Samuel Stein

Community Service Society of New York


Samuel Stein is a geographer and urban planner who studies and writes about the politics of planning in New York City, with an emphasis on housing, real estate, labor and gentrification. He is a housing policy analyst at the Community Service Society of New York, and has previously worked for such New York City housing and labor institutions as Tenants & Neighbors, the Center for New York City Neighborhoods, and the Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ. He has taught geography and urban studies at Hunter College, Parsons the New School for Design, Sarah Lawrence College, the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, and John Jay College. He is a member of the steering committee for the Planners Network, the organization of progressive planning.

Stein is the author of the book, Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State, published by Verso in 2019. He has also contributed chapters to several book projects, including Zoned Out: Race and City Planning in New York City, Immigrant Crossroads: Globalization, Incorporation and Placemaking in Queens, New York, and Transformative Planning: Radical Alternatives to Neoliberal Urbanism. His scholarly writing has been published in such journals as Urban Affairs Review, International Planning Studies, and Journal of Urban Affairs, and his essays have been published in The Guardian, Jacobin, The Baffler, and many other magazines and journals.