Essays on People, Place & Purpose

Investing in What Works for America's Communities

J. Phillip Thompson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Where and how citizens invest their money is arguably as important, and as relevant for democratic engagement, as voting in government elections.

J. Phillip Thompson is an associate professor of urban politics, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before entering academic life, Thompson worked as deputy general manager of the New York Housing Authority and as Director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing Coordination. Thompson is the author of Double Trouble: Black Mayors, Black Communities, and the Struggle for a Deep Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2005).

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