Peter Dreier

Peter Dreier, an NHI board member, is E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics and chair of the Urban & Environmental Policy program at Occidental College. His most recent books are Place Matters: Metropolitics for the 21st Century (with John Mollenkopf and Todd Swanstrom) and The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame.


  • The Revitalization Trap

    Place-based initiatives won’t address the kinds of injustice and poverty that community development was formed to fight.

    With responses by Brentin Mock and Miriam Axel-Lute.

  • The Supreme Denial of Integration

    Despite the high court’s recent blow to achieving classroom diversity, fair-housing practices can go a long way toward moving the country beyond racism.

  • Housing the Working Poor

    What big ideas should housing activists put forward to the next president and Congress?

    Assuming that a Democrat wins the White House and that the Democrats hold onto or even expand their majority in Congress, housing advocates have an opening to promote a progressive agenda. Are we ready?

  • Jane Jacobsí Radical Legacy

    Sometimes a book can change history. Books often influence ideas, but only rarely do they catalyze activism.

  • Katrina: A Political Disaster