The following are this year’s nominees for Governing Board in alphabetical order.

For the 2017 elections, there are 7 vacancies to be filled, therefore each voting member can vote for a maximum of 7 candidates. The minimum number of candidates a member can vote for is 1.

Yasminah BeebeejaunYasminah Beebeejaun is a Senior Lecturer at the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL, UK and has held lectureships at University of Manchester and University of the West of England, Bristol. She has held visiting fellowships at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign; the University of Illinois, Chicago; the University of Michigan; and the American Philosophical Society. She is a current member of the UAA Governing Board and Chair of the International Committee. The committee is working to strengthen links with other international scholarly associations. Yasminah’s teaching and research focuses on public participation and grassroots activism drawing upon interdisciplinary and comparative approaches. Her current research projects include investigating the development of the shale gas industry and opposition to fracking in the UK and Pennsylvania. Her publications have focused on community mobilization, constructions of race and ethnicity in planning, and feminist planning. She is the editor of The Participatory City (jovis, 2016) and has published articles in a range of journals including Environment and Planning C, The Journal of Urban Affairs, Planning Theory and Practice, Urban Studies, and the Community Development Journal.

Peter BurnsPeter F. Burns, professor of political science at Soka University of America, is finishing his first term on the Urban Affairs Association governing board. He has been a member of the Urban Affairs Association since 2001 and has presented a paper at every Urban Affairs Association Annual Meeting since that time, with the exception of the conference in Hawaii. Burns served as program chair of UAA’s 2013 annual meeting in San Francisco. He was a member of the program committee for the 2012 Meeting in Pittsburgh. Burns has chaired the UAA’s Alma Young Emerging Scholars Award Committee for the past two years and currently chairs the UAA’s ad hoc committee on institutional development. Burns is co-author of Reforming New Orleans: The Contentious Politics of Change in the Big Easy (with Matthew O. Thomas, Cornell University Press, 2015). Burns is the author of Electoral Politics Is Not Enough: Racial and Ethnic Minorities and Urban Politics (SUNY, 2006). Urban Affairs Review, Journal of Urban Affairs, and Urban Education, and the Journal of Ethnicity and Criminal Justice, among other places, have published his research on urban regimes and state government, criminal justice, economic development, and education policies, and rebuilding New Orleans. Burns has served as one of the editors of Urban Affairs Review since 2013.

Jonathan DaviesJonathan S. Davies is Professor of Critical Policy Studies and founding Director of the Centre for Urban Research on Austerity at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. Elected to the Governing Board in 2014, he has served on several UAA committees as member and Chair. He currently sits on the Publications Committee, Journal of Urban Affairs Strategic Development Committee and Journal of Urban Affairs Editorial Board. Professor Davies is best known for his research on governance. He currently leads a major international study of urban austerity governance in eight countries, funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council. Professor Davies has published widely on urban politics and the local state in the Journal of Urban Affairs and other leading urban journals, as well as in politics and public policy. He was honoured to receive the UAA award for Best Paper presented at the 33rd Annual Meeting in 2003 for his essay Partnerships versus Regimes. He co-edited the second edition of Theories of Urban Politics (2009) with David Imbroscio and his monograph Challenging Governance Theory was published by Policy Press in 2011. Jonathan Davies’s goal in standing for re-election to the Governing Board is to contribute to the leadership of the Association and further build on its growing international membership and influence. Further information about Professor Davies is available at the following links:, and

Kitty Kelly EpsteinKitty Kelly Epstein is an academic, an author, the host of a radio show, and an urban activist. She was the 2013 winner of the UAA-SAGE Marilyn Gittell Activist Scholar Lecture Series and Award, and since then she has continued to lead an “activist track” along with other UAA members. After earning her doctorate at U.C. Berkeley, she served on the faculty of Holy Names University and Fielding Graduate University. She led a thousand-person participatory action process for the incoming mayoral administration of former congressman Ron Dellums, and then served on his policy staff. She hosts a show on urban issues and education on Pacifica radio station, KPFA – FM and she has written two books, A Different View of Urban Schools: Civil Rights, Critical Race Theory and Unexplored Realities (Revised edition) (2012) and Organizing to Change a City (2012).

She helps to lead the Post Salon, a monthly Oakland gathering which initiated both the 90-day moratorium on rent increases and evictions and a change in city policy to make the employment of African-Americans on city-funded projects more likely. Kitty serves on the board of the Oakland Emiliano Zapata Street Academy and the Spanish Speaking Citizens Foundation. She has written many articles in academic journals and newspapers. She writes regularly for the Post News Group, a network of African-American newspapers. Kitty has presented academic papers and workshops in Norway, South Africa, Nicaragua, Jordan, Ethiopia, China, and other locations. Her current research interests include analysis of Oakland, California’s activist politics, the theoretical interplay of critical race theory and critical economic theory, and the relationship between racial policy barriers and the current U.S. teacher shortage.

