A journalist and writer for a quarter century, Alex Marshall is the author of The Surprising Design of Market Economies (University of Texas 2012), as well as How Cities Work: Suburbs, Sprawl and The Roads Not Taken (University of Texas 2000), and Beneath the Metropolis: The Secret Lives of Cities (Carroll & Graf 2006). He is a Senior Fellow at the Regional Plan Association in New York. He writes columns for Governing magazine and Bloomberg View. He has taught courses about infrastructure at the New Jersey School of Architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark.

A graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Marshall’s work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Metropolis Magazine, Planning Magazine, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Slate, Salon, Architecture, Revue Urbanisme and many other publications. From 1988 to 1997, he was a staff writer at The Virginian Pilot in Norfolk, his native city. In 1999-2000 he was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. He speaks around the country and abroad. He is a member of Citistates Associates (citistates.com), a group of speakers about urban planning, economics, design and architecture.

[last updated: June 2013]

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