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Curriculam Vitae

Distinguished Professor
Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs
Texas Southern University
3100 Cleburne Avenue
Houston, Texas 77004
Office: (713) 313-6849 Fax: (713) 313-7153
E-mail: Bullardrd@tsu.edu
Websites: http://bjmlspa.tsu.edu/


Ph.D. ‑ Iowa State University (Sociology, 1976)
M.A. ‑ Atlanta University (Sociology, 1972)
B.S. ‑ Alabama A&M University (Government, 1968)


Black Urban Experience, Environmental Justice, Land Use, Transportation Equity, Suburban Sprawl, Housing, Black Health and Health Disparities, Food Security/Food Justice, Smart Growth, Disaster Response, and Climate Justice


Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy, Texas Southern University (2016-Present)
Dean, Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, Texas Southern University (2011-2016)
Ware Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center, Clark Atlanta University (1994‑2011)
Visiting Professor and Director of Research, Center for African American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles (1993‑1994)
Professor, University of California, Riverside (1990‑1994), Associate Professor, University of California, Riverside (1989‑1990)
Associate Professor/Visiting Scholar, University of California, Berkeley (1988‑1989)
Associate Professor ‑ University of Tennessee (1987‑1988)
Associate Professor ‑ Texas Southern University (1980‑1987)
Visiting Associate Professor ‑ Rice University (Spring, 1980)
Assistant Professor ‑ Texas Southern University (1976‑1980)
Director of Research ‑ Urban Research Center, Texas Southern University (1976‑1978)
Research Coordinator ‑ Polk County, Des Moines, Iowa (1975‑1976)
Administrative Assistant – Office of Minority Affairs, Iowa State University (1974‑1975)
Urban Planner ‑ City of Des Moines, Iowa (1971‑1974)


American Sociological Association
American Public Health Association
American Association for the Advancement of Science


United States Marine Corps (USMC), Honorable Discharge (1968‑1970)


Houston Endowment, 2 years (2016-2018) – $200,000.

National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)/Dillard University, 5 years (2016-2020) – $1.4 million.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation, 5 years (2017-2012), $3.3 million.


Bullard, R.D. “Ecological Inequities and the New South: Black Communities under Siege.” Journal of Ethnic Studies Vol. 17 (Winter, 1990): 101‑115.

Bullard, R.D. and B.H. Wright.” Toxic Waste and the African American Community.” The
Urban League Review Vol. 13 (Spring, 1990): 67‑75.

Bullard, R. D. and B.H. Wright, “Mobilizing the Black Community for Environmental Justice,” Journal of Intergroup Relations Vol. 17 (Spring, 1990): 33‑43.

B.H. Wright and R.D. Bullard, “Hazards in the Workplace and Black Health.” National Journal
Of Sociology Vol. 4 (Spring, 1990): 45‑62.

Bullard, R.D. “Housing Barriers: Trends in the Nation’s Fourth Largest City.” Journal of Black Studies Vol. 21 (September, 1990): 4-14.

Bullard, R.D. and Beverly H. Wright, “The Quest for Environmental Equity: Mobilizing the
African‑American Community for Social Change.” Society and Natural Resources Vol. 3 (1990): 301‑311.

Bullard, R.D. “Dumping in Black and White.” Pp. 4, 6‑7 in Dana Alston, ed., We Speak for Ourselves: Social Justice and Environment. Washington, DC: The Panos Institute, 1990.

Bullard, R.D. “Blacks and the New South: Civil Rights in the Eighties.” Pp. 43‑52 in Jeannine Swift, ed., Dream and Reality. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1991.


Bullard, R.D. “Housing Problems and Prospects for Blacks in Houston,” The Review of Black Political Economy Vol. 20 (Fall, 1991): 175‑194; reprinted in Wilhelmina A. Leigh and James B. Stewart, The Housing Status of Black Americans. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction, 1992.

Bullard, R.D. “Environmental Racism.” Environmental Protection Vol. 2 (June, 1991): 25‑26.

Bullard, R.D. “People of Color and the Struggle for Environmental Equity.” The Workbook Vol. 16 (Fall 1991): 98‑99.

Bullard, R.D. and Joe R. Feagin, “Racism and the City.” Pp. 55‑76 in Mark Gottdiener and C.V. Pickvance (eds.), Urban Life in Transition. Newbury Park, CA: Sage, 1991.

