UAR Editors & Editorial Board
Phil Ashton, University of Illinois at Chicago (Bio)
Peter Burns, Soka University of America (Bio)
Jered Carr, University of Illinois at Chicago (Bio)
Joshua Drucker, University of Illinois at Chicago (Bio)
Yue Zhang, University of Illinois at Chicago (Bio)
Jered B. Carr, University of Illinois at Chicago (Bio)
Assistant Managing Editor
Elizabeth M. Motyka, University of Illinois at Chicago
Jered B. Carr, University of Illinois at Chicago (Bio)
Katrin Anacker is an associate professor at George Mason University’s School of Policy. She is the North American Editor of the International Journal of Housing Policy. Her research interests are housing, race, and urban policy and research methods. She obtained her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.
Sarah Anzia is the Michelle J. Schwartz Associate Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. She studies American politics with a focus on state and local government, interest groups, political parties, and public policy. Her book, Timing and Turnout: How Off-Cycle Elections Favor Organized Groups, examines how the timing of elections can be manipulated to affect both voter turnout and the composition of the electorate, which, in turn, affects election outcomes and public policy. She has also written about public-sector unions, the politics of public pensions, women in politics, and the historical development of electoral institutions.
Andrea Benjamin is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Her research interests include racial and ethnic politics, local elections, and political incorporation.
Stefanie Chambers is Charles A. Dana Research Associate Professor of political science at Trinity College. She has published articles on mayoral leadership, urban education, and environmental justice. Her books include Mayors and Schools: Minority Voices and Democratic Tensions in Urban Education (2006) and Immigrant Incorporation in New Destinations: Somalis in the Twin Cities and Columbus (forthcoming).
Els de Graauw is an assistant professor of Political Science at Baruch College, the City University of New York. Her research centers on the nexus of immigration and immigrant integration, civil society organizations, urban and suburban politics, and public policy.
Richardson Dilworth is professor of Politics and Director of the Center for Public Policy at Drexel University. He is the author of the book, The Urban Origins of Suburban Autonomy, and the editor or coeditor of six books, including most recently the CQ Press Guide to Urban Politics and Policy in the United States, with Christine Palus.
Katherine Levine Einstein is an assistant professor of political science at Boston University. Her research interests include local politics, racial and ethnic politics, and American public policy. She is currently a co-principal investigator of the Menino Survey of Mayors, a multi-year data set of survey-interviews of U.S. mayors exploring a wide variety of political and policy issues.
Nuno F. da Cruz is a research fellow at LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science. His research interests include local governance, management and delivery of urban services, privatization, transparency and sustainability indicators, benchmarking, and a number of interrelated topics. This work has been published in Cities, Public Administration, Local Government Studies, Public Money & Management, Environment and Planning C, Utilities Policy, Omega, among many other venues. He has been a frequent collaborator of the Transparency International movement and he is
currently the coordinator of the “New Urban Governance” project cofunded by the MacArthur Foundation.
Michael Javen Fortner is an assistant professor at CUNY’s School of Professional Studies and Graduate Center. He’s Academic Director of Urban Studies at CUNY’s Murphy Institute. He is also the author of Black Silent Majority: The Rockefeller Drug Laws and the Politics of Punishment (Harvard University Press, 2015), a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and winner of the New York Academy of History’s Herbert H. Lehman Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in New York History. He is co-editor with Amy Bridges of Urban Citizenship and American Democracy (SUNY Press, 2016).
Mirya Holman is an assistant professor of political science at Tulane University. Her research focuses on women and politics and urban politics, including Women in Politics in the American City (Temple University Press, 2014) and other research on gender politics, urban politics, voting, and race and ethnic politics.
Vlad Kogan studies state and local government in the United States. His research focuses on the intersection of politics and public policy and examines the consequences of political reform and policy change. Kogan’s research has been published in the leading political science and public policy journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, and Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. He is co-author of Paradise Plundered: Fiscal Crisis and Governance Failures in San Diego (Stanford University Press, 2011), which won the best book award from the Urban Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.
