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Anglin is the director of the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies

Nationally renowned for his research in the area of economic and community development in and for marginalized communities, in July 2012, Dr. Roland V. Anglin became the new director of the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies at the School of Public Affairs and Administration. Named after the late Joseph C. Cornwall, the founding chair of The Fund for New Jersey and a widely respected civic leader, the Cornwall Center brings together faculty, staff and students from Rutgers-Newark and allied institutions of higher education to promote research impacting urban and metropolitan life and to encourage interchange among scholars, government leaders, businesses, community-based organizations, and private citizens.

Anglin came to the Cornwall Center from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers-New Brunswick where he was Faculty Fellow since 2000. For seven years he served as the executive director of Bloustein’s Initiative for Regional and Community Transformation. Anglin began his academic career at Rutgers University in New Brunswick in the late 1980s. His initial research examined issues related to economic development and growth management. During that time, he published some of the seminal work on citizen attitudes toward sprawl development.

After serving a nine-year stint at the Ford Foundation, where he ultimately served as deputy director for community and resource development, Anglin returned to academia to pursue an active research agenda and manage a number of initiatives for philanthropy, state governments and national community development organizations. He currently manages two major research evaluations for the state of New Jersey, both linked to the role of crime prevention and youth development as a precursor to economic development.

In 2015 Anglin was awarded a $100,000 Chancellor's seed grant for the Rutgers University-Newark Research Commercialization and Enterprise Incubation Initiative.

Anglin’s many publications include three books, Promoting Sustainable Local and Community Economic Development (CRC Press); Katrina's Imprint: Race and Vulnerability in America (with colleagues) (Rutgers University Press), and Resilience and Opportunity: Lessons from the U.S. Gulf Coast after Katrina and Rita (with colleagues) (Brookings Institution Press). His current research focuses on the changing dynamics of current local and community development practice.

Anglin has served on the board of directors of many national and local organizations including the Association for Public Policy and Management, WBGO, a Newark-based jazz radio station, and the Hyacinth Aids Foundation. He received his bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College, his master’s degree from Northwestern University, and his doctoral degree from the University of Chicago.