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Penn IUR is affiliated with more than 200 experts in the field of urbanism. Its Faculty Fellows program identifies faculty at the University of Pennsylvania with a demonstrated interest in urban research; the Penn IUR Scholars program identifies urban scholars outside of Penn; and the Penn IUR Fellows program identifies expert urban practitioners. Together, these programs foster a community of scholars and encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration.

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Fellow

Joan Clos

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Executive Director, United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat)

Areas of Interest

    About

    Joan Clos is Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) at the level of Undersecretary-General by the United Nations General Assembly since October 2010. Clos is a medical doctor with a distinguished career in public service and diplomacy. He was twice elected Mayor of Barcelona, serving two terms during the years 1997-2006. He was Minister of Industry, Tourism and Trade of Spain between 2006 and 2008. Prior to joining the United Nations, he served as Spanish ambassador to Turkey and Azerbaijan. He has also been a member of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), Chairman of the UN Advisory Committee of Local Authorities (UNACLA), President for the World Association of Cities and Local Authorities, and President of Metropolis. He has received a number of awards, which include a gold medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1999 for transforming Barcelona and, in 2002 the UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour Award for encouraging global cooperation between local authorities and the United Nations. 

    Faculty Fellow

    Ram Cnaan

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    Professor; Program Director, Program for Religion and Social Policy Research

    Faculty Director, Goldring Reentry Initiative

    About

    Ram Cnaan is Professor of Social Welfare, Director of the Program for Religion and Social Policy Research, and Faculty Director of the Goldring Reentry Initiative in the School of Social Policy & Practice. He is a world-renowned expert in studying faith-based social services and volunteerism. He carried out the first national study on the role of local religious congregations in the provision of social services as well as the first one-city census of congregations in one city (Philadelphia). Cnaan is now working on fiscally valuing the contribution of urban congregations as well as working on an edited volume on innovative nonprofit organizations and leading the Goldring Reentry Initiative to reduce ex-prisoners’ recidivism in Philadelphia. In addition, he serves on the editorial board of eleven academic journals. 

    Selected Publications

    Luria, G., R.A. Cnaan, and A. Boehm. In Press. “Religious attendance and volunteering: Testing national culture as a boundary condition.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.

    Cnaan, Ram A. And Toorjo Ghose. 2017. “Doctoral Social Work Education.” Research on Social Work Practice. 

    Heist, D. H., and R.A. Cnaan. 2016. “Faith-based international development work: A review.” Religions 7(3): 1-17.

    Cnaan, R. A., and S. An. 2016. “Harnessing faith for improved quality of life: Government and faithbased nonprofit organizations in partnership.” Human Service Organizations Management, Leadership and Governance 40(3): 208-219.

    Cnaan, R. A., and D. Kaplan Vinokur. 2014. Cases in innovative nonprofits: Organizations that make a difference. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 

    Fellow

    Steve Cochrane

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    Managing Director, Moody’s Analytics

    Areas of Interest

      About

      Steven Cochrane is Managing Director of Moody’s Analytics. He oversees the U.S. regional forecasting service and directs the research and development activities of the research staff, including its Global Cities service. He also edits Regional Financial Review, a monthly publication that analyzes U.S. macro-, regional, industry, and international trends. Many of Cochrane’s consulting projects focus on state and local economic development. Early projects include a study of the industrial structure and comparative economic advantages for Sonoma County CA, followed by a ten-year update that modeled alternative outlook scenarios based on recommended improvements in labor force quality and green industry initiatives. Other projects have included studies of the changing industrial structure and economic competitiveness of Arizona, North Dakota and Pennsylvania, and the city and county of San Francisco. An analyst with Moody’s Analytics since 1993, Cochrane has been featured on Wall Street Radio, the PBS NewsHour, and CNBC.

      Selected Publications

      Cochrane, Steve and Sophia Koropeckyj, Aaron Smith, and Sean Ellis. 2013. Central Cities and Metropolitan Areas: Manufacturing and Nonmanufacturing Employment as Drivers of Growth. In Revitalizing American Cities, eds. Susan M. Wachter and Kimberly Zeuli, eds. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

      Cochrane, Steve. 1997. Emerging Opportunities in Sonoma County: The Five Year Forecast. Sonoma County Economic Development Board.

      Cochrane, Steve. 2005. Economic Outlook: U.S. and North Dakota. North Dakota Governor’s Office.

      Faculty Fellow

      Daniel Aldana Cohen

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      Assistant Professor

      About

      Daniel Aldana Cohen is Assistant Professor of Sociology in the School of Arts and Sciences. He researches and writes on climate politics, investigating the intersections of climate change, inequalities of race and social class, and the political projects of both elites and social movements in global cities of the North and South. Cohen's work has been published in Nature, Public Culture, Jacobin, Dissent, Public Books, NACLA Report on the Americas, and elsewhere.

