People

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

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.

    Penn IUR Scholar

    Zaire Zenit Dinzey-Flores

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    Associate Professor, Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies and Sociology, Rutgers University

    About

    Zaire Z. Dinzey-Flores is Associate Professor of Sociology and Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University. She was previously the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow on Race, Crime, and Justice at the Vera Institute of Justice in New York City. Dinzey-Flores has a number of research interests including urban and community sociology, urban planning, race and ethnicity, space and place, qualitative and quantitative methods, social policy, and Latin America and Caribbean Studies. Dinzey-Flores has published articles on public housing policy and design in Puerto Rico, race and class segregation and inequality in Puerto Rico, reggaetón music and culture as an urban phenomenon, and what it means to acknowledge Latinos in the urban intellectual history of the United States. Her recent book, Locked In, Locked Out: Gated Communities in a Puerto Rican City (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013) looks at questions of race and class inequality as they are recreated and contained in the physical built environment.

    Selected Publications

    Dinzey-Flores, Zaire Zenit. 2013. Locked In, Locked Out. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

    Fellow

    Derek Douglas

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    Vice President for Civic Engagement, University of Chicago

    Areas of Interest

      About

      Derek Douglas is Vice President for Civic Engagement at the University of Chicago. Douglas leads the university’s local, national, and international urban development and civic engagement efforts to enhance the quality of life for local residents and enrich the work of faculty and students through research, education and direct engagement. Previously, Douglas served as Special Assistant to President Barack Obama on the White House Domestic Policy Council (DPC) where he served as the principal architect of President Obama’s agenda to strengthen our nation’s cities and metropolitan regions.

      Affiliated PhD Student

      Chandan Deuskar

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      PhD Candidate, City and Regional Planning, University of Pennslyvania

      About

      Chandan Deuskar is a doctoral student in city and regional planning at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. His research interests relate to rapid urbanization in the developing world and its relationship with urban poverty and economic growth, the spatial form of cities, and urban land issues. Between 2011 and 2016, he worked at the World Bank on urban development in Indonesia, Vietnam, Mongolia, Malaysia, Haiti, and Palestine, as well as regional and global studies which used new data and methods to standardize the definition and measurement of urban areas to allow international comparison of urbanization and its impacts. In 2011, Chandan obtained a Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where his thesis was on land readjustment as a means of acquiring land for urban expansion in Ahmedabad, India. He also holds a BA in architecture from Columbia University. He grew up in Mumbai, India, and has also lived in Dubai, New York, Boston, and Washington, DC. 

      Selected Publications

      World Bank. "East Asia's Changing Urban Landscape: Measuring a Decade of Spatial Growth." (2015).

      Sanyal, Bishwapriya, and Chandan Deuskar. "A better way to grow? Town planning schemes as a hybrid land readjustment process in Ahmedabad, India." Value capture and land policies 149 (2012): 182.

      Penn IUR Scholar

      George Galster

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      Clarence Hilberry Professor of Urban Affairs, Department of Urban Studies Planning, Wayne State University

      About

      George Galster is the Clarence Hilberry Professor of Urban Affairs at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at Wayne State University. Galster has been a consultant to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Justice, numerous municipalities, community organizations, and civil rights groups.  He has provided housing policy consultations to governments in Australia, China, France, Scotland and the United States. Galster’s areas of interest are metropolitan housing markets, racial discrimination and segregation, neighborhood dynamics, residential reinvestment, community lending and insurance patterns, and the interrelationship between neighborhood contexts and social inequality. He has published more than 130 peer-reviewed articles on a variety of urban issues. 

      Selected Publications

      Raleigh, Erica and George Galster. Forthcoming. Neighborhood Deterioration, Abandonment and Crime Dynamics. Journal of Urban Affairs.

      Hedman, Lina and George Galster. 2013. Neighborhood Income Sorting and the Effects of Neighborhood Income Mix on Income: A Holistic Empirical Exploration. Urban Studies, 50(1): 107-127.

      Galster, George. 2012. Driving Detroit: The Quest for Respect in the Motor City. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

      Price, Gwylim, Yu Chen, and George Galster. 2011. The Impact of Floods on House Prices: An Imperfect Information Approach with Myopia and Amnesia. Housing Studies 26(2): 259-279.

      Galster, George. 2008. Quantifying the Effect of Neighborhood on Individuals: Challenges, Alternative Approaches, and Promising Directions. Schmollers Jahrbuch, 128: 1-42.

      Galster, George, Peter Tatian, and John Accordino. 2006. Targeting Investments for Neighborhood Revitalization. Journal of the American Planning Association, 72(4): 457-474.

