Myrna Breitbart, professor emerita of geography and urban studies, has an A.B. and Ph.D. from Clark University. Her teaching and research interests focus on the gender, race, and class dimensions of built environments and planning over time; struggles over urban public space; and urban community development, with a current emphasis on the new cultural economy and its role in urban regeneration.
She has also explored the spatial dimensions of social change and examined the impact of "creative" economies on smaller post-industrial cities. During her tenure, she facilitated community-engaged learning at the College and worked with many community-based organizations in Holyoke, Massachusetts.