      Selected Publications

      Wachsmuth, David, Daniel Aldana Cohen, and Hillary Angelo. 2016. “Expand the frontiers of urban sustainability: Social equity and global impacts are missing from measures of cities' environments friendliness.” Nature 536(7618): 391-393.

      Cohen, Daniel Aldana. 2016. “The Rationed City: The politics of water, housing, and land use in drought-parched São Paulo.” Public Culture 28(2): 261-289.

      Affiliated PhD Student

      Laurent Corroyer

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      Doctoral Candidate, City and Regional Planning, School of Design, University of Pennslyvania

      About

      David Stanek is a doctoral student in city and regional planning in the University of Pennslyvania's School of Design.
      Faculty Fellow

      Dennis Culhane

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      Professor and Dana and Andrew Stone Chair in Social Policy

      Co-Principal Investigator, Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy

      Director of Research, National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans

      About

      Dennis Culhane is Professor and Dana and Andrew Stone Chair in Social Policy, Co-Principal Investigator of Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy, and Director of Research at the National Center on Homelessness among Veterans. His primary area of research is homelessness and assisted housing policy. His research has contributed to efforts to address the housing and support needs of people experiencing housing emergencies and long-term homelessness. Culhane’s recent research includes studies of vulnerable youth and young adults, including those transitioning from foster care, juvenile justice, and residential treatment services. 

      Selected Publications

      Culhane, Dennis P. 2016. “The Potential of Linked Administrative Data for Advancing Homelessness Research and Policy." European Journal of Homelessness 10(3): 109-126. 

      Culhane, Dennis, Megan Henry, Rian Watt, Lily Rosenthal, Azim Shivji, et al. 2016. “The 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress: Part 1, Point in Time Estimates."

      Pleace, N. and D.P. Culhane. 2016. Better than Cure: Testing the Case for Enhancing Prevention of Single Homelessness in England. London: Crisis.

      Cameron, Parsell, Maree Petersen, and Dennis P. Culhane. 2016. “Cost Offsets of Supportive Housing: Evidence for Social Work.” British Journal of Social Work 2016: 1-20.

      Fantuzzo, John and Dennis P. Culhane. 2015. Actionable Intelligence: Using Integrated Data Systems to Achieve a More Effective, Efficient, and Ethical Government. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

      Affiliated PhD Student

      Alison Culyba

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      Doctoral Candidate, Department of Epidemiology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

      About

      Alison Culyba, MD MPH, is an Adolescent Medicine Advanced Research Fellow at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Epidemiology PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania with expertise in strengths-based approaches to youth violence prevention. She completed medical school at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, residency training in Internal Medicine-Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and fellowship training in Adolescent Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She obtained an MPH from Harvard University with a focus on adolescent health and injury prevention. Her clinical experiences caring for violence-affected youth in West Philadelphia motivate and inform her research efforts. Her research focuses on the role of individual, family, and neighborhood-level promotive factors in reducing violence involvement among youth in urban environments. Employing novel GIS methods, her current research examines the role of supportive adult family members in reducing the risk of severe assault injuries among male youth in urban environments. 

      Selected Publications

      Wiebe DJ, Blackstone MM, Mollen CJ, Culyba AJ, Fein JA.: Self-Reported Violence-Related Outcomes for Adolescents within Eight Weeks of Emergency Department Treatment for Assault Injury.  J AD Health. 49(4): 440-442, Oct: 2011.

      Penn IUR Scholar

      Janet Currie

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      Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

      Director of the Center for Health and Well Being, Princeton University

      Areas of Interest

        About

        Janet Currie is the Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University and the Director of Princeton’s Center for Health and Well Being. She also directs the Program on Families and Children at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She is a Member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, and a Fellow of the Society of Labor Economists.  She was elected Vice President of the American Economics Association in 2010, and will be President of the Society of Labor Economists in 2014. Her research focuses on the health and well-being of children. She has written about early intervention programs, programs to expand health insurance and improve health care, public housing, and food and nutrition programs. Her current research focuses on socioeconomic differences in child health, and on environmental threats to children’s health.

        Selected Publications

        Currie, Janet, and Erdal Tekin. 2015. Is There a Link Between Foreclosure and Health? American Economic Journals: Economic Policy.

        Currie, Janet, and Joshua Graff-Zivin, Jamie Mullen, and Matthew Neidell. 2014. “What Do We Know About Short and Long Term Effects of Early Life Exposure to Pollution? Annual Review of Resource Economics. 

        Currie, Janet and Robert Khan, ed. 2012. The Future of Children. Children With Disabilities, 22(1). Washington DC: Princeton-Brookings.

