Portrait of Edward Goetz
Currently reviewing Ph.D. applicants
Urban and Regional Planning Area
Areas of Expertise
Race and ethnicity; urban and regional planning; housing policy and planning; income inequality and poverty


    Edward G. Goetz specializes in housing and local community development planning and policy. His research focuses on issues of race and poverty and how they affect housing planning and implementation. His most recent book, The One-Way Street of Integration: Fair Housing and the Pursuit of Racial Justice in American Cities (2018, Cornell University Press) examines the tension between the pursuit of integration and community development efforts that focus on building power and communities where people are.

    Goetz is a professor of urban and regional planning at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the director of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs at the University of Minnesota. He has served on a variety of local and national advisory committees related to affordable housing and community development. 

    He is a past-winner of the University of Minnesota's "Distinguished Teaching Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate and Professional Education."

    Goetz is also the author of
    New Deal Ruins: Race, Economic Justice and Public Housing Policy(2013, Cornell University Press); and, Clearing the Way:Deconcentrating the Poor in Urban America(2003, Urban Institute Press).


    PhD in Political Science (Northwestern University, 1987)

    MA in Political Science (Northwestern University, 1981)

    BA in Political Science (University of California, Riverside, 1979)

    Lewis, B., Calhoun, M., Goetz, E. G. & Damiano, A. (2020). Geographic Specificity Matters: Centering the Perspectives of Community Based Stakeholders for a Holistic Understanding of Gentrification in the Twin Cities, City and Community,

    Goetz, E. G., Williams, R. A. & Damiano, A. (2020). “Whiteness and Urban Planning.”, Journal of the American Planning Association, 86(2), 142-156

    Goetz, E. G. (2019). Review of Housing in America: An introduction. International Journal of Housing Policy, 19(4), 604-606

    Tighe, R. J. & Goetz, E. G. (2019). Comment on “Does the likely demographics of affordable housing justify NIMBYism?”, Housing Policy Debate, 29(2), 369-373

    Goetz, E. G. (2019). Comment on “Fairest of Them All,”, Housing Policy Debate, 29(1), 106-107

    Goetz, E. G., Damiano, A. & Williams, R. A. (2019). Racially Concentrated Areas of Affluence: A Preliminary Investigation, Cityscape, 21(1), 75-100

    Goetz, E. G. (2019). The right target for fair housing advocacy. In The dream revisited: Contemporary debates about housing, segregation, and opportunity 227-229). Columbia University Press: New York, NY United States

    Goetz, E. G. (2019). “Democracy, Exclusion, and White Supremacy: How Should We Think About Exclusionary Zoning?”, Urban Affairs Review,

    Goetz, E. G. (in press). “The fair housing challenge to community development.” In Furthering Fair Housing: Promises, Protests, and Prospects for Racial Justice in America’s Neighborhoods. Temple University Press: Philadelphia United States

    Goetz, E. G. (in press). The fair housing challenge to community development. In Furthering fair housing: Promises, protests, and prospects for racial justice in America's neighborhoods.. Temple University Press: Philadelphia, PA United States

    Goetz, E. G., Damiano, T. & Hicks, J. (in press). Racially Concentrated Areas of Affluence: A Preliminary Investigation.