photo: Harold Wolman

Harlold L. Wolman

Professor of Political Science, Public Policy and Public Administration, and International Affairs
Room 615
Address: School of Media and Public Affairs
805 21st Street, N.W.
Phone: 202-994-5713
Fax: 202-994-8913

Areas of Expertise

Urban politics, urban policy, politics of the policy process, economic development, and comparative public policy

Dr. Wolman's fields of interest include urban and metropolitan policy and politics, local and regional economic development, housing and community development, and comparative urban policy and politics. Much of his work is interdisciplinary, drawing upon the fields of political science, policy analysis, and economics.

He teaches courses in the Politics of the Policy Process; Urban Problems and Policy Analysis; and Urban Politics.

Prior to coming to George Washington, Dr. Wolman was Director of the Policy Sciences Graduate program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County from 1997-2000. Prior to that he was Professor of Political Science and Urban Affairs at Wayne State University. He also was a Senior Research Associate in the Urban Institute's Public Finance Program from 1978-1984.In addition to his work in academic and research institutes, Dr. Wolman has experience in the world of public affairs and policy-making, both as staff Director of the House Subcommittee on the Cities and as a legislative assistant to Sen. Adlai E. Stevenson. He also was Director of Research for the White House conference on Balanced Growth and Economic Development. He has recently served as the staff consultant to the National Research Council's Committee on the Future of American Cities. Prof. Wolman has also consulted for organizations such as the National League of Cities, the U.S. Economic Development Administration, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the OECD.

Dr. Wolman's authored and edited books include Urban and Regional Policy and Its Effects, with M. Turner and H. Wial, (Brookings Institution Press 2008); Governance and Opportunity in Metropolitan Areas (National Academy Press, 1999); Theories of Urban Politics (Sage Publications, 1995); Urban Politics and Policy: A Comparative Approach (Basil Blackwell, 1992); and Comparing Housing Systems: Housing Performance and Housing Policy in the U.S. and Britain (Oxford University Press, 1992).


Ph.D., University of Michigan


Ph.D., University of Michigan

Classes Taught

PSc 8211 Urban Politics

PSc 8212 Urban Policy Problems

PSc 8229 Politics and Public Policy