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Rachel Garshick Kleit, PhD

  • Professor and Section Head, City and Regional Planning Section
200F Knowlton Hall

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. 

Selected Publications

Kleit, R.G. & Foster, T.B. (2014) (published on line prior to publication). The Changing Relationship between Housing and Inequality, 1980-2010. Housing Policy Debate.


Kleit, R. G., & Carnegie, N. B. (2011). Integrated or isolated? The impact of public housing redevelopment on social network homophily. Social Networks, 33(2), 152-165.


Kleit, R. G., & Galvez, M. (2011). The location choices of public housing residents displaced by redevelopment: market constraints, personal preferences, or social information? Journal of Urban Affairs, 33(4), 375-407.


Kleit, R. G., & Page, S. B. (2008). Public Housing Authorities Under Devolution. Journal of the American Planning Association, 74(1), 34-44.


Manzo, L. C., Kleit, R. G., & Couch, D. (2008). "Moving three times is like having your house on fire once": The experience of place and impending displacement among public housing residents. Urban Studies, 45(9), 1855-1878.