Elliott D. Sclar

Areas of expertise
Urban Development • Transportation • Privatization

Elliott D. Sclar is Professor of urban planning and public affairs at Columbia University. He holds senior academic appointments in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and the School of International and Public Affairs. He has been on the Columbia University faculty since 1978 and is currently the director of graduate programs in urban planning. He has been on the Columbia faculty since 1978. His latest book “You Don’t Always Get What You Pay For: The Economics of Privatization,” has won two major academic prizes, the Louis Brownlow Award for the Best Book of 2000 from the National Academy of Public Administration and the 2001 Charles Levine Prize from the International Political Science Association for a major contribution to the public policy literature. He is presently the coordinator of a global task force established in conjunction with the UN’s Millennium Development Goals. The task force’s mission is to devise global strategies to improve the lives of at least 100 million people living in urban poverty by the year 2020.

Ph.D., Tufts University (1972)
M.A., Tufts University (1966)
B.A., Hofstra University (1963)