless Cities,” and “Megapolitan Areas.” Dr. Lang has managed over 14 million dollars in research and foundation grants since 1996. He has also given over 250 professional and academic talks since that date. Dr. Lang’s research has been featured in the USA Today, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, US News and World Report and reported on by NPR, CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, and ABC World News Tonight. Dr. Lang’s work includes the books Edgeless Cities: Exploring the Elusive Metropolis (2003) and Boomburbs: the Rise of America’s Accidental Cities (2007) which are published by the Brookings Institution Press. He is also co-author of three edited volumes on the census titled Redefining Urban and Suburban America: Evidence from Census 2000, also by the Brookings Institution Press. Dr. Lang’s newest book titled The New Politics of Planning (2009) was published by the Urban Land Institute. His next book is Megapolitans and Megaregions: The Emergence of Large-Scale American Urban Systems, which will be published by the American Planning Association in 2011.