      Affiliated PhD Student

      Samuel Geldin

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      PhD Candidate, City and Regional Planning, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

      About

      Sam Geldin is a doctoral student in the Department of City and Regional Planning with interests in climate adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and urban governance in the Global South. He is particularly passionate about enhancing subnational climate action efforts through policy, planning, and comparative urban studies. Sam previously supported two transnational climate action networks, policy formulation in the California Governor's Office of Planning, and a research initiative facilitated by the UNFCCC Secretariat. He holds an MSc in Environmental Science from Yale, where his master's thesis investigated the diffusion of adaptation practices through city networks in Indonesia. He also holds a BS in Environmental Science and a BA in Geography from UCLA.

      Faculty Fellow

      Andrea Goulet

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      Professor of Romance Languages; Graduate Chair, French; French and Francophone Studies

      About

      Andrea Goulet is Professor of Romance Languages in French and Francophone Studies and Graduate Chair of French in the School of Arts and Sciences. Prior to coming to Penn, she served as Associate Professor of French at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the author of two books on French fiction and literature. Her current research interests include 19th and 20th century French fiction, critical theory, science and literature, detective fiction, and nouveau roman literature. She is currently co-chair of the Nineteenth-Century French Studies Association.

      Selected Publications

      Goulet, Andrea. Forthcoming. "Teaching Les Misérables: Crime and the Popular Press." In MLA Approaches to Teaching Hugo's Les Misérables, edited by Michal Ginsburg and Bradley Stephens.

      Goulet, Andrea. 2016. Legacies of the Rue Morgue: Space and Science in French Crime Fiction. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

      Goulet, Andrea. 2016. "Du massacre de la rue Transnonain aux 'drames de la rue: Politique et théâtre de l'espace." Romantisme 171(2016): 53-64.

      Goulet, Andrea. 2006. Optiques: The Science of the Eye and the Birth of Modern French Fiction. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

      Faculty Fellow

      David Gouverneur

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      Associate Professor of Practice in Landscape Architecture, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

      About

      David Gouverneur is Associate Professor of Practice in Landscape Architecture at the School of Design and Honorary Professor of the Universidad Rafael Urdaneta, Maracaibo, Venezuela. Previously, he was the Chair of the School of Architecture and Professor in the Departments of Architecture, and City and Regional Planning at Universidad Simón Bolívar; Director of Urban Development of Venezuela; Co-founder and Professor of the Urban Design program, and Director of the Mayor's Institute in Urban Design at Universidad Metropolitana, in Caracas. He is the two-time recipient of the G. Holmes Perkins Award for distinguished teaching at PennDesign and co-recipient of the Venezuelan National Architecture award in 2000 and in 2016. His professional practice focuses on improvement of existing informal settlements, the rehabilitation of areas affected by extraordinary natural events, areas of new centralities, new mixed-use districts, and the rehabilitation of cultural landscapes. His main area of research focuses on the notion of Informal Armatures, a method to address the rampant Self-Constructed urbanization, the dominant urban form in many countries of the Global South. He has lectured extensively, written articles and organized seminars and workshops, particularly in Latin America. He received his M.Arch in Urban Design from Harvard University (1980), and B.Arch from the Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela (1977). 

      Selected Publications

      Planning and Design for Future Informal Settlements: Shaping the Self-Constructed City. Routledge 2014.

      El diseño de nuevos asentamientos informales. Universidad de La Salle/Universidad Eafit, Colombia, 2016

      Editor of Revisiting Urban Renewal: Alternatives for Public Housing in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. PennDesign/Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 2012

      Co author of: The Rehabilitation of the Littoral Central, Venezuela, with the support of Universidad Metropolitana/Harvard University,Toddman Editores, Caracas, 2000.

       

      Faculty Fellow

      Renata Holod

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      College of Women Class of 1963 Term Professor in the Humanities

      Curator, Near East Section, Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

      About

      Renata Holod is College of Women Class of 1963 Term Professor in the Humanities, History of Art Department; and Curator in the Near East Section, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, both at the University of Pennsylvania. She has carried out archeological and architectural fieldwork in Syria, Iran, Morocco, Turkey, Central Asia, Tunisia, and Ukraine.

      She is co-author and co-editor of City in the Desert (1978); Architecture and Community: Building in the Islamic World Today, Aperture, New York, (1983); The Mosque and the Modern World (1997); The City in the Islamic World (2008) and An Island Through Time: Jerba Studies (2009).

      She was Convenor, Steering Committee Member, and Chair, Master Jury of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture; and was Director, Assessment Board, Aga Khan Trust for Culture, 2012-2013.

