UAR Editors & Editorial Board


Richardson Dilworth, Drexel University

Maureen Donaghy, Rutgers University-Camden

Christina Greer, Fordham University

Mara Sidney, Rutgers University-Newark

Timothy Weaver, University at Albany SUNY

Yue Zhang, University of Illinois at Chicago

Managing Editor
Richardson Dilworth, Drexel University

Assistant Managing Editor
Elizabeth M. Motyka, University of Illinois at Chicago

Past Editors-in-Chief of the Urban Affairs Review 1965-2022

Marilyn J. Gittell (1965-1970)

Peter Bouxsein (1970-1973)

Louis H. Masotti (1974-1980)

Albert Hunter and Robert L. Lineberry (1980-1981)

Margaret T. Gordon, Albert Hunter and Robert L. Lineberry (1981-1982)

Margaret T. Gordon and Albert Hunter (1982-1984)

Albert Hunter (1984-1985)

Dennis R. Judd and Donald Phares (1985-1992)

Dennis R. Judd (1992-2002)

Susan E. Clarke, Gary L. Gaile and Michael A. Pagano (2002-2009)

Susan E. Clarke and Michael A. Pagano (2009-2013)

Peter Burns, Jered B. Carr, Annette Steinacker, and Antonio Tavares (2014-2018)

Peter Burns, Jered B. Carr, Jill Tao, and Antonio Tavares (2018-2019)

*Jill Tao served as an associate editor for several years before being promoted to editor in 2018

Phil Ashton, Peter Burns, Jered B. Carr, Joshua Drucker, and Yue Zhang (2020-2022)

*Yue Zhang served as an associate editor from 2016-2018 before becoming an editor in 2020

Editorial Board

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 associate professor in the Clara Luper Department of African and African American Studies at The University of Oklahoma. Her research interests include racial and ethnic politics, local elections, and political incorporation.

Ivy A.M. Cargile is an assistant professor of political science at California State University, Bakersfield. Her research focuses on the intersection of gender and race/ethnicity, and their effect on the behavior of political elites and the electorate. She analyzes how Latina political actors and female politicians of color influence policy outcomes, and represent their constituents. She also focuses on the public opinion of Latina/o/x voters in order to understand how policy issues like immigration, and women’s rights effect participation. Her work appears in Political Research Quarterly, Urban Affairs Review and multiple books on Latina politicians, Latina/o/x voters, and immigration policy.

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).

Bin Chen is an associate professor affiliated with the Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management in the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College, and a doctoral faculty member of Ph.D. program in social welfare at The Graduate Center, The City University of New York (CUNY).  His research focuses on cross-sectoral governance and interorganizational collaboration in public policy implementation, government-nonprofit relations, regional networked governance; spans policy areas of family and children, elderly care, homeless, mental health and disability. His research methods include social network analysis (SNA) and qualitative comparative analysis (QCA).

Nabo Chen is currently professor and Head of Department of Public Management, School of Government, Sun Yat-sen University, China. He earned his MA from Sun Yat-Sen University and PhD from City University of Hong Kong. His areas of teaching and research are urban governance, rural sociology, organization studies, and political sociology. He published four authored books including “State, Market and Life Chances in Contemporary Rural Chinese Society: Evidence from Guangdong” (Springer).“The End of A Village–60 years of changes of Nanching village”. His articles published in Journal of Contemporary China, Sociologica and the several main top Chinese academic journals including Sociological Studies,Management World. Nabo is honorary consultant on urban management, public policies, and human resources management of public sectors in Guangzhou, China. In 2016, invited by the Guangzhou government, Nabo chaired a research committee and co-authored “The 13th Five-Years of Planning of Urban Management of Guangzhou City.”

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).

Margaret (Maggie) Cowell, PhD is an associate professor of urban affairs and planning at Virginia Tech. She teaches courses on economic development, urban economics, and public policy. She is currently a faculty member and co-PI for Virginia Tech’s National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) program on Disaster Resilience and Risk Management. Dr. Cowell’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Kauffman Foundation, National Association of Counties, and United States Economic Development Administration. She is the author of Dealing with Deindustrialization: Adaptive Resilience in American Midwestern Regions (Routledge 2014) and has published numerous peer-reviewed articles focused on economic resilience, economic restructuring, and economic development.

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.

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).

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).

Megan E. Hatch is an associate professor at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. Her research explores the causes and consequences of public policies that disproportionately affect vulnerable populations. The majority of this research centers on two policy areas: rental housing, such as eviction and landlord-tenant policies, and government redistribution, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit.

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.

