Thomas W. Sanchez, Ph.D.

Tom Sanchez earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara, a master of City and Regional Planning from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and a PhD in City Planning from Georgia Tech. Between his masters and doctoral studies he worked for a private real estate developer with residential projects in San Diego County and Orange County, CA. Upon completing his degree at Georgia Tech he taught at Iowa State University and has since been on the planning faculties of Portland State University and Virginia Tech before coming to the University of Utah. 

Dr. Sanchez conducts research in the areas of transportation, land use, environmental justice, and the social aspects of planning and policy. His research has been published in leading urban affairs and planning journals including the Journal of the American Planning Association, Housing Policy Debate, Urban Studies, Journal of Planning Education and Research, and the Journal of Urban Affairs. His article, The Connection between Public Transit and Employment, was selected for the best article of the year in 2000 by the Journal of the American Planning Association. In 2007, he co-authored two books, The Right to Transportation: Moving to Equity (with Marc Brenman) and The Social Impacts of Urban Containment (with Arthur C. Nelson and Casey Dawkins). 

Along with serving as Chair of the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning, Tom is a nonresident senior fellow of the Brookings Institution, review editor for the Journal of the American Planning Association, an editorial advisory board member for Housing Policy Debate, and chair of the Transportation Research Board Social and Economics Factors Committee.

Thomas W. Sanchez, Ph.D. Chair of City & Metropolitan Planning  Associate Professor, University of Utah

Thomas W. Sanchez, Ph.D.

Chair of City & Metropolitan Planning Associate Professor, University of Utah

Salt Lake, Utah, United States

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