Roland V. Anglin

Roland Anglin, PhD


Roland V. Anglin is nationally recognized for his work in the area of economic and community development. He was appointed to the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies in July 2012. Named after the late Joseph C. Cornwall, the founding chair of The Fund for New Jersey and a widely respected civic leader, the Cornwall Center conducts applied research that assists in the revitalization of urban and metropolitan communities in New Jersey.

Anglin came to the Cornwall Center from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, where he had been a Faculty Fellow since 2000. Anglin began his academic career at Rutgers University in New Brunswick in the late 1980s. His research examined issues related to economic development and growth management. During that time, he published some of the seminal work on citizen attitudes toward sprawl development.

After serving a nine-year stint at the Ford Foundation, where he ultimately served as deputy director for community and resource development, Anglin returned to academia to pursue an active research agenda and manage a number of initiatives for philanthropy, state government, and national community development organizations. He currently manages two major research evaluations for the state of New Jersey, both linked to the role of crime prevention and youth development as a precursor to economic development.

Anglin’s many publications include three books: Promoting Sustainable Local and Community Economic Development (CRC Press); Katrina's Imprint: Race and Vulnerability in America, with colleagues (Rutgers University Press), and Resilience and Opportunity: Lessons from the U.S. Gulf Coast after Katrina and Rita, with colleagues (Brookings Institution Press). His current research focuses on the changing dynamics of current local and community development practice.

Anglin serves as a director for City National Bank, headquartered in Newark, New Jersey, and is on the boards of the New Jersey Policy Perspective, the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, Sustainable New Jersey, and the New Jersey Advisory Committee of the Regional Plan Association. He received his bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College, his master’s degree from Northwestern University, and his doctoral degree from the University of Chicago.