Dustin Jones

Dustin Jones is the director of the Cornell Baker Program in Real Estate in the SC Johnson College of Business. Jones teaches graduate-level courses in real estate transactions and deal structuring, real estate development process, and zoning and entitlements law on Cornell's Ithaca campus, as well as courses on smart cities and real estate technology and innovation at the Cornell Tech campus in New York City. Graduate students enrolled in Jones' courses draw from multiple disciplines, including the M.B.A., real estate, technology, law, planning, and architecture programs.

Before joining Cornell in 2014, Jones was an attorney at the national law firm of Polsinelli in Phoenix and New York with a practice focused on real estate, corporate, mergers and acquisitions, and government affairs. Prior to that, he practiced in the Southwest's leading law firms of Snell and Wilmer, and Lewis and Roca. In 2014, Jones was appointed to serve on the advisory board of the Arizona Department of Real Estate by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer; he also served two terms on the African-American Advisory Council for then-Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano. 

Jones received his J.D. from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1999 and a B.A. in political science from the University of Arizona in 1996.

Academic Research/Specialty Areas

  • Adaptive reuse
  • Community-based planning and development
  • Economic development¬†
  • Housing
  • Land use/spatial planning
  • Real estate development
  • Suburban neighborhoods
  • Urbanism

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Classes (Selected)

  • CRP 5320/5321 Real Estate Development ProcessExamination of various forms of development as well as the role of major participants in the processes. Reviews issues in residential, retail, industrial, office, and low-income housing projects.¬†This course is a prerequisite for .
  • CRP 5370 Real Estate Seminar SeriesDesigned to bring students weekly into direct contact with real-estate professionals mainly through the use of videoconferences originating from locations around the world.

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • Most Admired Leader Community Award, The Phoenix Business Journal (2013)
  • Forty Under 40 Award, Phoenix (2006)