Peter Burns is Professor of Political Science at Soka University of America. He is co-author of Can the Big Easy be Reformed: Rebuilding New Orleans. He is author of Electoral Politics Is Not Enough: Racial and Ethnic Minorities and Urban Politics (SUNY Press, 2006). Burns is a member of the governing board of the Urban Affairs Association. He has served on the executive council of the Urban Politics section of the American Political Science Association. Burns co-organized the urban politics panels for the American Political Science Association and Southern Political Science Association. Burns’ research has appeared in Urban Affairs Review, Journal of Urban Affairs, and Social Science Quarterly.