Universal Furniture Professor of Statistics
Areas of Interest
Edward George is Universal Furniture Professor of Statistics at The Wharton School. His research interests include hierarchical modeling, model uncertainty, shrinkage estimation, treed modeling, variable selection, and wavelet regression. He is a member of a number of professional organizations, including American Statistical Association (Elected Fellow), Bernoulli Society, Institute of Mathematical Statistics (Elected Fellow), Royal Statistical Society (Fellow), International Statistical Institute (Elected Member), International Society for Bayesian Analysis, Japanese Association of Financial Econometrics and Engineering American Statistical Association (Elected Fellow), Bernoulli Society, Institute of Mathematical Statistics (Elected Fellow), Royal Statistical Society (Fellow), International Statistical Institute (Elected Member), International Society for Bayesian Analysis, and the Japanese Association of Financial Econometrics and Engineering.
Ročková, Veronika and Edward I. George. 2016. “The Spike-and-Slab LASSO.” Journal of the American Statistical Association, December.
Ročková, Veronika and Edward I. George. 2016. “Fast Bayesian Factor Analysis via Automatic Rotations to Sparsity.” Journal of the American Statistical Association 111(516).
Ročková, Veronika and Edward I. George. 2014. “EMVS: The EM Approach to Bayesian Variable Selection.” Journal of the American Statistical Association 109(506): 828-846.
Associate, Ballard Spahr
David Gest is a real estate attorney and Associate at Ballard Spahr. He has worked with city planners, architects, landscape architects, and environmental consultants on major real estate development projects. Gest has also worked with city agencies and community groups on zoning and historic preservation matters. Gest is a member of the American Planning Association and the American Bar Association. His focus areas include zoning and land use.
Co-Director, Housing Finance Policy Center, Urban Institute
Laurie Goodman is codirector of the Housing Finance Policy Center at the Urban Institute. The center is dedicated to providing policymakers with data-driven analyses of housing finance policy issues that they can depend on for relevance, accuracy, and independence. Before joining Urban in 2013, Goodman spent 30 years as an analyst and research department manager at a number of Wall Street firms. From 2008 to 2013, she was a senior managing director at Amherst Securities Group, LP, where her strategy effort became known for its analysis of housing policy issues. From 1993 to 2008, Goodman was head of global fixed income research and manager of US securitized products research at UBS and predecessor firms, which were ranked number one by Institutional Investor for 11 straight years. Before that, she was a senior fixed income analyst, a mortgage portfolio manager, and a senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. She was inducted into the Fixed Income Analysts Hall of Fame in 2009. Goodman is on the board of directors of MFA Financial, is an advisor to Amherst Capital Management, and is a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Housing Commission, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Financial Advisory Roundtable, and the New York State Mortgage Relief Incentive Fund Advisory Committee. She has published more than 200 journal articles and has coauthored and coedited five books. Goodman has a BA in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA and PhD in economics from Stanford University.
Executive Director, Philadelphia City Planning Commission
Mayor for Planning and Economic Development and Director of Commerce, City of Philadelphia
Alan Greenberger is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development and Director of Commerce for Philadelphia. Prior to his position as Deputy Mayor, Greenberger worked for several years with Mitchell/Giurgola Architects, practicing as a partner through 2008. In 2009, he became the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Zoning Code Commission. Greenberger currently serves on the faculty of the Department of Architecture at Drexel University and the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania. Among Greenberger’s notable projects are the renovation of Lehigh University’s Lindeman Library, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, the America on Wheels Museum in Allentown, and the Master Plan for the Centennial District in Fairmount Park.
Assistant Professor of Real Estate
Areas of Interest
Jessie Handbury is Assistant Professor of Real Estate at The Wharton School and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Her research interests lie at the intersection of urban economics, trade, and industrial organization. Her recent articles use detailed data on retail sales to characterize how product prices and availability vary across U.S. cities and to measure the implications of this variation on household living costs. Her current research examines spatial and socio-economic disparities in the availability and consumption of food products. This work, supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, seeks to understand the roles that differentials in price sensitivity, nutritional preferences, and retail access each play in explaining socio-economic disparities in nutrition.
Handbury, Jessie, Ilya Rahkovsky, and Molly Schnell. 2015. “What Drives Nutritional Disparities? Retail Access and Food Purchases Across the Socioeconomic Spectrum.” NBER Working Paper Series Volume w21126.
Handbury, Jessie, and David E. Weinstein. 2014. “Goods prices and availability in cities.” The Review of Economic Studies 82(1): 258-296.
Handbury, Jessie. 2014. “Are poor cities cheap for everyone? Non-homotheticity and the cost of living across us cities.” Zell-Lurie working papers.
Research Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Daniel Hartley is a Research Economist in the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. He is primarily interested in urban/regional economics and labor economics. His current work focuses on gentrification, public housing, neighborhood housing market dynamics, and household finance. Raised in the Hyde Park neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago, Hartley has always had a deep appreciation of cities. His prior employment includes a three-year spell as a software developer, and summer jobs in various research areas including electrical engineering and asset management.
Guerrieri, V., D. Hartley, and E. Hurst. 2013. Endogenous Gentrification and Housing Price Dynamics. Journal of Public Economics, 100: 45-60.
Guerrieri, V., D. Hartley, and E. Hurst. 2012. Within-city Variation in Urban Decline: The Case of Detroit. American Economic Review - Papers and Proceedings, 102(3): 120-126.
