Robert E. Lang, Ph.D

Executive Director, Brookings Mountain West


Robert Lang is a nonresident senior fellow at Brookings and UNLV Director of Brookings Institute Mountain West. He is a professor of sociology at UNLV, director of the Lincy Institute, and a fellow of the Urban Land Institute. He received a Ph.D. in Urban Sociology from Rutgers University. His research has been featured in USA Today, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and reported on by CNN, MSNBC, and NPR. He is author of Boomburbs: The Rise of America’s Accidental Cities, and co-author on three edited volumes entitled Redefining Urban and Suburban America.


Recently, Brookings Mountain West published Unify | Regionalize | Diversify: An Economic Development Agenda for Nevada, a comprehensive analysis and roadmap for development opportunities, the state’s competitive position and challenges it uniquely faces. Lang will draw from the study to expand upon Nevada’s potential for growing its local economy through a variety of platforms, including industries with potential for expansion, new policy options that will enable the state and the private sector to work more effectively to build a more regionally vibrant and diversified Nevada.

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