The benefits of being a member

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A welcoming & multidisciplinary community

UAA currently has over 700 members. Our membership consists of faculty, graduate students, academic programs, public/nonprofit sector practitioners, and independent researchers/consultants. These members are drawn from over 20 major academic disciplines including all social sciences and policy and administration studies.

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Professional support & recognition

  • Tailor-made workshops for graduate students and early career professionals addressing key topics (e.g. getting that first job, publishing)
  • Competitive awards
  • Professional service and leadership opportunities

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What People are Saying

Amy Khare PhD

Recent Graduate Student, University of Chicago
Researcher, Policy Consultant, & Adjunct Faculty

Inclusive. Responsive. Cross-Disciplinary. Progressive. These are just a few of the characteristics that UAA embodies. More than an academic association, the leadership and staff within UAA create a community among a variety of professionals: established scholars, policy researchers, activists, local practitioners, and others. (more…)


Prentiss Dantzler PhD

Riley Scholar / Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Colorado College

The Urban Affairs Association creates an environment in which scholars and practitioners can come together to inspire agents of social change. The mentorship, professional development and educational opportunities are unparalleled as junior and senior faculty members engage in a diverse array of intentional activities designed to foster meaningful scholarship and action within the field of urban affairs. (more…)

Professional Development