Dr. Robert Bullard

Distinguished Professor
Ph.D. , Iowa State University
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Departments: Administration of Justice, Urban Planning & Environmental Policy

Areas of Specialization:
Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Environmental Policy Environmental Racism, Sustainable Development, Urban Land Use

Curriculum Vitae

Robert D. Bullard is the former Dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University 2011-2016, he is currently Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy. Prior to coming to TSU he was founding Director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University. He has been described as the father of environmental justice. He received his Ph.D. degree from Iowa State University. He is the author of seventeen books that address sustainable development, environmental racism, urban land use, industrial facility siting, community reinvestment, housing, transportation, climate justice, emergency response, smart growth, and regional equity.

Professor Bullard was featured in the July 2007 CNN People You Should Know, Bullard: Green Issue is Black and White. In 2008, Newsweek named him one of 13 Environmental Leaders of the Century. And that same year, Co-op America honored him with its Building Economic Alternatives Award (BEA). In 2010, The Grio named him one of the “100 Black History Makers in the Making” and Planet Harmony named him one of Ten African American Green Heroes.”

His book, Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class and Environmental Quality (Westview Press, 2000), is a standard text in the environmental justice field. His most recent books include Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World (MIT Press, 2003), Highway Robbery: Transportation Racism and New Routes to Equity (South End Press, 2004), The Quest for Environmental Justice: Human Rights and the Politics of Pollution (Sierra Club Books, 2005), Growing Smarter: Achieving Livable Communities, Environmental Justice, and Regional Equity (MIT Press, 2007), and The Black Metropolis in the Twenty-First Century: Race, Power, and the Politics of Place (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007). Dr. Bullard is co-author of In the Wake of the Storm: Environment, Disaster and Race After Katrina (Russell Sage Foundation, 2006) and Toxic Wastes and Race at Twenty: 1987-2007 (United Church of Christ Witness & Justice Ministries, 2007). His latest books include Race, Place and Environmental Justice After Hurricane Katrina: Struggles to Reclaim, Rebuild, and Revitalize New Orleans and the Gulf Coast (Westview Press, 2009) and Environmental Health and Racial Equity in the United States: Strategies for Building Just, Sustainable and Livable Communities (American Public Health Association Press, April, 2011). He is completing work on a new book entitled Wrong Complexion for Protection: How the Government Response to Disaster Endangers African American Communities (New York University Press, 2012). In 2014, the Sierra Club named its new Environmental Justice Award after Dr. Bullard.  And in 2015, the Iowa State University Alumni Association named him its Alumni Merit Award recipient—an award also given to George Washington Carver (1894 ISU alum) in 1937.

Dr. Laura Solitare

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Rutgers University
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Departments: Urban Planning & Environmental Policy

Areas of Specialization:
Brownfield’s Redevelopment, Community and Economic Development, Environment Planning, Environmental Planning, Health Impact Assessment, Land Use, Public Health and Environmental Justice, Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods, Research Methods, Sustainability in Urban Communities, Sustainable Development

Curriculum Vitae

Laura Solitare is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University. Having earned her Ph.D. from Rutgers University in Urban Planning and Policy Development, she has been as asset to the department since 2003. Prior to coming to Texas Southern she was a lecturer at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.

Dr. Solitare research generally focuses and specializations lie within the arena of: Sustainable Communities, Environmental Justice, Healthy Communities, Health Impact Assessment, Environmental Planning, Land Use, Community Development, Research Methods and Planning Theory. These specializations have allowed her to present and publish a magnitude of manuscripts. In 2011, in New Orleans, LA , she presented “The Role of Health Impact Assessments in Promoting Environmental Justice” for the 41st Annual Urban Affairs Association Meeting. She has also written articles for several Journals- the Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, The Environmentalist, Journal of Policy Modeling and the Urban Affairs Review.

For many years, Dr. Solitare has been a part of the Brownfield’s Redevelopment Project in New Brunswick, New Jersey developing a series of Assistance Modules with the latest titled: Financing and Insurance Programs for Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup” . At the university, she has served in several capacities; as the Chair of the Faculty Search Committee, Member of the Planning Accreditation Board Self-Study Committee, as a Member of the Graduate Admissions Committee and as a Member of the Library Acquisitions Committee.