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Dennis Gale

Dennis Gale

Portrait of Dennis Gale
Urban Studies


Dr. Gale has served as a Lecturer at Stanford since 2010 and has taught courses in the urban studies and public policy programs on housing policy and urban politics. Formerly, he was a Professor of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers, where he was Founding Director of the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies. He was, by courtesy, a member of the Department of Political Science and on the faculty of the Joint Ph.D. Program in Urban Systems. A Fulbright Scholar in 2013, Gale has held teaching posts at the University of Nottingham, England and on the graduate school faculty of George Washington University, where he directed the Center for Washington Area Studies. Prior to his academic career he was an urban planning consultant in Washington, D.C. and later, a research director at The Urban Institute, a Congressionally chartered nonprofit, nonpartisan policy research center. During his years in Washington, Gale was appointed a participant in the White House Conference on Balanced National Growth and Economic Development and testified before the Home Ownership Task Force of the U.S. House of Representatives


Gale’s teaching and research have centered on urban decline and revitalization, gentrification, growth management, metropolitan disparities and urban public policies. Among his sole-authored books are: Neighborhood Revitalization and the Postindustrial City: A Multinational Perspective; Washington, D.C.: Inner City Revitalization and Minority Suburbanization; Understanding Urban Unrest: From Reverend King to Rodney King, and Greater New Jersey: Living in the Shadow of Gotham. 


Over his career Gale has been extensively interviewed in newspapers and television on city politics and urban planning issues. He has contributed guest editorials to the Washington Post, New York Times and several other newspapers. He has lectured abroad at the Universities of Reading and Birmingham and the American Consulate in Berlin. Domestically he has lectured before the U.S. Bureau of the Census, National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Smithsonian Institution and at MIT, the Kennedy School at Harvard and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton. Among his research grants are those from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Agency for International Development and the German Marshal Fund. He holds graduate degrees from Boston, Harvard and George Washington Universities and the University of Pennsylvania.