Dr. Deden Rukmana is professor and the chairperson of the Department of Community and Regional Planning at Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, Alabama. He received a PhD degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University and completed master’s degrees from the University of Southern California as well as Bandung Institute of Technology. He had served as an elected member of the Governing Board of the ACSP (2013-2015) and a Director at Large of the Georgia Planning Association (2015-2018).
His research centers on health disparities and homelessness in the US, and spatial planning and development challenges in Indonesia. His homelessness research focuses on homelessness prevention programs and spatial analysis of intracity homelessness data. His work appears in journals such as Housing Policy Debate, Journal of Planning Education and Research, Children and Youth Services Review, and International Planning Studies. He is also the editor of The Routledge Handbook of Planning Megacities in the Global South (2020).
His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and US Department of Homeland Security. His works have been cited by many media including AFP, Public Radio International, Straits Times (Singapore), Jakarta Post and Kompas (Indonesia), Diplomat (Australia), El Pais (Mexico), and Nikkei Asian Review (Japan).