Boston Area Research Initiative

David Luberoff

Senior Project Advisor, Boston Area Research Initiative
Lecturer on Sociology, Harvard University School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Boston Portal Co-Director, Harvard-Mellon Urban Initiative

David Luberoff's research and activities focus on bringing together scholars, students, practitioners, and civic leaders to better understand and address a variety of key urban issues.  He is a Lecturer on Sociology at Harvard where he developed and regularly co-teaches “Reinventing (and Reimagining) Boston: The Changing American City,” an undergraduate General Education class that uses Boston to help students think analytically and strategically about a variety of urban issues. He also is Co-Director of the Boston Portal of the Harvard-Mellon Urban Initiative, a four-year investigation of urban studies funded by the Mellon Foundation directed toward establishing a vigorous, interdisciplinary, and coordinated study of urban environments in the humanities.  

He also is a consultant and freelance writer specializing in such issues as transportation, infrastructure, land use, and urban governance. In 2016 he was
a lecturer at Northeastern University's School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs where he co-taught a course on transportation policy and also coordinated and moderated the Spring 2016 Myra Kraft Open Classroom series, which focused on "Shaping Boston's Future: Aspirations, Opportunities, and Challenges." From 2004 until 2012, he was Executive Director of Harvard’s Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. He has also been Associate Director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, an adjunct lecturer at both the Kennedy School and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and editor of The Tab, the largest group of weekly newspapers in greater Boston. The author of many articles and case studies on the politics of infrastructure and land-use policies, he is the co-author (with Alan Altshuler) of Mega-Projects: The Changing Politics of Urban Public Investment, which was named 2003’s best book on urban politics by the American Political Science Association’s urban section.  He also was a columnist on infrastructure issues for Governing Magazine.  He received an MPA from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

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