      She sits on several advisory boards including the Fondation Max Van Berchem, Muqarnas, Annual in Islamic Art and Visual Culture; International Journal of Islamic Architecture; Ars Asiatiques; and Center for the Study of Material and Visual Cultures of Religion, Yale University. She has served as President, Board of Trustees at The Ukrainian Museum June 2013 - June 2017. 

      Selected Publications

      Jayyuusi, Salma Khadra, Renata Holod, Attilio Petruccioli, Andre Raymond. 2008. The City in the Islamic World. Brill Academic Pub.

      Holod, Renata and Hasan-Uddin Khan. 1997. The Mosque and the Modern World: Architects, Patrons, and Designs Since the 1950s. Thames and Hudson.

      Holod, Renata, Hmet Evin, and Suha Özkan, eds. 1984. Modern Turkish Architecture, 1st ed. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

      Holod, Renata. 1983. Architecture and Community: Building in the Islamic World Today: The Aga Khan Award for Architecture. New York: Aperture.

      Grabar, Oleg, Renata Holod, James Knustad, and William Trousdale. 1978. City in the Desert: An Account of the Archaeological Expedition to Qasr al-Hayr al-Sharqi, Syria. Harvard Middle East Monograph Series 23/24. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

      Affiliated PhD Student

      Ben Hyman

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      PhD Candidate, Applied Economics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

      Areas of Interest

        About

        Ben Hyman is a doctoral candidate in Applied Economics at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, affiliated with the Departments of Business Economics & Public Policy and Real Estate. Ben's research interests span the fields of public finance, local labor markets, urban economics, and international trade. Ben received his B.A. (Honors) from the University of Southern California (USC), and holds an M.C.P. with a concentration in urban and regional economics from MIT. Prior to graduate school, he worked as a research associate with MIT's poverty action lab (J-PAL). Ben's current research focuses on two streams of work. The first concerns whether worker re-training programs help mitigate the adverse effects of local labor market disruptions. The second agenda studies the effects of state and local tax credit incentives on firm behavior and labor demand.

        Selected Publications

        Can Displaced Labor be Retrained? Evidence from Quasi-Random Assignment to Trade Adjustment Assistance (2017) [Work-in-progress]

        Firm Mobility and the Economic Development Effects of Location Subsidies: Evidence from a Large-Scale Tax Credit Lottery (2017) [Work-in-progress]

        Harrison, A., Hyman, B., Martin, L., & Nataraj, S. (2015). When do Firms Go Green? Comparing Price Incentives with Command and Control Regulations in India (No. w21763). National Bureau of Economic Research.

        Affiliated PhD Student

        Krista Iskander

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

        About

        Krista Iskander is a doctoral student in City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennslyvania.
        Penn IUR Scholar

        Ferdous Jahan

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        Professor of Public Administration, University of Dhaka; Academic Coordinator, BRAC Development Institute, BRAC University

        Areas of Interest

          About

          Ferdous Jahan is Professor of Public Administration at the University of Dhaka and is Academic Coordinator at the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development. Jahan teaches courses on development, management of land, governance, comparative public administration, financial administration, and political science. She is also an expert in program evaluation and policy research. She has designed and conducted a variety of qualitative studies as well as many quantitative surveys and research. Her current research involves governance, social protection, urban poverty, legal empowerment of the poor and women¹s empowerment issues in developing nations.

          Selected Publications

          Jahan, Ferdous, et al. 2013. State of Cities: Re-thinking Urban Governance in Narayanganj, Chapters 1-3, 6. Dhaka, Bangladesh: Institute of Governance Studies, BRAC University.

          Manoj Roy, David Hulme and Ferdous Jahan. 2013. Contrasting Adaptation Responses by Squatters and Low-Income Tenants in Khulna Bangladesh. Environment & Urbanization, 25(1): 1­20.

          Jahan, Ferdous and Asif M. Shahan. 2013. Power and Influence of Islam-Based Political Parties in Bangladesh: Perception versus Reality. Journal of Asian and African Studies. (Published online on June 26, 2013.)

          Jahan, Ferdous, David Hulme, Manoj Roy, and Asif Shahan. 2012. Reframing the Problem: From Climate Change in Urban Areas to Urban Governance in an Era of Climate Change. London: Department for International Development.

          Ferdous Jahan and Asif M. Shahan. 2012. Bureau Bashing and Public Service Motivation: A Case for the Civil Service of Bangladesh. International Journal of Public Administration, 35(4): 272-284.

          Manoj Roy, Ferdous Jahan and David Hulme. 2012. Community and Institutional Responses to the Challenges Facing Poor Urban People in Khulna, Bangladesh in an Era of Climate Change.  BWPI, University of Manchester Working Paper 163/2012.

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