At A Glance

Dustin Read tackles some of the most complex questions faced by governments and business owners alike when it comes to real estate development — why do some neighborhoods thrive while others decline? How can communities make housing more affordable? How can real estate developers responsibly maximize their assets? How can public policy ignite private real estate investment? Read’s research on issues such as adequate public facilities ordinances, inclusionary housing policies, form-based zoning and the fiscal impact analysis has afforded him opportunities to consult with cities large and small across the Carolinas, while his work in the area of real estate asset management has encouraged both for-profit and non-profit companies to call on him for his expertise.


Dustin Read is consumed with an issue that impacts communities around the world, which is the struggle to provide safe, decent and affordable housing. His research examines how private investment and government policy each contribute or detract from the ability of residents to find a place to live. He also examines how public-private partnerships can contribute to cities’ economic growth. Read leads Clemson University’s Master of Real Estate Development program and works with government and business leaders on the front lines of successful urban growth.

Read is a NAIOP Research Foundation Distinguished Fellow, an inductee into the Institute of Real Estate Management’s Academy of Authors and a seven-time recipient of honors from the American Real Estate Society for his contributions to real estate theory and practice. His research can be found in many of the leading academic journals in his field including the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Journal of Real Estate Research and Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management. In addition to his academic work, Read frequently consults with both public and private sector organizations to promote socially responsible real estate development.

Prior to coming to Clemson, he held leadership positions in the real estate programs at Virginia Tech and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He began his career working in commercial real estate investment sales for a large firm and participated in the launch of a smaller firm as well. He prepares students with the unique combination of technical skills, interpersonal skills and critical thinking skills needed to resolve the field’s complex problems.

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Dustin Read, is speaking to a class of students.
Dustin Read is speaking to a class of students.


Few things have a greater impact on the quality-of-life individuals enjoy and the opportunities they have access to than the housing in which they live. This makes studying affordable housing and housing affordability extremely rewarding.

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    • Affordable housing
    • Land-use policy
    • Public-private partnerships
    • Real estate asset and property management
    • Urban development

    Degrees, Institutions

    • Ph.D. in Public Policy, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    • J.D., University of Missouri
    • M.A. in Real Estate, University of Florida
    • B.S. in Business Administration, Truman State University