Arturo FloresArturo Flores, PhD in Politics University of York (2003), is a leading citizen participation expert. Dr. Flores has provided consultancy services to diverse local governments, the federal congress and the senate on Mexico. At the international scale, he has developed—in recent years—valuable research on the way the participatory budget operates in several countries. For the last six years he has been teaching at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, as well as at Anahuac University at the post grad level. Currently he is the Citizen Participation Director of the Mexico City Electoral Institute. His most recent publication is entitled: Mexico City and its Participatory Budget: A Truly Empowering Process of Citizen Participation? (2016).

Andrew GreenleeAndrew J. Greenlee is Assistant Professor and the Tschangho John Kim Scholar in Urban and Regional Systems in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Andrew’s research lies at the intersection of housing policy, poverty, and social equity within cities and regions. His current research examines neighborhood and metropolitan opportunity structures through residential mobility processes. In addition to ongoing research on the influence of governance on spatial outcomes for public and subsidized housing participants, his recent work has focused on household recovery following residential relocation due to forced displacement – particularly displacement due to residential foreclosures, urban renewal processes, and public housing transformation. As an expert in housing policy, Greenlee has testified before the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Housing, and has provided technical assistance to fair housing advocates, states, and local governments. Andrew received a B.A. from Grinnell College, a M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from University of Iowa, and a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Policy from University of Illinois at Chicago. Andrew has been an active member of the Urban Affairs Association since 2008. During this time he has organized and/or participated in sessions on gentrification and residential displacement, low-income housing policy, and activist scholarship. Andrew has also served on the UAA Nominations Committee.

Alex SchwartzAlex Schwartz is Professor of Urban Policy at the New School, where he has been on the faculty since 1993. He served as chair of the New School’s graduate program in Urban Policy Analysis and Management from 2000 to 2012. Alex’s research focuses primarily on housing policy and community development. He is the author of Housing Policy in the United States (Routledge), now in its third edition. He is also the managing editor for North America for the international journal Housing Studies. He holds a PhD in Urban Planning and Policy Development from Rutgers University. Alex joined the UAA in 1994, and has attended nearly every UAA conference since then. His service to the UAA includes two stints as chair of the Best Article Award Committee, and membership in the Contribution to the Field of Urban Affairs Award Committee. He also helped organize a plenary session on the mortgage foreclosure crisis.

Thomas VicinoThomas J. Vicino is Associate Professor with joint appointments in the Department of Political Science and the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. He also serves as the Director of the Master of Public Administration Program and is affiliated with the Resilient Cities Lab. He teaches at the graduate level in the MPA Program and the Master of Urban and Regional Policy Program. At the undergraduate level, he teaches in the political science major and the urban studies minor. Dr. Vicino’s research specializes in the political economy of cities and suburbs, focusing on issues of metropolitan development, housing, and demographic analysis. He is the author of four books, including: Suburban Crossroads: The Fight for Local Control of Immigration Policy (2013) and Transforming Race and Class in Suburbia: Decline in Metropolitan Baltimore (2008) and co-author of Global Migration: The Basics (2014) as well as the bestselling book Cities and Suburbs: New Metropolitan Realities in the US (2010). His articles appear in Urban Affairs Review, Urban Geography, Urban Studies, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, among others. He has been an active member of the Urban Affairs Association for over a decade. He serves as the institutional representative, and previously served a 3-year term on the Finance Committee and chaired the Alma H. Young Emerging Scholar Award committee. He holds a PhD and MPP in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a BSc in Political Science from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.

Ann WilliamsonAnne R. Williamson is the Victor and Caroline Schutte/Missouri Professor of Urban Affairs in the Department of Public Affairs of the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She also serves as the Director of the L. P. Cookingham Institute for Urban Affairs at UMKC. Anne previously served on the faculties of The University of Alabama, The University of Texas-San Antonio, and the University of Florida. As a candidate for the UAA Governing Board, Anne brings a blend of public- and private-sector management experience that complements her work as an urban scholar. An expert in housing policy, community development, citizen participation, and public budgeting, Anne has published in journals such as Urban Affairs Review, Social Science Quarterly, and others. She has also led public service outreach projects resulting in more than 20 externally funded projects and provided expert testimony on housing discrimination in U.S. Federal Court. Anne is committed to bridging the worlds of scholarship and practice in urban affairs.