Nazia Hussain is a project assistant professor at the Institute of Future Initiatives (IFI) at the University of Tokyo. Her work focuses on intersections of political violence, organized crime and informality within the context of cities in developing countries. She earned her PhD in Public Policy from the Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University. She has been the recipient of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellowship (Center for Policy Research, United Nations University) and Fulbright scholarship (Boston University).

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.

Kyle A. Jaros is associate professor in the Political Economy of China at the University of Oxford’s School of Global and Area Studies and a Visiting Fellow (2019-2020) at the University of Notre Dame’s Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies. His research examines the politics of urban and regional development and sub-national governance in China, and he is the author of China’s Urban Champions: The Politics of Spatial Development (Princeton University Press).

David Kaufmann is assistant professor of spatial development and urban policy at ETH Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich). He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Bern and he was a guest researcher at Leiden University, Virginia Tech, University of Ottawa and University of Toronto. David Kaufmann is an urban policy scholar who focuses on economic development, migration, spatial planning, and environmental governance. His interdisciplinary research operates at the intersection of public policy, urban politics, and urban planning.

Kimberley Kinder is an associate professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Michigan. She has an MSc. in Geography from Oxford and a PhD in Geography from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of The Politics of Urban Water: Changing Waterscapes in Amsterdam (2015), DIY Detroit: Making Do in a City without Services (2016), and Constructive Activism: Building Social Movements in Radical Bookstores (forthcoming, 2020).

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 ScienceJournal of PoliticsJournal 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.

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.’

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.

Youngmi Lee is an associate professor in the Department of Public Administration at Kyonggi University, Korea. Her research focuses on local economic development policy, network management and leadership, collaborative governance, and social network analysis. Her work has appeared in Public Administration Review, Policy Studies Journal, Economic Development Quarterly, Local Government Studies, and Review of Policy Research. Her current work is supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea and the Asan Institute for Policy Studies.

Zhilin Liu is an associate professor in the School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University, China. Her research interests include 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.

Michael Manville is associate professor of urban planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. He is also a research affiliate of the Institute of Transportation Studies and the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, both at UCLA. His research examines housing, land use regulation, local public finance, and transportation. He has a PhD in Urban Planning from UCLA.

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).

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.

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.

Scott Minkoff is associate professor of political science at SUNY (State University of New York) New Paltz. His research focuses on the geography of American politics with an emphasis on local government, public goods, and political behavior. He recently published Politics on Display: Yard Signs and the Politicization of Social Spaces (Oxford University Press) which documented political life in two suburban neighborhoods. He has also published on a range of topics, including how neighborhood income diversity affects attitudes about inequality and how local governments interact with one another.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jeffrey Paller is an assistant professor of politics at the University of San Francisco. He specializes in African politics and sustainable urban development. His research examines democracy, accountability, and contentious politics in urban Africa. He recently published the book Democracy in Ghana: Everyday Politics in Urban Africa (Cambridge UP, 2019). His work is published in PolityComparative PoliticsAfrican Studies ReviewJournal of Modern African StudiesAfrica SpectrumAfrica, and Africa Today. He curates the weekly news bulletin “This Week in Africa.”

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).

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.

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.

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.

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 Neil 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.

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).

Richard Stren is emeritus professor of political science and public policy at the University of Toronto, and a senior fellow at the Global Cities Centre.  With a focus urban policy and urban politics, he has worked extensively in a number of African countries (particularly Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa and Côte d’Ivoire), in Latin America (Brazil and Mexico), and more recently in Canada. He has written or edited 18 books in English and French, and over 80 articles in books and refereed journals. He has supervised close to two dozen doctoral students, and has also worked closely with a number of international agencies, including the Ford Foundation, CIDA, USAID, the World Bank and UN-Habitat.

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.

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.

Qingfang Wang is a professor of public policy and Academic Director of Inland Center for Sustainable Development (ICSD) at UC Riverside. Her research interests lie broadly in inequality and development with a particular concern of the minority population (e.g., ethnic and racial minorities and women) and their communities in urban contexts. Funded by NSF, HUD, the Kauffman Foundation, and other agencies, she has published widely on immigrant, ethnic and women entrepreneurship and regional development. Her current projects examine the practices and policies in fostering inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystems.

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.

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.

Jiannan Wu is distinguished professor and Executive Vice Director of China Institute for Urban Governance of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. After obtaining his Ph.D. at Xi’an Jiaotong University, he was postdoctoral research associate at Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. His research interests include urban governance and performance management. He has published extensively in Chinese leading Journals and some English journal, e.g. Journal of Cleaner Production, Public Administration, Journal of Public Administration and Theory, Administration & Society, Public Management Review, and International Review of Administrative Sciences.

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.