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Robert D. Bullard

Robert D. Bullard, Ph.D., is the Edmund Asa Ware Distinguished Professor of Sociology and founding director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University.    Professor Bullard is considered by many to be the father of environmental justice. He has served as an expert witness and testified in dozens of civil rights and environmental justice lawsuits and hearings. Bullard was featured in the July 2007 CNN News “People You Should Know: Bullard, Green Issue is Black and White.” In 2008, Newsweek named him one of thirteen “Environmental Leaders of the Century.” And that same year, Co-op America honored him with its Building Economic Alternatives Award (BEA). He is the author of fifteen books that address a range of areas, including environmental justice, climate justice, community health, food security, urban land use, industrial facility permitting, neighborhood reinvestment, housing, transportation, suburban sprawl, and smart growth. His award winning book, Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class and Environmental Quality (Westview Press, 2000), is a standard text in the environmental justice field. A few of his other books include Sprawl City: Race, Politics, and Planning in Atlanta (Island Press, 2000), Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World (MIT Press, 2003), Highway Robbery: Transportation Racism and New Routes to Equity (South End Press, 2004), and The Quest for Environmental Justice: Human Rights and the Politics of Pollution (Sierra Club Books, 2005). His most recent books include Growing Smarter: Achieving Livable Communities, Environmental Justice, and Regional Equity (MIT Press, 2007), The Black Metropolis in the Twenty-First Century: Race and the Politics of Place (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007), Deadly Waiting Game: Government Response, Unnatural Disasters, and African Americans (New York University Press, forthcoming 2009), and Race, Place, and Environmental Justice After Hurricane Katrina: Struggles to Reclaim, Rebuild, and Revitalize New Orleans and the Gulf Coast (Westview Press, forthcoming 2009).

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