Dr. Sternberg’s current work is on the ethics of complex decision making to avert disasters, whether from terrorism or natural or technological hazards.
His earlier research has examined complex resources whose allocation requires public planning because they are not effectively allocated by pure markets. He pursued this topic through successive studies of resource types, including technological research endowments, cultural and heritage resources, urban physical form and infrastructure systems, and (the opposite of such resources) geophysical and technological hazards. Some of the results may be seen in the publications listed below. His most recent interest is the study of new radical ideologies affecting perceptions of public affairs.
B.A. (social sciences), Empire State College
M.S. (development sociology and Southeast Asian studies), Cornell University
Ph.D. (city and regional planning), Cornell University
Dr. Sternberg teaches graduate planning studios, which have taken on topics ranging from heritage development to wind-energy planning. His undergraduate course, Land Use and Development, is a general introduction to roles of planners in shaping the built environment. At various times, he has also taught economic development, planning theory, and the graduate final projects class.
Dr. Sternberg served as the founding president and is still member of the board of Protect New York, an academic group focused on research and education to safeguard metro New York, and other large urban areas, from disaster and terrorism. He served for five years as a member of the editorial board at State University of New York Press.