Bullard, R.D. “Urban Infrastructure: Social, Environmental, and Health Risk to African Americans.” Pp. 183‑196 in Billy Tidwell (ed.), The State of Black America 1992. Washington, DC: National Urban League, Inc., 1992.

Bullard, R.D. “Environmental Blackmail in Minority Communities.” Pp. 82‑95 in Bunyan Bryant and Paul Mohai, eds., Race and the Incidence of Environmental Hazards. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1992.

Bullard, R.D. “In Our Backyards: Minority Communities Get Most of the Dumps,” U.S. EPA Journal Vol. 18 (March/April, 1992): 11‑12.

Bullard, R.D. “Housing Problems and Prospects in Contemporary Houston.” Pp. 236‑252 in H. Beeth and C. Wintz (eds.), Black Dixie: Afro‑Texan History and Culture in Houston. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press, 1992.
Bullard, R.D. “Comments on the Draft EPA Environmental Equity Report,” New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy (Spring, 1993): 78‑86.

Bullard, R.D. “The Threat of Environmental Racism.” Natural Resources & Environment Vol. 7, No. 3 (Winter, 1993): 23‑26, 55‑56.

Bullard, R.D. “Waste and Racism: A Stacked Deck?” Forum for Applied Research and Public Policy Vol. 8, No. 1 (Spring, 1993): 29‑35.

Bullard, R.D. “Environmental Racism and Land Use. “Land Use Forum: A Journal of Law, Policy & Practice Vol. 2, No. 1 (Winter, 1993): 6‑11.

Bullard, R.D. “Race and Environmental Justice in the United States.” Yale Journal of International Law Vol. 18, No. 1 (Winter, 1993): 319‑335.

Bullard, R.D. “Environmental Racism in the U.S.” Pp. 25‑35 in Richard Hofrichter (ed.), Environmental Justice: Theory and Practice of Social Change. Philadelphia: New Society Publishers, 1993.

Bullard, R.D. and B.H. Wright, “Environmental Justice for All: Community Health Perspectives on Health and Research Needs,” Toxicology and Industrial Health, Vol. 9, No. 5 (1993):

Bullard, R.D. “Environmental Justice for All.” Pp. 556‑557 in G. Tyler Miller, Jr., Living Environment. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 1993.

Bullard, R.D. “Grassroots Flowering: The Environmental Justice Movement Comes of Age,” The Amicus Journal 16 (Spring, 1994): 32‑37.

Bullard, R.D. “Overcoming Racism in Environmental Decision Making,” Environment (May, 1994): 10‑20, 39‑44; “Decision Making,” in Laura Westra et al., eds., Faces of Environmental Racism: Confronting Issues of Global Justice. Savage, MD: Rowan & Littlefield, 1995.

Bullard, R.D. “Environmental Disputes Resolution in Communities of Color,” Pp. 287‑314 in Henry Gemery and James R. Fleming (eds.), Technology and the Environment: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Akron, OH: University of Akron Press, 1994.

Bullard, R.D. “Unequal Environmental Protection: Incorporating Environmental Justice in Decision Making,” Pp. 237‑266 in Adam M. Finkel and Dominic Golding, eds., Worst Things First? The Debate over Risk‑Based National Environmental Priorities. Washington, DC: Resources for the Future, 1994.

Bullard, R.D. “The Legacy of American Apartheid and Environmental Racism,” St. John’s University Journal of Law and Commentary 9 (Spring, 1994): 445-474.

Bullard, R.D. “Environmental Racism and ‘Invisible’ Communities,” West Virginia Law Review 96 (Summer, 1994): 1037-1050.

Bullard, R.D. “Environmental Justice for All: It’s the Right Thing to Do,” University of OregonJournal of Environmental Law and Litigation 9 (1994): 281-308.

Bullard, R.D. “Race, Justice, and the Environment,” WHOCARES (Spring, 1995): 34-41.

Bullard, R.D. “Residential Segregation and Environmental Justice Policy,” Pp. 76-85 in Bunyan Bryant, ed., Issues, Policies, and Solutions for Environmental Justice. Washington, DC: Island Press, 1995.

Bullard, R.D. “The Legacy of Environmental Racism,” in Beth Hess, Elizabeth Markson, and Peter Stein, Sociology, 5th edition, New York: MacMillian, 1996.

