Director of the Center for Urban Studies
University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning
Urban development, housing, gentrification, distressed neighborhoods, shrinking cities, race and class, U.S.-Cuba relations
Henry Louis Taylor Jr. can speak to the media about a wide range of topics related to urban development and social, economic and racial justice.
His research focuses on a historical and contemporary analysis of distressed urban neighborhoods, social isolation, and race and class issues among people of color, especially African Americans and Latinos.
He is the founding director of the Center for Urban Studies, which seeks solutions to problems facing metropolitan regions and central cities (including shrinking cities). The center conducts basic and action-based research on community and economic development, focusing on the needs and issues of traditionally marginalized groups, including blacks, Latinos, Asians, Native Americans, women and low-wage workers.
Taylor can also comment to the media about the evolving relationship between the United States and Cuba. He is author of “Inside El Barrio: A Bottom-Up View of Neighborhood Life in Castro’s Cuba,” a book that involved years of on-the-ground research in Havana neighborhoods during Castro’s reign.
Henry Louis Taylor Jr., PhD
Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning
Director of the Center for Urban Studies, University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning
Associate Director, University at Buffalo Community Health Equity Research Institute