For the 2020 UAA Governing Board election, there are 9 vacancies to be filled, therefore each voting member can vote for a maximum of 9 candidates. The minimum number of candidates a member can vote for is 1. In alphabetical order by surname, the nominees are:

Hélène BélangerHélène Bélanger
Université du Québec à Montréal

Hélène Bélanger is Professor in the Departement of urban studies and tourism at the University of Quebec in Montreal since 2006. She teaches undergraduate courses in urban planning and graduate courses in urban studies. Her research interests focus on housing and gentrification and on the impact of public spaces revitalization on their uses and users. She is co-editor of the recently published book “Perspectives critiques et analyse territoriale. Applications urbaines et regionales” (Critical Perspectives and Territorial Analysis. Urban and Regional Applications). Since 2017, she is the principal investigator of the Collective of research and action on habitat (CRACH) a collective founded by scholars, practitioners and housing advocacy groups for which she had received a partnership development grant from The Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC). CRACH’s mission is to develop research from a critical, feminist and intersectional perspective in order to support the right to housing, social justice and the rights of tenants. It also aims to promote collaborative research between researchers, practitioners and activists from academia and the community.

Hélène’s service to UAA includes chair for the Best JUA Paper (Published Article) Award Committee and member of the UAA Nominations Committee. Hélène has also organized a panel on “building more resilient communities” and had presented her papers at numerous UAA conferences.

Hélène seeks election to the Board to help develop policies and programs that increase access and participation to the annual conference for housing advocacy groups, practitioners and graduate students.


Margaret CowellMargaret Cowell
Virginia Tech

Margaret (Maggie) Cowell, PhD is Associate Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning at Virginia Tech. She teaches courses on economic development, urban economics, and public policy. Dr. Cowell previously worked as a Regional Economist for the Buffalo Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and is currently a faculty member and co-PI for Virginia Tech’s National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) program on Disaster Resilience and Risk Management. Dr. Cowell’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Kauffman Foundation, National Association of Counties, and the United States Economic Development Administration. She is the author of Dealing with Deindustrialization: Adaptive Resilience in American Midwestern Regions (Routledge 2014) and has published numerous peer-reviewed articles focused on economic resilience, economic restructuring, and economic development. She holds a Ph.D in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University, Master of Urban Planning from SUNY Buffalo, and B.A. in Urban Studies from Brown University.

Maggie’s service to UAA includes work on the UAA Best Article in the Journal of Urban Affairs Award Committee. She has presented numerous papers at the UAA conference and has organized panels on vacant properties and economic development.

Maggie seeks election to the Board to help increase conference opportunities for underrepresented graduate students and shape the professional development opportunities for emerging scholars.


Prentiss DantzlerPrentiss Dantzler
Georgia State University

Prentiss A. Dantzler is an Assistant Professor in the Urban Studies Institute at Georgia State University. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on public management and urban studies. His research focuses on urban poverty, race and ethnicity, housing policy and community development. His work has appeared in a number of academic journals including Housing Studies, Urban Affairs Review, and Sociology of Race and Ethnicity as well as popular media outlets such as The Huffington Post. Prior to Georgia State, Prentiss was an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Mellon Faculty Fellow at Colorado College. He also served as a Fulbright Scholar in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto during the Fall semester of 2019. Prentiss received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Public Affairs from Rutgers University – Camden, his M.P.A. from West Chester University and his B.S. in Energy Business and Finance from Penn State University.

Prentiss’ service includes his continued role as a facilitator for the UAA Professional Development Workshop for Graduate Students. He also has presented numerous papers at the annual UAA conference.

Prentiss seeks election to the Board to increase access to the UAA conference for undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented groups across disciplinary fields. He also is interested in developing mentoring and professional development initiatives for early and mid-career scholars as well as channels for public scholarship for members at large.


