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Peter Salins

Peter D. Salins

University Professor

PhD, Syracuse University

S-743, Social and Behavioral Sciences Building
Department of Political Science
4392 SUNY
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4392

P: (631) 632-7672
F: (631) 632-4116

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  • Biography


    Peter Salins is a former Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of the State University of New York, a fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, a Director of the Citizens Housing and Planning Council of New York, and a trustee of the Lavanberg Foundation. His most recent book is Assimilation, American Style (Basic Books, 1996). He also authored Scarcity by Design: The Legacy of New York City's Housing Policies (Harvard University Press, 1992) with Gerard Mildner and The Ecology of Housing Destruction: Economic Effects of Public Intervention in the Housing Market (New York University Press, 1980). He edited New York Unbound: The City and Politics of the Future (Basil Blackwell, 1988) and Housing America's Poor (University of North Carolina Press, 1987).

    Peter Salins has published articles in a wide variety of newspapers, periodicals and scholarly journals, including the Journal of the American Institute of Planners, New York Times, The Public Interest, The New Republic, and City Journal. Among his other professional activities, Salins has served on Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's Advisory Commission on the Health and Hospitals Corporation and prepared the Mayor's transition committee report on the City Planning Commission. He provided testimony to the President's Commission on Housing in 1981 and was a member of the advisory panel to the White House Domestic Policy Staff on Urban Policy in 1977. Salins has made television appearances on a number of shows including "The Charlie Rose Show," "Currents," "Cityscope," "Midday Live," and "Eye-on-New York."

  • Research


    Peter Salins research interests focus on public policy and urban planning. He is currently working on a book project that will focus on how public policy is broken in relation to the American Political System. Additionally, he is conducting research on how polarization between the American political parties, primarily Republican and Democratic, is portrayed and how it is widely exaggerated.

  • Publications

    Publications - Books

    Salins, P. (2014). The Smart Society: Strengthening America's Greatest Resource, Its People. Encounter Books

    Salins, P.,  Mildner, G. (2013). Scarcity by design.

  • Teaching


    Graduate: Next Offered: Fall 2021
    POL 534: Intergovernmental Relations and Policy POL 524 : Housing Policy
    POL 535: Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation POL 535 : Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation
    POL 540: Data Applications in Public Policy  
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