About Rutherford Platt

Rutherford H. Platt is an urban writer and lecturer residing in Northampton, Massachusetts. He is Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, a Faculty Associate with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and a Scholar with the Penn Institute of Urban Research. He holds a B.A. in political science from Yale, and both a J.D. (law) and Ph.D. (geography) from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Platt's latest book is Reclaiming American Cities: The Struggle for People, Place, and Nature Since 1900 (University of Massachusetts Press, 2014). A third edition of his Island Press text, Land Use and Society: Geography, Law, and Public Policy, will also appear in 2014. Earlier books include Disasters and Democracy: The Politics of Extreme Natural Events (island Press, 1999) and two edited volumes for the University of Massachusetts Press: The Ecological City: Restoring and Preserving Urban Biodiversity (1994) and The Humane Metropolis: People and Nature in the 21st Century City (2006 in affiliation with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy). He has served on various national committees and has been honored as a Lifetime National Associate of The National Academies in Washington, DC.