Welcome New Editorial Board Members

The Urban Affairs Review (UAR) editorial team is pleased to welcome the following people to our editorial board beginning in January 2021. We are grateful for their willingness to take on this important role and look forward to working with each of them over the next two years.

Jonathan E. Collins, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of education and political science (by courtesy) at Brown University. His research focuses on racial and ethnic politics, state and local politics, the politics of education, and democratic innovation. He currently holds research affiliations with the Brown University Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy, the Brown University Annenberg Institute for School Reform, and national research firm the African American Research Collaborative (AARC). He holds a B.A. in English from Morehouse College as well as both an M.A. in African American studies and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA).

Brian Dollery is professor of economics and Director of the Centre for Local Government at the University of New England in Armidale NSW, Australia. He has written extensively on the economics, finance, organisation and structure of local government. Recent books include Perspectives on Australian Local Government Reform (2015) and Local Public, Fiscal and Financial Governance: An International Perspective (2020).

Natasha N. Iskander is an associate professor of urban planning and public policy at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service. Her research focuses on the relationship between migration and development, with a specific focus on the relationship between mobility of people and the generation of knowledge. She has published widely on questions of immigration, skill, economic development, and worker rights, and has explored these issues in various migration corridors, including the U.S-Mexico, the EU-North Africa, and Qatar-South Asia. Iskander holds a Masters in Urban Planning and a PhD in Management, both from MIT.

Loren B. Landau is professor of migration and development at the University of Oxford and Research Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand’s African Centre for Migration & Society. His interdisciplinary scholarship explores mobility, multi-scale governance, and the transformation of socio-political community across the global south. He is currently co-directing the Mobility Governance Lab exploring the regulation of mobility across the ‘global south.’

Eduardo Marques is full professor at the Department of Political Science and researcher and Director of the Center for Metropolitan Studies at USP, principal investigator Fapesp and 1B investigator CNPq. He holds a Ph.D in social sciences (Unicamp, 1998) with a research period in Columbia University, post-doc at Cebrap (2002) and visiting researcher at Sciences Po, University College London and University of California Berkeley. He is a member of the Editorial Board of IJURR, the Strategic Council of the École Urbaine of Sciences Po Paris. He was President of the RC-21 of the International Sociological Association (2014/2018) and trustee of the IJURR Foundation.

Heike Mayer is professor of economic geography at the University of Bern in Switzerland. Her research is in local and regional economic development with a focus on dynamics of innovation and entrepreneurship, place making and sustainability. Heike started her academic career in the United States, where she completed a Ph.D. in Urban Studies (Portland State University) and held a tenured professorship at Virginia Tech University. She is author of the book Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Second Tier Regions (Edward Elgar, Cheltenham), co-author of Small Town Sustainability (Birkhäuser Press, Basel), and co-author of The Political Economy of Capital Cities (Routledge, London).

Jonathan Metzger is professor of urban and regional studies at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. Most of his research deals with decision making concerning complex environmental issues – generally with a focus on urban and regional policy and politics. In his work he relates to and finds inspiration in research debates within the subject areas of planning studies, human geography, science and technology studies, and organization studies.

Eduardo Moncada is assistant professor of political science at Barnard College, Columbia University. His research agenda focuses on the political economy of crime and violence as well as comparative urban politics in Latin America. Moncada is the author of Cities, Business and the Politics of Urban Violence in Latin America (Stanford University Press, 2016), Resisting Extortion: Victims, Criminals and Police in Latin America (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming) and co-editor of Inside Countries: Subnational Research in Comparative Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2019). He has published articles in Perspectives on Politics, Latin American Research Review, Comparative Politics, Studies in Comparative International Development, and Global Crime, among others.

Ashley E. Nickels is associate professor of political science at Kent State University. Dr. Nickels’ work focuses broadly on urban politics, public policy, and grassroots advocacy, through a critical public service lens. She is the author of multiple books, including the award winning book Power, Participation, and Protest in Flint, Michigan: Unpacking the Policy Paradox of Municipal Takeover (Temple University Press, 2019), and Unmasking Administrative Evil, Fifth Edition (with Drs. Balfour and Adams) (Routledge, 2019). Dr. Nickels received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University, Camden, in public affairs, with a specialization in community development.

