Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs Faculty and Staff

Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs Faculty

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The Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs employs more than full-time faculty, as well as additional staff instructors and joint-appointed faculty members. Click on a faculty member's name to view biographical information.

Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs FACULTY

Roland V. Anglin
Dean and Professor
Ph.D. (Political Science), University of Chicago
Concentrations: Economic and Community Development

Jeffrey M. Bowen
Assistant College Lecturer in Organizational Leadership
MNO, Case Western Reserve University
Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE)
Concentrations:  Nonprofit Management, Organizational Leadership, Fundraising, Public Relations, Governance & Trusteeship

Grace L. Chikoto-Schultz
Associate Professor
Ph.D. (Public Policy), Joint Degree - Georgia State University and Georgia Institute of Technology
Teaching Focus: Nonprofit Management and Program Evaluation
Concentrations: Nonprofit Financial Health and Funding Streams, Nonprofit Disaster Preparedness, INGOs/CSO-state relations

Ronnie Dunn
Associate Professor
Executive Director, The Diversity Institute
Ph.D. (Urban Studies), Cleveland State University
Concentrations: Urban Sociology, Racial and Social Justice, Crime and The Criminal Justice System

BJ Fletcher
Visiting Assistant Professor
Ph.D. (Public Administration) University of Nebraska at Omaha
Concentrations: Public Policy, Food Policy, Food Security, Comparative Policy, Urban Studies, Public Administration Ethics, Qualitative Research Methods, Phenomenology, Quantitative Research Methods, Emergency Management, Social Determinants of Health.

Joanna P. Ganning
Associate Dean for Faculty Research, Development, and Administration, 
Associate Professor of Economic Development

Ph.D. (Regional Planning), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Concentrations: Economic development, GIS, shrinking/legacy cities, econometrics

Michelle Graff
​Assistant Professor
Ph.D. ​(Public Affairs), Indiana University
Concentrations: Energy Policy, Energy Justice, Public Administration, Administrative Burdens, Policy Analysis

Robert (Bob) Gleeson 
Professor, and Albert A. Levin Chair of Urban Studies and Public Service 
Ph.D. (History and Policy), Carnegie Mellon University

Tatyana Guzman
Associate Professor
Ph.D. (Public Affairs), Indiana University, School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA)
Concentrations: Public Finance and Policy Analysis, Education Policy Studies

Megan Hatch
Associate Professor
Ph.D. (Public Policy and Administration), George Washington University
Teaching Focus: Urban Policy and City Management
Concentrations: Social Policy, Inequality, Rental Housing

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. (Community and Regional Planning), University of Texas at Austin
Teaching Focus: Urban Sustainability, Land Use Planning, GIS
Concentrations: Scenario Planning, Planning Support Tools, Green Infrastructure, Urban Resilience
Assistant Professor of Practice
M.A., Nonprofit Administration, John Carroll University

Wendy A. Kellogg
Director, Master of Urban Planning and Development program
Professor, Urban and Environmental Planning
Ph.D. (City and Regional Planning), Cornell University
Concentrations: Environmental Planning and Policy, Urban Planning, Watershed Governance

Brian A. Mikelbank
Associate Professor
Ph.D. (Geography), Ohio State University
Concentrations: Urban Geography, Housing Markets, and Regional Analysis

Nisha Mistry
Assistant Professor of Practice

Beth Nagy
Assistant College Lecturer in Urban Planning Practice
Ed.D. (Urban Educational Leadership), University of Cincinnati
Concentrations: Physical Planning, Urban Studies, GIS

Robert Pfaff
Visiting Assistant Professor of Urban Studies
Ph.D. (Urban and Regional Planning) University of Michigan
Concentrations: Transportation, Race & Inequality, Planning History, Structural Racism, Regional Governance, Transit Policy, Rust Belt Cities
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Public Administration, University of North Texas, 2022 

Meghan Rubado
Associate Professor in Public Administration/City Management
Director, Master of Arts in Environmental Studies and Master of Science in Urban Studies programs
Ph.D. (Political Science), Temple University
Concentrations: Urban Policy and Politics, Collaborative Governance, Environmental Issues

Stephanie Ryberg-Webster
Associate Professor
Ph.D. (City and Regional Planning), University of Pennsylvania
Concentrations: Urban Planning, Historic Preservation, Community Development, and Neighborhood Revitalization

Robert A. Simons
Professor, Director, Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs
Ph.D. (City and Regional Planning), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Concentrations: Environmental Real Estate Economics, Planning

J Rosie Tighe (Rosie) 
Associate Professor
Ph.D. (Community and Regional Planning), University of Texas at Austin
Teaching Focus: Community and Neighborhood Development
Concentrations: Housing Policy, Race, Ethnicity, and Neighborhood Revitalization
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Winifred Weizer
Associate College Lecturer
Director, Undergraduate Programs