Bullard, R.D. “Dismantling Environmental Racism in the Policy Arena,” in Phil Nyden, A. Figert, and M. Shibley, Building Community: Social Science in Action. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press (1997).

Bullard, R.D., G.S. Johnson, and B.H. Wright, “Confronting Environmental Injustice,” Journal of Race, Gender, and Class, Special Issue on the Environment 5 (1997): 63-79.

Bullard, R.D. et al. Children’s Health and the Environment: A New Agenda for Prevention Research. Washington, DC: Children’s Environmental Health Network, 1997.

Bullard, R.D. and G.S. Johnson, “Environmental and Economic Justice: Implications for Public Policy,” Journal of Public Management & Social Policy 4 (1998): 137-148.

Bullard, R.D. “Dismantling Environmental Racism in the USA,” Local Environment 4 (1999): 5-19.

Bullard, R.D. “Building Just, Safe, and Healthy Communities,” Tulane Environmental Journal 12 (Spring 1999): 373-404.

Bullard, R.D. “Leveling the Playing Field through Environmental Justice,” Vermont Law Review 23 (Spring 1999): 454-478.

Bullard, R.D., G.S. Johnson, and A.O. Torres, “Atlanta: Megasprawl,” Forum for Applied Research and Public Policy (Fall 1999).

Bullard, R.D., G.S. Johnson, and A.O. Torres, “The Routes of Transportation Apartheid,” 15 Forum for Applied Research and Public Policy (Fall 2000).

Bullard, R.D., G.S. Johnson, and A.O. Torres, “Dismantling Transportation Apartheid through Environmental Justice, “Progress 10 (February/March, 2000).

Bullard, R.D. and G.S. Johnson, “Environmental Justice: Grassroots Activism and Its Impact on Public Policy Decision Making,” Journal of Social Issues 56 (2000): 555-578.

Bullard, R.D., G.S. Johnson, and A.O. Torres, “The Costs and Consequences of Suburban Sprawl: The Case of Metro Atlanta,” Georgia State University Law Review 17 (Summer 2001): 935-998.

Bullard, R.D., “It’s Not Just, Pollution” Our Planet Magazine, A Special Issues on Poverty, Health, and the Environment, United Nations Environment Program (September, 2001).

Bullard, R.D., R.C. Warren, and G.S. Johnson, “The Quest for Environmental Justice,” in Ronald L. Braithwaite and Sandra E. Taylor, eds., Health Issues in the Black Community, 2nd ed. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 2001.

Bullard, R.D. “Confronting Environmental Racism in the 21st Century ,” Global Dialogue: The Dialogue of Civilization 4 (Winter 2002): 34-48.

Bullard, R.D. “Confronting Environmental Racism in the 21st Century” in Alison H. Deming and Lauret E. Savoy, eds., The Colors of Nature: Culture, Identity, and the Natural World. Minneapolis, MN: Milkweed Editions, 2002.

Agyeman, Julian, Robert D. Bullard, and Bob Evans, “Exploring the Nexus: Bringing Together Sustainability, Environmental Justice and Equity,” Space and Polity 6 (2002): 77-90.

Bullard, Robert D., and Beverly Wright, “Environmental Justice for All,” in Scott Plous Understanding Prejudice and Discrimination. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2002.

Bullard, Robert D. “Confronting Global Environmental Racism in the Twenty-First Century,” UNRISD News No. 25 (Autumn/Winter 2002).

Bullard, Robert D. “Environmental Justice for All,” The Crisis Magazine 110 (January/February 2003).

Bullard, Robert D. “Addressing Urban Transportation Equity in the United States,” 31 Fordham Urban Law Journal 1183 (2004).

Robert D. Bullard, “Transportation Policies Leave Blacks on the Side of the Road,” Crisis Magazine 112 (January/February 2005): 24-25, 27.

Bullard, Robert D. “All Transit is Not Created Equal,” Race, Poverty, and the Environment, Vol. 12, No.1 (Winter 2005/2006): 9-12.

Bullard, Robert D. and Beverly Wright, “Cleaning Up Toxic ‘Time Bombs’ Left Behind by Katrina,” FOCUS Magazine Special Issue on Hurricane Katrina: Health Impacts in Louisiana, Joint Center for Political Studies, Vol. 34, No. 10 (January/February 2006).

Bullard, Robert D. “Assuring Environmental Justice for All.” Pp.187-212 in Tavis Smiley, Covenant with Black America. Chicago: Third World Press, 2006.