Timothy B. Krebs is a professor of political science at the University of New Mexico. He teaches courses in American politics, specializing in urban politics, urban policy and management, and campaigns and elections. His research program focuses on urban elections and campaigns and urban policy. Professor Krebs also serves as chair of the political science department at the University New Mexico.
J. Celeste Lay is an associate professor of political science at Tulane University. Her work focuses on public opinion on public policy issues and voting behavior in urban elections. She is the author of A Midwestern Mosaic: Immigration and Political Socialization in Rural America (Temple University Press, 2012). Her current work focuses on attitudes about education reform nationally and in New Orleans.
Zhilin Liu is an associate professor in the School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University, China. Her research interests include John Lombard, Old Dominion University urban planning and governance, affordable housing policy, and sustainable urbanization.
Carolyn G. Loh is an associate professor in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at Wayne State University. A former planning consultant, she studies local government planning processes and land use decision-making, including implementation and intergovernmental cooperation.
Joanna Lucio is an assistant professor in the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University. She conducts research on how urban policies and administration affect the rights of low-income residents in metropolitan regions. Specifically, her work focuses on low-income housing policies and civic engagement among disenfranchised populations.
Steve McGovern is an associate professor of political science at Haverford College. He is the author or coauthor of two books and many journal articles on city politics, urban development, and grassroots politics. Much of his research explores the relationship between ideas, ideology, and political culture and urban power relations, as well as the dynamic between societal change and political change in American cities.
John Mollenkopf is a distinguished professor of political science and sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) and directs its Center for Urban Research. His research focuses on the comparative analysis of urban politics and urban policy, including New York City politics, immigrant political participation, and the policies directed at ameliorating urban inequalities. He has authored or edited 18 books on these subjects which have received prizes such as the Distinguished Book Award of the American Sociological Association.
Domingo Morel is assistant professor of Political Science at Rutgers University, Newark. His research program and teaching portfolio focus on urban politics, racial and ethnic politics, education politics and public policy. He is the author of Takeover: Race, Education, and American Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2018). He is also co-editor of Latino Mayors: Power and Political Change in the Postindustrial City (forthcoming, Temple University Press). He received his Ph.D. in political science from Brown University in 2014.
Jen Nelles is a visiting associate professor in the Department Urban Policy at Hunter College (CUNY). Her research, consulting, and teaching focuses on improving coordination between local authorities to address modern social, economic, and environmental issues that inevitably transcend geographical and jurisdictional boundaries. She wrote Comparative Metropolitan Policy: Governing Beyond Boundaries in the Imagined Metropolis (Routlege, 2012), co-authored A Quiet Evolution: The Emergence of Indigenous-Municipal Intergovernmental Partnerships in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2016), and numerous articles on regional governance, regional economic development, intergovernmental relations, and collective action. She also co-authored Discovering American Regionalism, forthcoming from Routledge.
Deirdre Pfeiffer is an assistant professor of geographical sciences and urban planning at Arizona State University. Her research interests include housing strategies to meet the needs of aging and diversifying populations, the impact of economic downturns on housing opportunities and neighborhoods, and the relationship between urban growth and racial equity.
Bo Qin is a professor in the School of Public Administration and Policy at Renmin University of China, where he serves as the head of the Department of Urban Planning and Management. His research interests include urban spatial structure, sustainable urban development, and cities in transition.
Peter Rosenblatt is an assistant professor of sociology at Loyola University Chicago. His research focuses on housing policy and urban inequality. He uses mixed methods to understand the way individuals respond to constraints and opportunities in the housing market, and his work has resulted in publications for both academic and policy audiences.
Susan Saegert is a professor of environmental psychology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She directs the Housing Environments Research Group that works in partnership with community organizations and coalitions to improve distressed housing and neighborhoods. Her recent research concerns homeowners’ experiences of the foreclosure crisis and their policy implications; housing and health; and democratically controlled collective ownership especially community land trusts. She is currently conducting an NSF funded study comparing economic, educational, social and personal life changes after buying Community Land Trust home with life changes since moving into current residences of similar households selected from homebuyer education classes and a Community Land Trust waitlist.
