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Dowell Myers

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Dowell Myers

Professor of Urban Planning and Demography
School of Policy, Planning and Development at the University of Southern California
urban planning, policy, built environment, obesity,


Dowell Myers, Ph.D, is professor of urban planning and demography in the School of Policy, Planning, and Development, at USC and author of Immigrants and Boomers: Forging a New Social Contract for the Future of America (Russell Sage Foundation, 2007.) He is chair of the school's Faculty Council and directs the school's Population Dynamics Research Group. Professor Myers leads the ongoing USC California Demographic Futures research project, which has recently focused on the upward mobility of immigrants to the U.S. and Southern California, trajectories into homeownership, changing transportation behavior, education and labor force trends, and projections for the future of the California population. A specialist in demographic trends and their relation to all areas of policy and planning, Professor Myers has been a longstanding advisor to the Census Bureau and is the author of the most widely referenced text on census analysis. In fall 2006, Professor Myers received the Haynes Award for Research Impact. He received his undergraduate degree in anthropology from Columbia University, a master of planning degree from the University of California-Berkeley, and a Ph.D in urban planning from MIT. He also studied demography and sociology at Harvard University.

301 Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall
University of Southern California
Los Angeles  California  90089
United States
Office Phone: 
(213) 740-7095
Office Fax: 
(213) 821-1466


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