For the 2020 UAA Governing Board election, there are three (3) vacancies to be filled, therefore each voting member can vote for a maximum of three (3) candidates. The minimum number of candidates a member can vote for is 1. In alphabetical order by surname, the nominees are:


Jonathan Davies
De Montfort University (United Kingdom)

Jonathan Davies is the founding Director of the Centre for Urban Research on Austerity and Professor of Critical Policy Studies at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. He researches urban governance and public policy from a state-theoretical perspective, recently leading a major global study of austerity, resistance and transformation since the Global Economic Crisis. Jonathan’s resulting monograph Between Realism and Revolt: Governing Cities in the Crisis of Neoliberal Globalism will be published by Bristol University Press in spring 2021.

Professor Davies has been a UAA member since 2002 and attended all but one annual conference since first joining. He has previously served on the UAA Governing Board and several committees, most recently as current member and past Chair of the Publications Committee. As Chair, Jonathan contributed to establishing UAA’s new Journal of Race, Ethnicity and the City and led the editorial selection process. Professor Davies received the UAA award for Best Conference Paper presented at the 33rd Annual Meeting in 2003 for his essay Partnerships versus Regimes: Why Regime Theory Cannot Explain Urban Coalitions in the UK.

Professor Davies’ goal in standing for a further term is to enhance the international reach of the Governing Board, contribute to leadership of the Association and further build UAA’s burgeoning global membership and influence. Further information about his research and teaching can be found at and

Clarissa Freitas
Federal University of Ceara (Brazil)

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Clarissa Freitas is a scholar in the field of Urban Planning affiliated to Federal University of Ceará (UFC) in Fortaleza, Brazil. Professor Freitas works at the intersection of political economy of urbanization and urban design policies. Recently she has been researching on the challenges that informal settlements pose to planning policies, Planning Theory and Spatial Justice. Since 2018, she holds the position of academic coordinator of the Graduate Program of Architecture, Urbanism and Design at UFC. She holds a master degree in Urban and Regional Planning in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) supported by a Fulbright fellowship (2003) – where she returned as a visiting scholar in 2015 -, and a PhD degree in Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Brasilia (UNB).

She has participated in the UAA community since 2014, having attended most of the conferences in the period. She has served in several award committees, organized and moderated conference sessions and also contributed to the Journal of Urban Affairs. Between 2016 and 2019 she has served as Board Member.

She seeks to be elected to the Board to help develop policies capable of increasing access of researchers and students in the Global South to UAA conferences, journals and activities. She also want to foster UAA’s activist research community towards international urban affairs.

Elsie Harper-Anderson
Virginia Commonwealth University (United States)

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Elsie Harper-Anderson is an Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and Director of the Ph.D. Program in Public Policy and Administration at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her research examines the impact of macroeconomic transformation on regional economies and urban labor markets with a focus on social equity. Her recent work focuses on entrepreneurial ecosystems and their impact on building inclusive, equitable economies. She also studies the connection between workforce development and economic development in urban areas. Dr. Harper-Anderson earned her Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.S. in Public Management and Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. She serves on the advisory board for the City of Richmond’s Office of Community Wealth Building. Prior to academia, her work involved evaluating and administering economic development, workforce development, and housing programs at the local, state, and federal levels.

Elsie has served on the UAA Governing Board since 2018.  She was elected to the Executive Committee as Secretary in April of 2020.  She also served as Chair of the Membership Committee for two years. Elsie has been an active participant in UAA conferences since 1994.

Dr. Harper-Anderson seeks reelection to continue her work along with the rest of the governing board strengthening and evolving UAA to meet the needs of urban scholars and practitioners across the globe.  She is particularly invested in UAA’s efforts to improve access to resources and training for marginalized urban scholars as well as the association’s other social justice and equity-related initiatives.

Derek Hyra
American University (United States)

Derek Hyra is an associate professor and founding director of the Metropolitan Policy Center in the School of Public Affairs at American University. His research focuses on neighborhood change, urban politics, and race. Derek is the co-editor of Capital Dilemma: Growth and Inequality in Washington, DC (Routledge 2016), and author of The New Urban Renewal: The Economic Transformation of Harlem and Bronzeville (University of Chicago Press 2008) and Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City (University of Chicago Press 2017). He is working on his fourth manuscript, Roots of the Riots: Race, Policy, and Neighborhood Inequality (University of California Press). Derek’s research has been showcased in academic journals such as Journal of Urban Affairs, Urban Affairs Review, and Urban Studies, as well as popular media outlets including the British Broadcasting Corporation, C-SPAN, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and B.A. from Colgate University.

Derek has served UAA in a variety of ways over the years. He served on the UAA Annual Conference Local Host (Washington, DC) Committee from 2018-2020, and twice on the Nominations Committee from 2012-2013 and 2018-2019, in addition to the Membership Committee from 2013-2015. He considers UAA his intellectual home and has been a member since 2005.