Eleonora Pasotti is associate professor in the Department of Politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the author of Political Branding in Cities: The Decline of Machine Politics in Bogotá, Naples and Chicago (Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics, Cambridge University Press 2009) and Resisting Redevelopment: Protest in Aspiring Global Cities (Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics, Cambridge University Press 2020).

Benjamin L. Read is a professor of politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His research has focused on urban politics in China and Taiwan, and he also writes about issues and techniques in field research. He is author of Roots of the State: Neighborhood Organization and Social Networks in Beijing and Taipei (Stanford University Press, 2012) and coauthor of Field Research in Political Science: Practices and Principles (Cambridge University Press, 2015). He co-edits the Cambridge Elements series in East Asian Politics and Society.

Daniel S. Scheller is associate professor of public administration and chair of the Master of Science in Urban Studies (MSUS) program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. His research interests are in the areas of neighborhood governance and development, housing, and urban policy. Some of his research has appeared in the Urban Affairs ReviewJournal of Urban AffairsJournal of Real Estate LiteratureSocial Science Quarterly, and Public Works Management & Policy.

Mara Sidney is co-director of the Global Urban Studies doctoral program at Rutgers University-Newark, and associate professor of political science. Her work focuses on the roles that advocacy organizations and nonprofits play in urban governance. Books include Unfair Housing: How National Policy Shapes Community Action; (co-author) Multiethnic Moments: The Politics of Urban Education; and (co-editor) Handbook of Public Policy Analysis. Her work appears in volumes on urban studies and immigration governance, and in journals such as PS: Political Science and Politics, Policy Studies Journal, and Urban Affairs Review. Dr. Sidney has received a Scholar-Teacher Award and a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair.

Matti Siemiatycki is Interim Director of the School of Cities and Professor of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto. He holds a Canada Research Chair in Infrastructure Planning and Finance. His work focuses on delivering large-scale infrastructure projects, evidence based infrastructure investment decisions, and the effective integration of infrastructure into the fabric of cities. Matti consults widely on infrastructure policy and is a frequent media commentator on infrastructure and city planning.

Eric Stokan is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). He is also a faculty affiliate at both the Metropolitan Government and Management Lab (MGMT) at the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Bloomington and also at the Center for Urban Studies at Wayne State University. His primary research focus is on local government decision making, policy processes, and evaluations of economic development, community development, and sustainability policies.

Stacey Sutton is an associate professor of urban planning and policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research in community economic development examines worker-owned cooperatives, economic democracy, neighborhood change, and racially disparate effects of place-based policy and planning. She scholarship focuses on the intersection of Black spaces, ideologies, and institutional infrastructures in solidarity economy ecosystems.

Diane Wong is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Rutgers University, Newark. She holds a Ph.D. in American Politics and M.A. in Comparative Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration from the Department of Government at Cornell University. Her interests include American politics, critical race studies, gender and sexuality, comparative immigration, urban displacement, and community rooted research. Her work draws from a combination of methods including ethnography, participatory mapping, archival research, augmented reality, and oral history interviews. As a first-generation Chinese American born and raised in Flushing, Queens in New York City, her research is intimately tied to the Asian diaspora and urban immigrant experience.

We also would like to acknowledge the contributions to the journal by the following people leaving our Editorial Board in January 2021:

  • Joanna Lucio, Arizona State University
  • Peter Rosenblatt, Loyola University Chicago
  • Susan Saegert, Graduate Center of the City University of New York
  • Paru Shah, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Kristof Steyvers, Ghent University
  • Pawel Swianiewicz, University of Warsaw
  • Floris Vermeulen, University of Amsterdam
  • Mildred Warner, Cornell University

The full list of our Editorial Board can be found here.

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