Paru Shah is an associate professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her research and teaching focuses on the intersections of race, ethnicity and politics at the local and state levels, and questions of representation and inclusion.
Ellen Shiau is an associate professor of Political Science at California State University, Los Angeles. Dr. Shiau’s research is on public policy and urban politics; civic participation in local governance; and diversity and cultural competency issues in public administration. She is a contributor to the book Urban Neighborhoods in a New Era: Revitalization Politics in the Postindustrial City published in 2015 by the University of Chicago Press and Latino Mayors: Political Change in the Postindustrial City published in 2018 by Temple University Press.
Michael D. Siciliano is assistant professor of public administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research focuses on network formation and the effect of social structure on individual and collective behavior, decision making, and performance. He has worked with nearly 100 schools across the United States on issues of collaboration, knowledge exchange, and reform. He also studies collaboration in the context of local service provision, emergency management, and science policy.
Kristof Steyvers is an associate professor of political science at Ghent University (Belgium) where he teaches courses on Comparative (Local) Politics and Parties and Party Systems. His (comparatively oriented) research is conducted in the Centre for Local Politics and concerns local political leadership, parties and elections at the local level, local government reform, democratic anchorage of local governance networks, and urban politics.
Clarence Stone is a research professor of political science and public policy at George Washington University. His research interests have long centered on city politics. Most recently he has coauthored a book on urban neighborhoods titled Urban Neighborhoods in a New Era: Revitalization Politics in the Postindustrial City (University of Chicago Press).
Pawel Swianiewicz is a professor of economics at University of Warsaw and head of the Department of Local Development and Policy at the Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies. He has served as an adviser on local gov-ernment issues to the President of Poland since 2010. From 2005 to 2010, he was president of the European Urban Research Association.
Matthew Thomas is a Professor of Political Science at California State University, Chico. He is the author of Reforming New Orleans (2015, Cornell University Press) with Peter Burns, and has written numerous journal articles on urban politics, policing, and criminal justice realignment in California.
Jessica Trounstine is an associate professor of political science at University of California, Merced. She studies representation, elections, political parties, and public goods distributions at the local level in the United States. She is the author of Political Monopolies in American Cities: The Rise and Fall of Bosses and Reformers (University of Chicago Press) and has published numerous articles in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, American Politics Research, UAR, and Political Research Quarterly.
Floris Vermeulen is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. His work focuses on the civic and political participation of minorities at the local level comparing different European cities.
Mildred Warner is a professor of city and regional planning at Cornell University. Her work focuses on local government service delivery (privatization and intermunicipal cooperation), devolution and state–local relations, and economic development policy. She explores geographic disparity in service delivery and public finance across the urban to rural spectrum.
Timothy Weaver is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University at Albany, SUNY. He is author of Blazing the Neoliberal Trail: Urban Political Development in the United States and the United Kingdom (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016). He is currently serving as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Urban and Local Politics section of APSA (2016-2018).
Rachel Weber is a professor in the Urban Planning and Policy Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her book, From Boom to Bubble: How Finance Built the New Chicago (University of Chicago Press, 2015) examines the determinants of real estate cycles. Other recent research focuses on infrastructure privatization and the municipal adoption of risky financial instruments. She has served as an advisor to community organizations, planning agencies, and political candidates, including appointments to then-presidential candidate Barack Obama´s Urban Policy Committee and the City of Chicago’s Tax Increment Financing Reform Task Force.
Eric Zeemering is associate professor and MPA Director in the Department of Public Administration and Policy, School of Public and International Affairs, at the University of Georgia. His research investigates collaborative local governance, including interlocal contracting, local politicians’ roles in metropolitan governance, and urban sustainability. He is the author of Collaborative Strategies for Sustainable Cities: Economy, Environment and Community in Baltimore.