Judith Grant Long is an associate professor of urban planning at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where her research examines the intersection of infrastructure and urbanism. Long is an internationally recognized expert on planning for sports and tourism infrastructure. Her forthcoming book, Public-Private Partnerships for Major League Sports Facilities (Routledge), examines the financial arrangements of more than 100 ballparks, stadiums, and arenas and shows how host cities pay far more to subsidize these facilities than is commonly understood.
At Radcliffe, Long will complete another book project, titled “Olympic Urbanism: From Rome to Rio,” which analyzes the claim that the Olympics Games are a catalyst for urban redevelopment on the basis of fieldwork in 15 host cities, including Rome (1960) and Rio de Janeiro (2016). The book compares host-city aspirations for consequent urban redevelopment, as revealed in bid packages and other planning documents, with the actual physical outcomes evident in the postgames use of sports venues, athletes’ villages, and ceremonial parks, along with the transportation, media, and security networks built to accommodate the games.
Long’s research has been funded by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the IBM Center for the Business of Government, and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, among others. She has testified on infrastructure finance before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and her research has been quoted in major periodicals worldwide. Long holds an MDesS from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and a PhD in urban planning from Harvard University.