Alex Schafran

Over the past two decades, my writing has focused on housing, racial (re)segregation, and the broader politics of urbanization. Rooted in California, my work ranges from historical analysis of vexing problems to new ways of thinking about economics and housing policy. You can get in touch with me at schafran[at]

My books

Chronicling more than a half century of Northern California history, The Road to Resegregation is the first book to examine the region’s housing crisis comprehensively. Learn More

Housing. Water. Energy. Transport. Food. Education. Health care. The spatial contract is about ensuring these systems are built, maintained and available to all who need them, in big cities and small towns all around the world. Learn More

An Institute for Metropolitan Studies @ SJSU talk about the Spatial Contract, with Dr. Miriam Chion as discusant, hosted by Dr. Gordon Douglass.

A conversation about the Spatial Contract with scholars at the New School. Part of a “Other New Deals” series.

A Sausalito + Marin City libraries talk about racial segregation in my home county of Marin, one of the most segregated places in the country.

My Stanford Human Expo talk about the Road to Resegregation, with Dr. Carol McKibben as discussant.

A KQED Forum hour in 2018 dedicated to The Road to Resegregation.

Manchester University Press author talk on the Spatial Contract – with my co-authors Matthew Noah Smith and Stephen Hall

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