MPA, Cleveland State University

Clayton Wukich
Associate Professor
Director, Master of Public Administration program and Director, Master of Nonprofit Administration and Leadership program

Ph.D. (Public and International Affairs), University of Pittsburgh
Teaching Focus: Public Management and Public Policy
Concentrations: Organizational Theory, Innovation, and Behavior; Local Government Administration; Ethics in Government & Nonprofit Organizations

Nicholas Zingale
Director, Ph.D program
Associate Professor
Ph.D. (Public Administration), University of Akron
Concentrations: Public Management and Sustainability, Environmental Studies, Organizational Theory and Behavior


Jennifer Alexander
Associate Professor Emerita
Ph.D. (Public Administration and Policy) Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia
Concentrations: Public Administration Theory, Administrative Responsibility and Discretion, Political Role of Nonprofits (Citizenship, Advocacy, Policy Implementation), Public Budgeting, Ethics, Social Equity and Race

Virginia O. Benson
Associate Professor Emerita
Ph.D. (Geography), Kent State University
Concentrations: Land Development, Waterfronts, Historic Preservation

William M. Bowen
Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. (Regional Analysis and Planning), Indiana University at Bloomington
Concentrations: Decision Science and Computer Applications, Economic Development, Environmental Issues

Edward W. Hill 
Professor Emeritus and Former Dean
Ph.D. (Economics, Urban and Regional Planning), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1981
Concentrations: Public Policy and Education Reform, Regional Labor Markets, Economic Development Banking

Mittie Davis Jones 
Associate Professor Emerita 
Ph.D. (Political Science), Wayne State University
Concentrations: Program Evaluation, Public Policy Analysis, Urban Politics, Parent Empowerment, Children and Families

Sanda Kaufman 
Professor Emerita
Ph.D. (Public Policy Analysis), Carnegie Mellon University
Concentrations: Decision Making in Conflict Management, Environmental Issues

W. Dennis Keating
Professor Emeritus
Distinguished Scholar Community Development
Ph.D. (City and Regional Planning), University of California at Berkeley
J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School
Concentrations: Housing Policy, Urban Policy, Land Use Law, Neighborhood Planning

Lawrence F. Keller 
Associate Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. (Public Administration), American University
Concentrations: Public Policy and Public Administration

Larry Ledebur 
Professor Emeritus
Senior Fellow in Urban Center

Editor, Economic Development Quarterly
Ph.D. (Economics), Florida State University
Concentrations: Economic Development, Urban Economics

Helen Liggett 
Professor Emerita
Ph.D. (Political Science), University of Hawaii
Concentrations: Urban Theory, Discourse Analysis and Visual Culture and Photography

Deirdre Mageean

Nancy Meyer-Emerick 
Associate Professor Emerita
Ph.D. (Public Administration), Florida Atlantic University
Concentrations: Democratic Governance, Organizational Behavior, Emergency Preparedness, Environmental Health

Sylvester Murray 
Professor Emeritus
M.G.A., University of Pennsylvania; M.A. Eastern Michigan University
Concentrations: Urban Administration and Management

Wornie Reed 
Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. (Sociology) Boston University
Concentrations: Criminal Justice, Discrimination, Healthcare, Labor, Race, Social Policy

Michael W. Spicer
Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. (Public Administration), Ohio State University
Concentrations: Tax Compliance, Public Economies

Roberta Steinbacher 
Professor Emerita
Ph.D. (Social Psychology), St. Louis University
Concentrations: Social Policy, Gender/Sex Selection

Camilla Stivers 
Professor Emerita and Distinguished Scholar
Ph.D. (Public Administration and Policy), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Concentrations: Public Administration Theory, Feminist Theory, Non-Profit Management

Michael Tevesz 
Professor Emeritus
Senior Fellow in Urban Center
Special Assistant for Cultural Partnerships
Ph.D. Yale University
Concentrations: Geology for Urban Planners, Roles of Houses of Worship in Urban Neighborhoods

Michael Wells
Associate Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. (American History), Ohio State University
Concentrations: Historic Preservation, Sacred Landmarks



Michael Gates
Ph.D., University of Toronto

Miron Kaufman
Professor, Physics and Urban Studies
Ph.D. (Physics), Carnegie Mellon University
Concentrations: Quantitative Methods

Heidi Gorovitz Robertson
Professor of Environmental Studies, Director (Law) J.D./M.A. Environmental Studies Dual Degree Program
J.D. University of Wisconsin 
LL.M and J.S.D. Columbia University
Concentrations: Environmental Law, Regulation, Property Law, Urban Environmental Issues

Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs STAFF INSTRUCTORS

James M. Kastelic
Research Fellow/Lecturer
M.A. (Geography), Kent State University
Concentrations: Comprehensive Planning, Environmental Impact Analysis

Mark Salling 
Director, Northern Ohio Data & Information Service and Urban Fellow
Ph.D. (Geography), Kent State University
Teaching Focus: Urban Geography, Research Methods, GIS, Demography