Bullard, Robert D. et al. In the Wake of the Storm: Environment, Disaster and Race After Katrina. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, May 2006.

Bullard, Robert D. “Wrong Complexion for Protection,” The Next American City Magazine, 13 (Winter, 2006/2007).

Bullard, Robert D., Paul Mohai, Robin Saha, and Beverly Wright, Toxic Wastes and Race at Twenty, 1997-2007. Cleveland, OH: United Church of Christ, March 2007.

Bullard, Robert D. “Transportation Apartheid: Left Behind by Transportation Apartheid Before and After Disasters Strike” Focus Magazine, Vol. 35, No. 2 (April 1, 2007).

Bullard, Robert D. “Deadly Waiting Game: Addressing Environmental Health Disparities in Communities of Color,” in Marcheta Gillman, Steve Fischbach, Lynn Wolf, Nkiru Azikiwe, and Peter Tegeler, After Katrina: Rebuilding a Healthy New Orleans. Washington, DC: Poverty & Race Research Action Council, Alliance for Healthy Homes, Center for Social Inclusion, and the Health Policy Institute of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, May 2007.

Blackwell, Angel Glover, Robert D. Bullard, Deeohn Ferris, and John A. Powell, Regionalism: Growing Together to Expand Opportunity to All. Cleveland, OH: The Presidents’ Council of Cleveland, June 2007.

Bullard, Robert D. “Dismantling Toxic Racism,” Special Environmental Justice Issues of the NAACP’s Crisis Magazine 114 (July 2007).

Bullard, Robert D., Glenn S. Johnson, and Angel O. Torres, “Dismantling Transportation Apartheid,” American Bar Association Human Rights Magazine (2007).

Bullard, Robert D. “Equity, Unnatural Disasters, and Race: Why Environmental Justice Matters,” Research in Social Problems and Public Policy (RSPPP) Special Issue on Equity and the Environment, 15 (Winter 2008): 51-85.

Bullard, Robert D. and Beverly Wright, “Disastrous Response to Natural and Man-Made Disasters: An Environmental Justice Analysis Twenty-Five Years After Warren County,” UCLA Journal of Law and Environmental Policy 26: 2008.

Bullard, Robert D., Paul Mohai, Robin Saha, and Beverly Wright, “Toxic Wastes and Race at Twenty: Why Race Still Matters After All of These Years,” Lewis & Clark Environmental Law Journal 38 (2): 2008.
Bullard, Robert D. “Growing Smarter to Achieve Livable Communities and Regional.” Race, Poverty & Environment Journal, Fifteenth Anniversary Special Issue on Race and Regionalism, (June 2008).

Bullard, Robert D. “Just Transportation in the Era of Suburban Sprawl,” Journal of Community Development, 39 (3): 2008.

Bullard, Robert D. “Differential Vulnerabilities: Environmental and Economic Inequality and Government Response to Unnatural Disasters.” Social Research, 75, 2008: 753-784.

Bullard, Robert D. Glenn S. Johnson, and Angel O. Torres, African Americans on the Frontline of Environmental Assault, in Ronald L. Braithwaite, Sandra E. Taylor, and Henrie M. Treadwell, eds., Health issues in the Black Community. New York: Jessey-Bass, 2009.

Bullard, Robert D., Glenn S. Johnson, and Angel O. Torres, The State of Black Atlanta: Exploding the Myth of Black Mecca. Atlanta: Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University Report Series, February, 2010.

Bullard, Robert D., G.S. Johnson Denae King and Sheri L. Smith, “People of Color on the Frontline of Environmental Assault,” Pp. 19-47 in Julia Hall, ed., Underprivileged School Children and the Assault on Dignity: Policy Challenges and Resistance. New York: Routledge, 2014.

Earthea Nance, Denae King, Beverly Wright & Robert D. Bullard, “Ambient Air Concentrations Exceeded Health-based Dtandards for Fine Particulate Matter and Benzene During the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill,” Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, 66:2, 224-236 (2016): DOI: 10.1080/10962247.2015.1114044.


Bullard, R.D. Invisible Houston: The Black Experience in Boom and Bust. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1987.

Bullard, R.D. In Search of the New South: The Black Urban Experience in the 1970s and 1980s. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1989, paper edition, 1991.