Akira Drake RodriguezAkira Drake Rodriguez
University of Pennsylvania

Akira Drake Rodriguez is a Joint Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design and School of Social Policy & Practice. Her research examines the politics of urban planning, or the ways that disenfranchised groups re-appropriate their marginalized spaces in the city to gain access to and sustain urban political power. Her manuscript, Deviants in Divergent Spaces: The Politics of Atlanta’s Public Housing, is under contract with the University of Georgia Press. She has presented a paper and/or organized a session at the Urban Affairs Association conference since her first attendance in 2012 (Pittsburgh).

Akira seeks election to the Board to advocate for and provide support to scholars without institutional support and affiliation, as well as scholars who are not working in the academy. She is also committed to increasing membership and board diversity across race, gender, institution, and ability. Her goal would be to institutionalize a mentorship program for underrepresented scholars at the conference.


Kitty Kelly EpsteinKitty Kelly Epstein
Holy Names University and Fielding Graduate University

Kitty Kelly Epstein is an academic, an author, the host of a radio show, and an urban activist.    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 staff, developing policies to address inequitable development, education, and participatory decision making. She hosts a show on urban issues and education on Pacifica radio station, KPFA – FM 94. 1 FM and she has written three books, A different view of Urban Schools:  Civil Rights, Critical Race Theory and Unexplored Realities (2nd edition) (2012); Organizing to Change a City (2012); and Changing Academia Forever (forthcoming 2020) about the pivotal student strike for Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University.

She was the 2013 recipient of the UAA-SAGE Marilyn Gittell Activist Scholar Lecture Series and Award. Since then she has served on the UAA Board and on several committees. She has also organized several panels, workshops and colloquy and has introduced a number of new members to UAA. She presented a paper at a meeting of UAA’s sister organization in Europe.

She is excited about expanding UAA membership and the work of its activist scholars. She is also interested in UAA’s new journal and in expanding the international work of the organization.


Arturo FloresArturo Flores
Universidad Anahuac

Arturo Flores teaches in the Faculty of Global Studies at the Masters in International Affairs at Anahuac University in Mexico City. His research interests are dedicated to the analysis of participatory mechanisms, as well as the implementation of accountable schemes and the development of innovative citizen participation models. He is currently the Director of the research project entitled Empowering Citizen-Oriented Smart City Innovation in Mexico (ECOSCIM) funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, Newton Fund and CONACYT Call CONACYT-ESRC 2018 Smart Cities in which Anahuac University and University of Bristol, United Kingdom participate (January 2019-June 2021). He served as a member of the Governing Board of the Urban Affairs Association and as Chairman of the International Affairs Committee between (2017-2020). His latest publication is Citizenship and Quality of Life, Debates, Challenges and Experiences around social development in Mexico and Latin America (2018).


Michael GlassMichael Glass
University of Pittsburgh

Michael Glass is a Senior Lecturer and the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Urban Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in infrastructure, urban and regional planning, and housing. His research focuses on regionalism and housing and has appeared in numerous journals including CITY, Regional Studies, and the International Journal of Housing Policy. He has also published two books: Performativity, Politics, and the Production of Social Space (Routledge, 2014) and Priced Out: Stuyvesant Town and the Loss of Middle-Class Neighborhoods (NYU Press, 2016). Michael received his PhD in Geography from Pennsylvania State University, and his Master’s degree in Geography from the University of Auckland (New Zealand).

Michael’s service to UAA includes work on the Best Book Award Committee, and served on the UAA Conference Organizing Committee for the 2012 Conference. He has presented several papers at the UAA conference and has organized panels on regional planning and infrastructure.

Michael seeks election to the Board to help the UAA’s strategic goal of fostering interdisciplinary scholarship on urban affairs. He also wants to contribute to enhancing the growth and significance of the Upsilon Sigma Honor Society.


