John Adams

Professor Emeritus
housing finance and markets; housing policy; land use; local, state and regional economic development policy; urban planning; urban sprawl

John S. Adams, professor, is a faculty member at the Humphrey School and in the University of Minnesota geography department. He researches issues relating to North American cities, urban housing markets and housing policy, and regional economic development in the United States and the former Soviet Union. He has been a National Science Foundation Research Fellow at the Institute of Urban and Regional Development, University of California at Berkeley, and economic geographer in residence at the Bank of America world headquarters in San Francisco.

Adams was senior Fulbright Lecturer at the Institute for Raumordnung at the Economic University in Vienna and was on the geography faculty of Moscow State University. He has taught at Pennsylvania State University, the University of Washington, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. His most recent book, Minneapolis-St. Paul: People, Place, and Public Life, looks at the region's growth and at what factors may affect the metropolitan area's future.

Adams holds a doctorate in urban geography from the University of Minnesota and two degrees in economics.

In The Media

Professor Emeritus John Adams is quoted in this article looking at the cautious approach being taken by the Twin Cities in the competition to be the home for a new Amazon facility.

Star Tribune
October 7, 2017

Professor Emeritus John Adams is quoted in this article, analyzing the implications of a court ruling that invalidated a roadway fee charged to developers by the city of Woodbury to cover the costs of installing streets in new housing developments. 

Star Tribune
September 18, 2017