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Rodney Green, PhD (He/Him)


  • Economics
  • College of Arts & Sciences


Rodney D. Green has served as Professor of Urban Economics at Howard University since 1977 and, since 1995, as Founder and Executive Director of the Howard University Center for Urban Progress, a unit designed to strengthen the University’s urban research, program evaluation, community service, and community development agenda at local, federal, and international levels. He also recently served as Chair of the Howard University Department of Economics for seven years, and co-Principal Investigator of the Ford Foundation-supported Howard University Center on Race and Wealth. He currently serves as the Associate Director of the Howard University Center of Excellence in Urban and Housing Research and Policy sponsored by U.S. HUD. He has authored or co-authored three scholarly books (including a study of racial and economic segregation in public housing) and over 50 journal articles (including his recent seminal article on police accountability and civilian oversight in Prince George’s County, Maryland). He has served as Principal Investigator in over 70 externally funded projects with a value of over $40 million with an emphasis on community and economic development, racial inequalities, and youth development. Dr. Green has been the lead evaluator of HOPE VI CSSP programs for the District of Columbia, as well as for HOPE VI CSSP programs in Virginia and Florida, and currently leads the research partnership with CASA in Action for the Byrne grant in Langley Park, MD. He is currently engaged in a study of the efficacy of civilian review boards in enhancing police accountability across 25 jurisdictions in his role as a W.E.B. Du Bois Scholar of the National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice. He has actively participated in labor, social justice, and anti-racist movements since 1968, including the modern-day campaign for police reform and against mass incarceration/criminalization.  Dr. Green received his undergraduate degree in politics and economics at Yale University (1970) and his M.A. (1976) and Ph.D. (1980) degrees in economics at the American University.