        Currie, Janet and Reed Walker. 2011. Traffic Congestion and Infant Health. American Economic Journal-Applied Economics, 65-90.

        Currie, Janet M. 2006. The Invisible Safety Net: Protecting the Nation's Poor Children and Families. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

        Affiliated PhD Student

        Lee Ann Custer

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        Doctoral Candidate, History of Art, University of Pennsylvania

        About

        Lee Ann Custer is a doctoral student in History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include the urban vernacular built environment and modern architectural history. Before coming to Penn, Lee Ann worked on a variety of architecture and urban studies initiatives, including the BMW Guggenheim Lab at the Guggenheim Museum and Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good at the American Pavilion of the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale. Additionally, she has worked for SO – IL architects in New York, as well as for museum planning consultants Lord Cultural Resources. Lee Ann holds a BA in History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University, where she graduated magna cum laude with highest honors. 

        Faculty Fellow

        Thomas Daniels

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        Professor; Director of Land Use and Environmental Planning Concentration

        About

        Tom Daniels is Professor of City and Regional Planning and Director of the Land Use and Environmental Planning Concentration in the Department of City and Regional Planning in the School of Design. His main areas of interest are farmland preservation, growth management, and the connection between land use and water quality. Daniels often serves as a consultant to state and local governments and land trusts. He lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where for nine years he managed the county’s nationally recognized farmland preservation program. Daniels’ has taught at SUNY-Albany, Kansas State University, and Iowa State University and has served on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of the American Planning Association. In 2002 he was a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

        Selected Publications

        Daniels, Thomas. 2014. The Environmental Planning Handbook, 2nd edition. APA Planners Press, 2014.

        Daniels, Thomas and Doug Walker. 2011. The Planners Guide to CommunityViz. APA Planners Press.

        Daniels, Tom. 2010. “Integrating Forest Carbon Sequestration Into a Cap-and-Trade Program to Reduce Net CO2 Emissions.” Journal of the American Planning Association 76(4).

        Daniels, Tom. 2009. “A Trail Across Time: American Environmental Planning from City Beautiful to Sustainability.” Journal of the American Planning Association 75(2).

        Daniels, Tom. 1999. When City and Country Collide: Managing Growth in the Metropolitan Fringe. Washington, DC: Island Press.

        Affiliated PhD Student

        Eliza Davenport Whiteman

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        Doctoral Candidate, City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania

        About

        Eliza is a PhD Student in the City & Regional Planning program at PennDesign. Her research interests focus on issues of food access and food insecurity in urban environments. She uses a mixed-methods approach to explore spatiotemporal dynamics of food and health across the urban planning, public health and social welfare disciplines. She received an MS in Nutrition Policy and an MA in Urban & Environmental Planning from Tufts University and a BA in Sustainable Agriculture from The Evergreen State College. Prior to her doctoral studies, she worked on city food policy issues at the Baltimore Food Policy Initiative, and in Portland, Oregon, where she served on the Portland-Multnomah Food Policy Council and worked at a non-profit food education organization. 

        Selected Publications

        Johnson, M. P., Hollander, J. B., & Whiteman, E. D. (2015). Data and Analytics for Neighborhood Development: Smart Shrinkage Decision Modeling in Baltimore, Maryland. In Planning Support Systems and Smart Cities (pp. 61–76). Springer International Publishing.

        Auerbach, A., McCabe, K., & Whiteman, E. D. (2014). A Health Impact Assessment of the Massachusetts Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights. Health Resources in Action. 

        Fellow

        Andrew Davidson

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        President, Andrew Davidson & Co.

        Areas of Interest

          About

          Andrew Davidson is a financial innovator and leader in the development of financial research and analytics. He has worked extensively on mortgage-backed securities product development, valuation and hedging. He is president of Andrew Davidson & Co., Inc., a New York firm specializing in the application of analytical tools to investment management, which he founded in 1992. Andrew was instrumental in the creation of the Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae risk-sharing transactions: STACR and CAS. These transactions allow Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to attract private capital to bear credit risk, even as they remain in government conservatorship. Andrew is also active in other dimensions of GSE reform and has testified before the Senate Banking Committee on multiple occasions. Andrew also helped establish the Structured Finance Industry Group and served on the Executive Committee at its inception. He received an MBA in Finance at the University of Chicago and a BA in Mathematics and Physics at Harvard.

           

          Selected Publications

          Mortgage Valuation Models: Embedded Options, Risk, and Uncertainty with Alexander Levin, June 2014, Oxford University Press.

          Securitization: Structuring and Investment Analysis with Anthony Sanders, Lan-Ling Wolff and Anne Ching, Sep 2003, Wiley.

          Mortgage-Backed Securities: Investment Analysis and Advanced Valuation Techniques with Michael Herskovitz, Dec 1993, Probus.

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