Alan A. Altshuler

Alan Anthony Altshuler (born March 9, 1936 in Brooklyn) is an American educator and government official. Altshuler is the Ruth and Frank Stanton Professor in Urban Policy and Planning, Emeritus, at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the John F. Kennedy School of Government.[1]

Alan A. Altshuler
Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation
In office
GovernorFrancis W. Sargent
Preceded byPosition created
Succeeded byFrederick P. Salvucci
Personal details
Born (1936-03-09) March 9, 1936
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Spouse(s)Julie Maller (m. 1958)
Alma materCornell University
University of Chicago


Altshuler received a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Chicago.

Altshuler became the first director of the Boston Transportation Planning Review in 1970, and from 1971 through 1975, he served as the inaugural Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation. Since 1988, Altshuler has been director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government, and until 1998, director of the Ford Foundation Program on Innovations in American Government.[2]

Altshuler has taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cornell University, as well as serving as dean at both the New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.[3] At Harvard, Altshuler also served as founding director of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston from 2000 to 2004.


  • The City Planning Process: A Political Analysis, 1970, ISBN 978-0801490811
  • Community Control: The Black Demand for Participation in Large American Cities, 1970, ISBN 978-0672535178
  • The Urban Transportation System: Politics and Policy Innovation, 1979, ISBN 978-0262010559
  • The Future of the Automobile: The Report of MIT's International Automobile Program, 1985, ISBN 978-0262010818
  • Regulation for Revenue: The Political Economy of Land Use Exactions, with Jose A. Gomez-Ibanez and Arnold M. Howitt, 1993, ISBN 978-0309065535
  • Governance and Opportunity in Metropolitan America, 1999, ISBN 978-0309065535
  • Mega-Projects: The Changing Politics of Urban Public Investment, with David Luberoff, 2003, ISBN 978-0815701286


  1. "Alan Altshuler". Retrieved 2019-10-15.
  2. Caves, R. W. (2004). Encyclopedia of the City. Routledge. p. 19.
  3. "Acting Dean Appointed for Design School | News | The Harvard Crimson". Retrieved 2019-10-15.
Preceded by
Peter G. Rowe
Harvard University Graduate School of Design

July 1, 2004 – December 31, 2007
Succeeded by
Mohsen Mostafavi
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