Brian Stromberg


Dissertation Topic/Title:Movement or Model? Community land trusts, community development, and the tensions therein


Dissertation Advisor: James DeFilippis


Previous Degrees: Rutgers University, M.A., Geography; University of California at Santa Cruz, B.A., Cultural Anthropology 


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Research Interests

My research interests developed from a studio class in Newark during my master’s degree studies. Witnessing the devastation that speculative housing finance could bring to neighborhoods and communities led me to investigate non-speculative forms of housing. I have since focused on community land trusts (CLTs), and my research will look at how they have changed since the model was developed in the 1960s. My dissertation explores how CLTs relate to the political economy of housing in the United States and the practice of community development, and also looks at how CLT advocates and practitioners understand the work that they do.


Teaching and TA Experience:

  • Introduction to GIS, Fall 2011
  • Introduction to GIS, Spring 2012
  • Introduction to Planning, Policy, and Public Health, Fall 2013
  • Introduction to Planning, Policy, and Public Health, Spring 2013