Robert Fishman is a professor of architecture and urban planning at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. An internationally recognized expert in the areas of urban history and urban policy and planning, he has authored several books that are regarded as seminal texts on the history of cities and urbanism, including Bourgeois Utopias: The Rise and Fall of Suburbia (New York: Basic Books Inc., 1987) and Urban Utopias in the Twentieth Century: Ebenezer Howard, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Le Corbusier (New York: Basic Books Inc., 1977). His honors include the 2009 Laurence Gerckens Prize for lifetime achievement from the Society for City and Regional Planning History; the 201 Walker Ames Lectureship at the University of Washington; the Emil Lorch Professorship at Taubman College from 2006 to 2009; the Public Policy Scholars Program at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. in 1999; and the Cass Gilbert Professorship at the University of Minnesota in 1998. Fishman has held visiting professorships at the Paris Nanterre University; the University of Pennsylvania; and Columbia University. He currently is working on a history of sustainability.
He received his Ph.D. and Master of Arts in history from Harvard University and his Bachelor of Arts in history from Stanford University.