Hartley, D. and K. Fee. 2013. “The Relationship between City Center Density and Urban Growth or Decline.” In Revitalizing American Cities, Susan Wachter and Kimberly Zeuli, eds. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
Aliprantis, D. and D. Hartley. Blowing It Up and Knocking It Down: The Local and City-Wide Effects of Demolishing High Concentration Public Housing on Crime. (Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Working Paper). http://www.clevelandfed.org/research/workpaper/2010/wp1022r.pdf.
Jacques Barzun Professor in History and the Social Sciences, Department of History
Director, Herbert H. Lehman Center for American History, Columbia University
Ken Jackson is the Jacques Barzun Professor in History and the Social Sciences in the Department of History and the Director of the Herbert H. Lehman Center for American History at Columbia University. He was formerly the Chair of the Department of History. Jackson’s areas of expertise include urban, social, and military history. He has served as President for several organizations, including the Urban History Association and the Society of American Historians, and is the recipient of many awards, including the Bancroft Prize and the Francis Parkman Prize for his book “Crabgrass Frontier.” His research and work largely focus on the urban history of New York City. Jackson has been affiliated with many organizations, including the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the New York Historical Society, the National Council for History Education, and the Society of American Historians. At Columbia, Jackson teaches the class “The History of New York,” well known for its midnight bike ride from campus to Brooklyn.
Jackson, Ken. 1996. All the World’s a Mall: Reflections on the Social and Economic Consequences of the American Shopping Center. American Historical Review, October: 1111-1121.
Jackson, Ken. 1998. NCHE: Where School and University Meet. The History Teacher, February.
Jackson, Ken. 1998. Manila John of Guadacanal: Hero of the Pacific War. In Forgotten Heroes of American History, Susan Ware, ed. New York: Basic Books.
Associate Director, Fox Leadership International, and College of Liberal and Professional Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Ferdous Jahan is Associate Director, Fox Leadership International, and College of Liberal and Professional Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Previously she was Professor of Public Administration at the University of Dhaka and is Academic Coordinator at the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development where she taught 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.
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.
Mark L. Joseph
Associate Professor, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
Director, National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities
Faculty Associate, Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, Case Western Reserve University
Mark L. Joseph is an Associate Professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Director of the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities, and a Faculty Associate at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case Western Reserve University. Joseph teaches classes on community practice. His fields of interest are urban poverty, community development, mixed-income development, and comprehensive community initiatives. In 2013 he launched the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities (NIMC) to serve as a central resource for research and information on creating and sustained mixed-income developments. His research and evaluation work includes mixed-income public housing transformations in Chicago, San Francisco, and Akron, Ohio. He is on the Urban Institute team conducting the national evaluation of the federal government’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative. The NIMC will provide a database on mixed-income developments across the country as well as a mixed-income library and periodic scans of the field (nimc.case.edu).
Joseph, M.L. and Chaskin, R. J. 2015. Integrating the inner city: The promise and perils of mixed-income public housing transformation. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
Joseph, M. L. 2013. Mixed-income Symposium Summary and Response: Implications for Antipoverty Policy. Cityscape, 15(2): 215-221.
McCormick, N., M L. Joseph, and R. J. Chaskin. 2012. The New Stigma of Relocated Public Housing Residents: Challenges to Social Identity in Mixed-income Developments. City and Community, 11(3): 285-308.
Chaskin, R. J. and M. L. Joseph. 2012. “Positive” Gentrification, Social Inclusion, and the “Right to the City” in Mixed-income Communities: Uses and Expectations of Space and Place. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 37(2): 280-302.
Joseph, M. L. 2011. Reinventing Older Communities Through Mixed-income Development: What are We Learning from Chicago’s Public Housing Transformation? In Neighborhood and Life Chances: How Place Matters in Modern America, 122-139. Harriet B. Newburger, Eugénie L. Birch, and Susan M. Wachter, eds. 122-139. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
Director, Knowledge Exchange and Learning, The World Bank, Washington, DC
Abha Joshi-Ghani is the Director for Knowledge Exchange and Learning (LLIKL) at the Leadership, Learning and Innovation Vice Presidency of the World Bank. Before joining LLI she headed the World Bank’s Global Urban Development Practice where she oversaw the World Bank’s work on Urban Policy and Strategy and Knowledge and Learning. She was also the Head of the Global Urbanization Knowledge Platform, a multi- partner initiative of the World Bank until 2012. She led the World Bank’s Urban Strategy in 2010.
Ms. Joshi-Ghani is the Vice-Chair of the Global Agenda Council on Urbanization of the World Economic Forum. She is also the co-editor of the forthcoming book “Rethinking Cities” with Professor Edward Glaeser. She has worked primarily on infrastructure finance and urban development at the World Bank. Her regional experience in the World Bank includes South and East Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Glaeser, Edward; Joshi-Ghani, Abha. 2013. The Urban Imperative: Toward Shared Prosperity. World Bank, Washington, DC.
Aisa Kirabo Kacyira
United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UN-Habitat
Dr. Aisa Kirabo Kacyira of the Republic of Rwanda is the Deputy Executive Director of UN-Habitat and United Nations Assistant Secretary-General providing critical leadership to promote sustainable cities and human settlements globally. Previously, Dr. Kacyira held various government positions including as Governor of the Eastern Province of Rwanda, Mayor of Kigali and an Elected Member of Parliament. Dr. Kacyira is also a former President of the Rwanda Association of Local Government Authorities, former President of the Eastern African Association of Local Government Authorities, and former Vice President of the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa.