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
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. During my years as a graduate student, I gained practical knowledge and inspiration to cultivate my aspirations. The institutional support of UAA and its unique culture of openness extend beyond its annual conferences to allow for an interactive space to exchange ideas that hold promise for creating more just and equitable cities.

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


Prentiss Dantzler PhD

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. Opportunities such as the Journal of Urban Affairs Scholar Development Program and the Graduate Student Workshops instill a sense of belonging and intentionality in training the next generation of urban scholars. Other milestones such as the plethora of UAA awards showcase a community of scholars and activists that illustrate exceptional work that transcends disciplines. Having served as a student and then panelist in the Graduate Student Workshops, I know firsthand how UAA has supported me to become an outlier – one who critically sees the world for what it is and who dreams of and works for what it could be.

Riley Scholar / Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
Colorado College

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