Howell S. Baum, Ph.D.
Office: 1229 | Phone: 301-405-6792 | Email
Ph.D. City and Regional Planning, 1974, University of California, Berkeley; MCP City Planning, 1971, University of California, Berkeley; M.A. American Civilization, 1968, University of Pennsylvania; B.A., Political Science, 1967, University of California, Berkeley.
- Planning theory and planning practice
- Liberalism: its influence on public policy, its failure in comprehending race
- American race relations and racial reconciliation
- History of Baltimore school desegregation
- School reform
- Community organizing and community planning
- Organizational behavior and bureaucracy
- Psychology of planning and decision making
- Evil: why people do it, how liberal rationalism fails to comprehend and deal with it
CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS
Professor Baum has completed a historical study of Baltimore school desegregation entitled Brown in Baltimore: School Desegregation and the Limits of Liberalism. The book analyzes how liberalism hinders knowing and talking about race and limits possibilities of racial integration. He has been studying the psychological dynamics of race relations. He is beginning research on planning and the problem of evil, looking at how conventional views of rationality fail to understand and deal with normal human destructive impulses.
- Brown in Baltimore: School Desegregation and the Limits of Liberalism, Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2010. Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse Talk
Order Brown in Baltimore
Listen to podcasts about the book:
The Lines Between Us with Sheilah Kast, WYPR
Midday with Dan Rodricks, WYPR
Enoch Pratt Free Library Talk
The Marc Steiner Show, WEAA
View video about the book:
UMBC Social Sciences Forum
- Community Action for School Reform, Albany: State University of New York Press, 2003.
- The Organization of Hope; Communities Planning Themselves, Albany: State University of New York Press, 1997.
- The Human Costs of a Management Failure: Organizational Downsizing at General Hospital, with Seth Allcorn, Michael Diamond, and Howard Stein, Westport, CT: Quorum Books, 1996.
- Organizational Membership: Personal Development in the Workplace, Albany: State University of New York Press, 1990.
- The Invisible Bureaucracy: The Unconscious in Organizati