ABOUT THE DEAN
Robert D. Bullard is Dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at
Texas Southern University. Prior to coming to TSU he was founding Director of the Environmental
Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University. He has been described as the father of environmental justice. He received his Ph.D. degree from Iowa State University. In 2013, he was honored with the Sierra Club John Muir Award, the first African American to win the award. And 2014, the Sierra Club named its
new Dr. Robert D. Bullard Environmental Justice Award in his honor.
He is the author of eighteen books that address sustainable development, environmental
racism, urban land use, industrial facility siting, community reinvestment, housing,
transportation, climate justice, emergency response, smart growth, and regional equity.
Professor Bullard was featured in the July 2007 CNN People You Should Know, Bullard: Green Issue is Black and White. In 2008, Newsweek named him one of 13 Environmental Leaders of the Century. And that same year, Co-op America honored him with its Building Economic Alternatives
Award (BEA). In 2010, The Grio named him one of the “100 Black History Makers in the Making”and Planet Harmony named him one of "Ten African American Green Heroes.” And in 2012, he was profiled in Everyday Heroes: 50 Americans Changing the World One Nonprofit at a Time (Welcome Books 2012).
His book, Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class and Environmental Quality (Westview Press,2000),
is a standard text in the environmental justice field. His most recent books include
Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World (MIT Press, 2003), Highway
Robbery: Transportation Racism and New Routes to Equity (South End Press, 2004), The
Quest for Environmental Justice: Human Rights and the Politics of Pollution (Sierra
Club Books, 2005), Growing Smarter: Achieving Livable Communities, Environmental Justice,
and Regional Equity (MIT Press, 2007), and The Black Metropolis in the Twenty-First
Century: Race, Power,and the Politics of Place (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007). Dr. Bullard
is co-author of In the Wake of the Storm: Environment, Disaster and Race After Katrina (Russell Sage Foundation, 2006) and Toxic Wastes and Race at Twenty: 1987-2007 (United Church of Christ Witness & Justice Ministries, 2007). His latest books include
Race, Place and Environmental Justice After Hurricane Katrina: Struggles to Reclaim,
Rebuild, and Revitalize New Orleans and the Gulf Coast (Westview Press, 2009), Environmental Health and Racial Equity in the United States: Strategies for Building
Just, Sustainable and Livable Communities (American Public Health Association Press, April, 2011), and The Wrong Complexion for Protection: How the Government Response to Disaster Endangers
African American Communities (New York University Press, 2012).