Christopher Herbert

Christopher Herbert

Managing Director, Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University

Christopher Herbert is managing director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. Having worked at the Joint Center in the 1990s, Herbert rejoined it in 2010 from Abt Associates to serve as director of research. He is also a lecturer in the department of urban planning and design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. The financial and demographic dimensions of homeownership is a key focus of Herbert’s research, along with the implications of the recession, housing bust and foreclosure crisis for homeownership policy. Herbert is co-editor of the book “Homeownership Built to Last: Balancing Access, Affordability and Risk After the Housing Crisis.” He serves on the boards of the Homeownership Preservation Foundation, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Community Development Research Advisory Council and the Center for Responsible Lending Research Advisory Council. Herbert holds a B.A. in history from Dartmouth College and a master’s and Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard.

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