Shelton, B.A., N. Rodriguez, J.R. Feagin, R.D. Bullard, and R. Thomas, Houston: Growth and Decline in a Sunbelt Boomtown. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1989.

Bullard, R.D. (ed.), Confronting Environmental Racism: Voices from the Grassroots. Boston: South End Press, 1993.

Bullard, R.D., J. Eugene Grigsby, III, and Charles Lee, (eds.), Residential Apartheid: The American Legacy. UCLA Center for African American Studies, 1994.

Bullard, R.D. (ed.), Unequal Protection: Environmental Justice and Communities of Color. 2nd ed. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1996.

Bullard, R.D. and G.S. Johnson, eds., Just Transportation: Dismantling Race and Class Barriers to Mobility. Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers, 1997.

Bullard, R.D. People of Color Environmental Groups Directory 2000, 3rd ed. Flint, MI: Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, 2000.

Bullard, R.D. Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class and Environmental Quality. 3rd ed., Boulder: Westview Press, 2000.

Bullard, R.D., G.S. Johnson, and A.O. Torres, eds., Sprawl City: Race, Politics and Planning in Atlanta, Washington, DC: Island Press, 2000.

Agyeman, Julian, R.D. Bullard, and Bob Evans, Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World. Cambridge, MA: Earthscan/MIT Press, 2003.

R.D. Bullard, G.S. Johnson, and A.O. Torres, Highway Robbery: Transportation Racism and New Routes to Equity. Boston: South End Press, 2004.

R.D. Bullard, The Quest for Environmental Justice: Human Rights, and the Politics of Pollution. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 2005.

R.D. Bullard, Growing Smarter: Achieving Livable Communities, Environmental Justice, and Regional Equity. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2007.

R.D. Bullard, The Black Metropolis in the 21st Century: Race, Power, and the Politics of Place. New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2007.

Bullard, Robert D. Race, Place and Environmental Justice After Hurricane Katrina: Struggles to Reclaim, Rebuild, and Revitalize New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2009.

Bullard, Robert D., Glenn S. Johnson, and Angel O. Torres. Environmental Health and Racial Equity in the United States: Strategies for Building Environmentally Just, Sustainable, and Livable Communities. Washington, DC: American Public Health Association Press, April 2011.

Bullard, Robert D. and Beverly Wright. The Wrong Complexion for Protection: How the Government Response to Disaster Endangers African American Communities. New York: New York University Press, 2012.


Gustavus Myers Award for the Outstanding Book in 1989 on Human Rights in the United States for In Search of the New South (1990).

Conservation Achievement Award in Science, National Wildlife Federation, Washington, DC.

Environmental Achievement Award (1990), CEIP Fund, Inc., Boston, MA.

Environmental Justice Award (1993), Citizens Clearinghouse for Hazardous Waste, Falls Church, VA.

Gustavus Myers Award (1994) for the Outstanding Book in 1993 on Human Rights in the United States for Confronting Environmental Racism: Voices from the Grassroots.

V.O. Keys Award (1995), Southern Political Science Association for Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class and Environmental Quality.

Distinguished Service Award (1998), American Sociological Association, Environment and Technology Section, Washington, DC.

Excellence in Diversity and Environmental Stewardship Award (2000), Environmental Careers Organization, Boston, MA.

William Foote Whyte Distinguished Career Award (2007), Sociological Practice Section of the American Sociological Association, New York, NY.

CNN News, “People You Should Know,” (2007) Atlanta, GA

Co-op America, Building Economic Alternative Award (2008), Washington, DC

Newsweek, one of 13 “Environmental Leaders of the Century” (2008), New York, NY.

The Gio, “100 Black History Makers in the Making” (2010)

Planet Harmony, “Ten Green Heroes” (2010)

Welcomebooks,  Everyday Heroes: 50 Americans Changing the World One Nonprofit at a Time (2012)
Sierra Club, John Muir Award (2013)
Sierra Club, New Environmental Justice Award Named After Dr. Robert D. Bullard (2014)
Iowa State University Alumni Association, Alumni Merit Award (2015)
American Bar Association, Award for Excellence in Environmental, Energy, and Resources Stewardship (2015)
Children Environmental Health Network (CEHN), Child Health Advocate Award (2017)


Member of Editorial Board, Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, (2005-Present)

Member of Board, Environmental Defense Fund-Texas (2015-Present)

Member of Editorial Board, American Public Association Publications Board, Washington, DC (2015-Present).