James Hughes

James W. Hughes, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor and Dean, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
B.S. (Engineering), Rutgers College; M.C.R.P. and Ph.D., Rutgers University


Contact Information

Civic Square Building, room 391

Phone (848) 932-2828

Fax (732) 932-1771

E-mail jwhughes@rutgers.edu


Research Interests

  • Demographics and Housing
  • Regional and New Jersey Economics
  • Development Patterns and Transportation


Selected Publications and Activities

  • "U.S. Employment Travels Long, Bumpy Road to Recovery" Phi Kappa Phi Forum, Summer 2010, Vol. 90 No. 2 (jointly)
  • "A New Decade Unfolds," NEW JERSEY MUNICIPALITIES, Volume 87, No. 1, January 2010 (jointly)
  • "The Economy," Maxine N. Lurie & Peter O. Wacker, eds, Mapping New Jersey: An Evolving Landscape (New Brunswick: Rivergate Books, 2009) (jointly)
  • "Tri-State Affluence: Losing by Winning" STATE TAX NOTES, Current & Quotable, Volume 34, Number 9, 2004
  • "Housing Bubble or Rational Price Appreciation" APPRAISAL JOURNAL, Volume LXXII, Number 3, Summer 2004
  • "The New York Region's Post-September 11 Economic Geography," Transportation Quarterly, Fall 2002
  • America's Demographic Tapestry: Baseline for the New Millennium (Rutgers University Press, 1999)



Dr. James W. Hughes is Distinguished Professor and Dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, appointed to that position in 1995, and has been a member of the faculty since 1971. In addition, since 1988 he has also been the Director of the Rutgers Regional Report which, during its 26-year tenure, has produced 39 major economic, demographic, and real estate studies.

He is a nationally-recognized academic expert on demographics, housing, and regional economics, and was a contributing editor to the magazine American Demographics for 14 years. He is author or co-author of 34 books and monographs and more than 150 articles. Among these are The Atlantic City Gamble (published by the Harvard University Press), America's Demographic Tapestry; Baseline for the New Millennium (published by the Rutgers University Press), and (forthcoming) New Jersey's Postsuburban Economy (Rutgers University Press PinPoint Series).

He has provided extensive budgetary and economic testimony before many New Jersey State Legislative committees, and has provided numerous policy briefings both in Washington and Trenton on demographics, housing and the economy.  He was a Distinguished Fellow of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), and has been awarded the Warren Hill Award of the New Jersey Bankers Association, the Rutgers’ Richard P. McCormick Award for Excellence in Alumni Leadership, the Rutgers Presidential Award for Distinguished Public Service, as well as the Distinguished Service Award of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association.  He has been both a Woodrow Wilson and Ford Foundation Fellow and has served as a consultant to numerous federal, state and local public bodies as well as to many private and corporate clients.

He was recently a member of Governor Christie’s Housing Opportunity Task Force.  In the past, he was on the NJ Governor’s Commission on Jobs, Growth and Economic Development, and the Governor’s Logistics Council.  He was on the Real Estate Task Force of the Governor's Economic Master Plan Commission and was a member and Trustee of the successor commission: Prosperity New Jersey.  He formerly was on the Board of the E’Town Corporation (N.Y. Stock Exchange) and the Board of the Cali Real Estate Investment Trust (NY Stock Exchange).  He was also a member of the Board of Advisors of the Mack-Cali Real Estate Investment Trust (N.Y. Stock Exchange). He has also served on numerous other boards and task forces, including the Board of Directors of the Cooperative Housing Foundation (Washington, D.C.), the Economic Advisors Board of the Council of the City of New York, the (New Jersey) Governor’s Property Tax Commission, and the (New Jersey) Governor’s World Class Economy Task Force.

He is a military veteran who served as an artillery officer in the U.S. Army.  He received the State of New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal for meritorious service in Korea in the Asiatic Pacific Theater of Operations.

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