Rachel Garshick Kleit, PhD

Professor and Section Head, City and Regional Planning Section

Rachel Kleit is the head of the city and regional planning section at the Knowlton School. Previously, she was a associate professor in the Evans School of Public Affairs and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington. She received a Bachelor of Arts, with Highest Honors, cum laude, from Brandeis University, a Master of Arts in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University, and a PhD in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Kleit’s research interests include housing mobility and location choice, affordable housing policy, housing as a poverty alleviation strategy, equity impacts of economic development, urban and regional disparity.  She teaches courses on affordable housing policy, metropolitan policy, social equity, and advanced planning theory.

Kleit is the recipient of the 1998 Young Scholar Award from the Urban Affairs Association and Sage Publications, and the 1999 Best Student Paper Award in Housing and Community Development from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning and the Fannie Mae Foundation. She is also a recipient of a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Urban Scholar Postdoctoral Fellowship to support research on the New Holly HOPE VI site in Seattle. 



  • Ph.D., City and Regional Planning. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 1999
  • M.A., Urban and Environmental Policy, Tufts University, 1993
  • B.A., History, with Highest Honors, cum laude, Brandeis University, 1987

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