Robert E. Lang, Ph.D.
UNLV Director, Brookings Mountain West
Professor of Urban Affairs
Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Robert Lang is a nationally recognized authority on urban growth, economic development and population dynamics, including the interplay between politics and growth in the American West. Lang is often called on by national business leaders and media to provide an understanding of the economic recovery in the west (including Nevada), what elements led to the region’s economic decline, and what it will take to bring it back. His research has been featured in numerous media outlets, including USA Today, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, NPR, CNN, MSNBC and FOX News.
Lang’s research specialties include suburban studies, real estate, demographic and spatial analysis, economic development, and metropolitan policy. He has authored over 150 academic and professional publications and has developed many new urban planning concepts such as "Boomburbs," "Edgeless Cities," and "Megapolitan Areas." His new book, Megapolitan America (2011), details the rise of megapolitan areas and how they will change how American plans. He is also a contributor to the new book America's New Swing Region (2012), which examines the profound economic, political, and social changes that continue to reshape the Mountain West.
Lang is a professor in the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs and serves as the executive director of The Lincy Institute and director of Brookings Mountain West at UNLV. He is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Fellow of the Urban Land Institute, both in Washington, D.C. Lang earned a Ph.D. in urban sociology from Rutgers University.