Andrew GreenleeAndrew Greenlee
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Andrew J. Greenlee is an Associate Professor 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 examining the governance of spatial outcomes for public and subsidized housing participants, his recent work has focused on household recovery following forced displacement – particularly displacement due to natural and human disasters, urban renewal processes, and public housing transformation. 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 participated in sessions on gentrification and residential displacement, low-income housing policy, and housing theory. Andrew previously served for two terms on the Association’s Nominations Committee, and is currently completing his first term on the Governing Board where he chairs the Conference Policy Committee.

Andrew seeks reelection for a second term to continue work on fostering an inclusive and hospitable environment within Association activities and events.


Eva Kassens-NoorEva Kassens-Noor
Michigan State University

Eva Kassens-Noor is an Associate Professor in the School of Planning, Design, and Construction & Global Urban Studies at Michigan State University. As a gilded Lilly fellow, she teaches planning theory and ethics, autonomous futures, and extreme events. Her research focuses on urban transformation due to artificial intelligence, disasters, and ephemeral mega-events. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Urban Affairs, the Journal of the American Planning Association, and Transport Policy among others. She has worked across the world on sporting mega-events. Eva has received her PhD in Urban planning and Studies and her Master’s in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also holds a diploma from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Business Engineering.

Eva’s service to UAA has focused on work in the International Committee. Since 2010, she has presented regularly at UAA conferences, frequently organizing panels on the Olympics.

Eva seeks election to the Board to collaboratively develop UAA pathways for the next 50 years with UAA’s membership. To do so, she would like to help UAA’s presence grow by increasing access to UAA’s educational resources. She would like to foster a safe, equitable, and inclusive environment for UAA’s diverse members locally and globally.


Thomas VicinoThomas Vicino
Northeastern University

Thomas J. Vicino is Professor of Political Science, Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Associate Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. His research specializes in the political economy of cities and suburbs, focusing on issues of metropolitan development, housing, and demographic analysis. Thomas has published five books, including Cities and Suburbs: New Metropolitan Realities in the US. His articles appear in the Journal of Urban Affairs, Urban Affairs Review, Urban Studies, among others. 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.

Thomas has been a dedicated and active member of the Urban Affairs Association for 16 years. Currently, he is serving in his first term as a member of the Governing Board, in which he holds the position of Vice Chair. He also serves as an institutional representative. Previously, he served as the Treasurer of UAA and completed a 3-year term on the Finance Committee. He also chaired the Alma H. Young Emerging Scholar Award Committee as well as the Upsilon Sigma Honors Society Committee. Committed to growing our community of urban scholars, his service has focused on the professional development of the urban affairs field.

Thomas seeks to continue this service to grow and support the next generation of urban affairs scholars and support UAA’s membership and public engagement mission.


Lin YeLin Ye
Sun Yat-sen University

Lin Ye is a Professor and Associate Dean at School of Government, Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China. He teaches undergraduate, MPA and doctoral courses in urban management and regional governance. His research focuses on metropolitan development, urban politics, and governance issues. Lin received his MPA and PhD degree in urban and public affairs from University of Louisville, Kentucky and taught at Roosevelt University in Chicago from 2006 to 2010, where he was the president-elect for the American Society for Public Administration Chicago chapter.

Lin has served on the UAA international committee since 2015 and is on the UAA 50th anniversary committee. Lin is an editorial board member of JUA and co-organized the special issue on Urban Issues in the Asia and Pacific Rim in 2014. Lin participated in UAA conferences in the last 15 years and was a co-chair of the Asia and Pacific Rim special track. He is organizing a panel on Urbanization, Land, and Environment: The Chinese Context with a Global Perspective at the UAA 2020 conference. Lin brought together a Memorandum of Cooperation between UAA and School of Government at SYSU and co-organized two international conferences on urban and regional governance. Lin worked with EURA members on metropolitan research consortium. He currently serves at the board of the Chinese-American Association of Public Affairs.

Lin seeks election to the Board to help broaden UAA’s global horizon and develop comparative study and learning of urban affairs. He wishes to initiate an Asia and Pacific Rim branch of UAA.