Derek would like to assist UAA in broadening its membership base both domestically and abroad, while also helping advance the efforts of UAA members promoting social justice and equitable development.

Paul Jargowsky
Rutgers University – Camden (United States)

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Paul Jargowsky is Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Center for Urban Research and Education at Rutgers University – Camden. He is also a fellow at the Century Foundation and was a 2016-2017 Fellow at Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. His research concerns the spatial dimensions of inequality – segregation by race and class and the concentration of poverty. He teaches graduate classes in social policy, segregation and inequality, and quantitative methods. He received his PhD in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government.

Jargowsky has attended UAA annual meetings regularly since the 1990s. His book Poverty and Place won the first UAA Best Book in Urban Affairs Award and his article “Suburban Development and Economic Segregation in the 1990s” (with Rebecca Yang) was chosen as the Best Article in JUA in 2006. He has served on the Best Book and the Best JUA article committees, as well as the By-Laws Committee. He currently serves on the Governing Board and was elected Treasurer in 2020.

In a second term on the Governing Board, Jargowsky would like to help UAA adapt to the new realities of academic organizations in a post-Covid world. He feels UAA must find new and innovative ways to serve its members and to help urban researchers disseminate their research and influence policy development.

Kathe Newman
Rutgers University – New Brunswick (United States)

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Kathe Newman, Professor, is Program Director of the Urban Planning and Policy Development Program at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and Director of the Ralph W. Voorhees Center for Civic Engagement at Rutgers University. She teaches undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students in the areas of community development, community engaged research and planning, and social theory. Kathe holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Graduate School and University Center at the City University of New York. Her research interests include housing finance, gentrification, foreclosure, community food security, and urban political economy. She has published articles in Urban Studies, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Urban Geography, Urban Affairs Review, Urban Geography, Shelterforce, Progress in Human Geography, Housing Studies, GeoJournal, and Environment and Planning A. She is an associate editor at Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space.

Kathe has been a member of UAA since the mid-1990s. She has chaired the conference program committee; sat on a number of committees including the Activist Scholar Award and the Best Book Award Committee and is currently on the finance committee; served on the board, and mentored graduate students at the first two UAA pre-conference student events.

Kathe seeks a seat on the board to work with UAA to expand opportunities for graduate students and junior faculty such as year-round mentoring and to strengthen institutional UAA memberships and relations.

Jocelyn Taliaferro
North Carolina State University (United States)

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Dr. Jocelyn DeVance Taliaferro is an Associate Professor in the North Carolina State University School of Social Work. Dr. Taliaferro’s research interests include teaching using contemporary television and Black women’s mental health. Her work appears in the Journal of Child and Family Social Work, Journal of Policy Practice, and Education and Urban Society. She recently completed a co-edited book on teaching social policy using the HBO special The Wire. She currently serves as Principal Investigator for the Opioid Workforce Expansion Program, a $1.3M grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration. Dr. Taliaferro has served the NC State School of Social Work as faculty as well as Director of the Graduate Program (DGP), Director of Field Instruction, and Interim Associate Department Head. She teaches grant writing and program development, social work administration, and research methods. In addition to her work in academia, she spent more than 25 years in the field of social work and nonprofit administration. Dr. Taliaferro has been an active member on several nonprofit boards of directors in Washington DC, Maryland, Delaware, and North Carolina.

Dr Taliaferro has served UAA as Program Committee member (2010), Program Committee Co-Chair (2011), Member of the Governing Board (2010-2016) including Secretary-Treasurer 2011-2013 and Vice Chair (2013-2015).

If elected to the board, Dr. Taliaferro will focus her efforts on the continued professionalization of the board including succession planning, young scholar recruitment as well as increasing the representation of urban scholars that identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color.

Rosie Tighe
Cleveland State University (United States)

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Rosie Tighe is an associate professor in the department of Urban Studies in the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. She was previously an assistant professor in the department of Geography and Planning at Appalachian State University. She holds a PhD in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s Degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University. She has published research on affordable housing, gentrification, segregation, “shrinking” cities, as well as co-edited The Affordable Housing Reader and Legacy Cities: Continuity and Change amid Decline and Revival. Dr. Tighe’s work focuses on issues related to affordable housing, social justice, and equitable development, and attempts to achieve two main goals:
1.To bridge the gap between academic research and practice through sound research methods and data analysis techniques; and
2.To promote a greater emphasis on and understand of racial and class equity among researchers, policy-makers, and planners.

Rosie has been a member of UAA since she was a doctoral student – nearly 15 years at this point, and has served on the UAA board for one term.

She seeks to ensure that the organization continues to be a powerful voice promoting gender and racial equity in the academy while becoming more diverse and inclusive in its membership and agenda.