John Mollenkopf is a Distinguished Professor at CUNY Graduate Center and directs the Center for Urban Research. He received his PhD from Harvard and his teaching and research interests focus on urban politics and public policy, including New York City politics, immigrant political participation, and the new immigrant second generation. He has authored or edited fifteen books on urban politics, urban policy, the politics of urban development, and New York City.
Thomas Ogorzalek is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Urban Studies and Faculty Associate in the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. His research focuses on the role of cities in American political development and the politics of rapidly changing communities in the United States.
Marion Orr is the Frederick Lippitt Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science and Urban Studies at Brown University. His research focuses on urban politics, the politics of urban schools, race and ethnic politics, and community organizing. He is the author and editor of six books including, Black Social Capital: The Politics of School Reform in Baltimore. He is the editor of Transforming the City: Community Organizing and the Challenge of Political Change. He has held a number of fellowships, including an appointment as Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution, a Presidential Fellowship from the University of California, Berkeley, and a fellowship from the Ford Foundation. He is a former president of the Urban Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. He also served as chair of the governing board of the Urban Affairs Association.