Alexander von Hoffman

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Alexander von Hoffman is Senior Research Fellow at the Joint Center for Housing Studies, a collaborative unit affiliated with the Graduate School of Design and the Harvard Kennedy School. He is a specialist is history and policy of housing and urban affairs, particularly the history of low-income housing policy in the United States.

He came to the Center in 1997; he was previously associate professor of urban planning and design at Harvard's Graduate School of Design and a Fellow at the Taubman Center for State and Local Government at the Harvard Kennedy School. He received a Ph. D. from the Harvard Department of History in 1986; .


  • Local Attachments: The Making of an American Urban Neighborhood, 1850 to 1920 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994).
  • House by House, Block by Block: The Rebirth of America's Urban Neighborhoods (Oxford University Press, 2003),
  • Fuel Lines for the Urban Revival Engine: Neighborhoods, Community Development Corporations, and Financial Intermediaries (Fannie Mae Foundation, 2001)
  • "Issues in Nonprofit Community Development," Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University, 2002,
  • "Good News! The Community-Based Housing Movement Is Transforming Bad Neighborhoods from Boston to San Francisco," The Atlantic Monthly, (January 1997).

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