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Dr. Robert Collins


Dr. Robert Collins

Professor of Urban Studies and Public Policy 

Conrad N. Hilton Endowed Professorship


Bachelor's Degree: Communications, University of New Orleans

Master's Degree: Communications, University of New Orleans

PhD: Urban Studies, University of New Orleans

Phone: (504) 816-4922


Office: Michael and Shaun Jones Hall 246



Previous positions Dr. Robert Collins has held at Dillard University include founding dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and associate vice president of academic affairs. Dr. Collins has served on the urban planning faculty at Harvard University. While at Harvard University, he taught the first course in the U.S. on rebuilding New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Prior to entering academia he had a career as a Congressional staffer, serving as an assistant to former U.S. Senator J. Bennett Johnston.


Dr. Collins research interests include urban politics, disasters, and water management. He appears on television regularly to comment on disaster policy and politics. He has appeared locally on WWL, WDSU and WVUE as well as internationally on BBC. He most recently served as the live on-air political analyst during coverage of the election night for mayor of New Orleans and City Council of New Orleans on WDSU-TV. He holds a B.A. and an M.A. in communications and Ph.D. in urban studies from the University of New Orleans.



Main Office: (504) 816-4701, Michael and Shaun Jones Hall 251



2601 Gentilly Boulevard
New Orleans, Louisiana 70122

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