Howell Baum

Professor Emeritus
(301) 405-8000
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Howell Baum is a Professor in the Urban Studies and Planning program. 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.


Among his research interests are:

  • 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


PhD City and Regional Planning - UC Berkeley 1974
MCP - UC Berkeley 1971
MA American Civilization - University of Pennsylvania 1968
BA Political Science - UC Berkeley 1967

Academic Experience

Professor - University of Maryland, College Park 1990 -
Associate Professor - University of Maryland, College Park 1989 - 1990
Associate Professor - University of Maryland, Baltimore 1981 - 1989
Affiliate Associate Professor - University of Maryland, College Park 1981 - 1989
Assistant Professor - University of Maryland, Baltimore 1974 - 1981
Lecturer - California State University, Hayward 1973 - 1974
Lecturer - Bezalel School, Israel 1969 - 1969

Professional Experience

Researcher - Ministry of State for Urban Affairs, Ottawa, Canada 1971 - 1971
Planner - San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission 1970 - 1971
Staff Writer - New Outlook Magazine, Israel 1970 - 1970