Stephen O'Connor

Professor of Practice in Real Estate

Stephen H. O’Connor, Ph.D. is a Professor of Practice in Real Estate in the Freeman College of Management at Bucknell University.

An academic with extensive practical experience, Dr. O’Connor’s career began with the planning, design, and development of large-scale, master-planned communities. Success across multiple asset classes now guides his academic approach to the interdisciplinary study of real estate.

A request to assist a community-based organization began a commitment to volunteerism, providing development and financial consulting expertise to non-profits. This in turn led to a gubernatorial appointment as the first Executive Director of the New Jersey Housing Assistance Corporation (HASCO), where he leveraged $5 million in initial public capital into $100 million in affordable housing assets.

Following his tenure in state government, Dr. O’Connor was recruited to serve as the President of New Brunswick Tomorrow, one of the most accomplished community-based organizations in New Jersey.

When presented with an opportunity to affect change on a much larger scale, he joined The Community Development Trust as Senior Vice President-Equity. As the nation’s first and only real estate investment trust (REIT) dedicated to the preservation of affordable housing, he traveled the country to fulfill the mission of the organization, sourcing new investments from a national network of brokers and developers, as well as from local, state and federal agencies.

Prior to joining the Freeman College of Management, Dr. O’Connor served as the Director of the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Washington. By streamlining the curriculum, establishing three distinct concentrations and more than doubling the number of applications and students, he completely transformed the Masters of Science in Real Estate (MSRE) program.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. in Planning and Public Policy from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University
  • Masters from Graduate School of Design at Harvard University
  • B.S. from Rutgers University

Research Interests

  • The Production and Preservation of Affordable Housing
  • The Economics of Housing Markets
  • Community and Economic Development

Teaching Interests

  • Principles of Real Estate
  • Real Estate Finance and Investment
  • Real Estate Development
  • Affordable Housing

Location

216 Taylor Hall