As announced in the January 2020 issue of UAR, we are pleased to welcome Phil Ashton, Joshua Drucker, and Yue Zhang to the editorial team as new Co-Editors of Urban Affairs Review. We deeply thank Antonio Tavares and Jill Tao, who have stepped down from their roles as Co-Editors. Both have been critical parts of our editorial team since 2014 and we are grateful for their enormous contributions to UAR. We are pleased to announce that they both will remain involved with the journal and have agreed to serve as the editors of our reestablished book review section (stay tuned for more news on that)!
Phil Ashton, Joshua Drucker, and Yue Zhang will join Peter Burns and Jered Carr as Co-Editors. This new team builds on our existing strengths in urban/local politics and policy and adds expertise in comparative urban/local politics, global urbanism, fiscalization and urban governance, and regional economics.
New Co-Editor Biographies
Phil Ashton is a faculty member in Urban Planning and Policy at UIC. Trained as a political scientist and urban planner, Phil’s research focuses on financialization and urban governance. His recent work has focused on the US mortgage crisis, including litigation by cities and counties against large banks over concentrated foreclosures. He has also studied the role of investment banks in producing the growing market for urban infrastructure assets, including Chicago’s Skyway and parking meters.
Joshua Drucker is a faculty member in Urban Planning and Policy at UIC, where he studies and teaches economic development planning. His research interests center around processes of economic development and transformation at the regional scale, and he is active in both the planning and regional science fields. Some of his recent projects examine innovation districts as an urban economic development strategy, the contributions of anchor institutions to performance and resilience, and the impacts of local business tax incentives in the U.S. Midwest.
Yue Zhang is an Associate Professor of Political Science at UIC. She received her Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University. Her research interests lie at the intersection of comparative and urban politics, with a focus on urbanization in the Global South, metropolitan and urban governance, infrastructure and the built environment, global migration, and cultural policy. She is the author of The Fragmented Politics of Urban Preservation: Beijing, Chicago, and Paris (University of Minnesota Press 2013; Chinese translation 2018). She is currently working on a book project comparing the informal housing practice and urban governance in China, India, and Brazil.