Roland Anglin

Roland Anglin, Ph.D.
Faculty Fellow
Director and Associate Research Professor, The Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies

B.A., Brooklyn College (CUNY); M.A., Northwestern; Ph.D., University of Chicago


Contact Information

The Joseph C. Cornwall Center
for Metropolitan Studies Rutgers University
47 Bleeker St.
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: 973-353-1750 x1752
Fax: 973-353-1753



Research Interests

  • Philanthropy and Public Policy
  • Local and Community Economic Development
  • Public Management and Policy



  • Philanthropy and Public Policy
  • Poverty in America
  • Innovations in Local and Community Economic Development


Select Publications

  • Managing Disaster Recovery: International Policy and Practice (with colleagues), Crisis Response Press
  • Resilience and Opportunity: Lessons from the U.S. Gulf Coast after Katrina and Rita (with colleagues), Brookings Institution Press
  • Promoting Sustainable Local and Community Economic Development, CRC Press
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  • Katrina’s Imprint: Race and Vulnerability in America, (with colleagues), Rutgers University Press
  • Building the Organizations that Build Communities: Strengthening the Capacity of Faith and Community-Based Development Organizations, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development



Roland V. Anglin’s career spans over twenty years of working in the public, educational, and philanthropic sectors. In all his professional positions, Anglin has focused on promoting economic and community development in and for marginalized communities. Currently, he is Faculty Fellow at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University, and directs the Initiative for Regional and Community Transformation (IRCT), which is housed at the school. The IRCT is a national initiative whose mission is to support the transformation of marginalized communities and people in urban and rural places through applied research and program management.

Dr. Anglin began his academic career at Rutgers University. There he examined issues related to economic development and growth management. During this time, he published some of the seminal work on citizen attitudes toward sprawl development. In 1991 he was recruited to the Ford Foundation, where he spent eight years. He served first as the program officer responsible for community development. Subsequently, he was asked to become Deputy Director for Community and Resource Development, which is part of the Asset Building and Community Development Division.

After leaving Ford, Dr. Anglin went to the Structured Employment Economic Development Corporation (Seedco), a national community development intermediary. At Seedco, Dr. Anglin was the Senior Vice President responsible for building the capacity of community-based housing organizations in 23 cities partnering with Seedco.

Since returning to academia, Dr. Anglin has pursued an active research agenda and has managed many demonstration initiatives for philanthropy, state governments and national associations including the National League of Cities.