Friday, February 6, 2015

From our January 2015 issue: Adrift at the Margins of Urban Society What Role Does Neighborhood Play?

    1. George Galster1
    2. Anna Maria Santiago2
    3. Jessica Lucero3
    1. 1Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA
    2. 2Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA
    3. 3Utah State University, Logan, UT, USA
    1. George Galster, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Wayne State University, 656 W. Kirby St., Detroit, MI 48202, USA. Email:


    We quantify how social detachment (measured as neither working nor attending school) of low-income African-American and Latino young adults relates to their teen neighborhood conditions. Data come from retrospective surveys of Denver Housing Authority (DHA) households. Because DHA household allocation mimics quasirandom assignment to neighborhoods throughout Denver County, this program represents a natural experiment for overcoming geographic selection bias. Our multilevel, mixed-effects logistic analyses found significant relationships between neighborhood safety and population composition and odds of social detachment of low-income, minority young adults that can be interpreted as causal effects. The strength of these relationships was often contingent on gender and ethnicity, however. We draw conclusions for macroeconomic, income-support, subsidized housing and community development policy.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Welcome New Editorial Board Members: Yue Zhang, Alicia Ziccardi

Yue Zhang is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received her Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University. Her principal research interest is comparative urban politics, urban governance, and urbanization in developing countries. She is the author of The Fragmented Politics of Urban Preservation: Beijing, Chicago, and Paris

Alicia Ziccardi has a PhD in Economics (National Autonomous University of Mexico- UNAM), and is a researcher at the Institute for Social Research- UNAM, member of the National System of Researchers and the Mexican Academy of Sciences. She is currently the Director of the University City Studies Programme – UNAM, and author and coordinator of several books and journal articles on urban poverty, social exclusion, urban policy, citizen participation, governability and local governments. 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Welcome New Editorial Board Members: Jessica Trounstine, Ron Vogel, Mildred Warner

Jessica Trounstine is Associate Professor of Political Science at University of California, Merced. She studies representation, elections, political parties, and public goods distributions at the local level in the United States. Trounstine uses both quantitative and qualitative evidence in her research and focuses on inequality across different political dimensions. She is the author of Political Monopolies in American Cities: The Rise and Fall of Bosses and Reformers (University of Chicago Press) and has published numerous articles in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of PoliticsAmerican Politics Research, Urban Affairs Review, and Political Research Quarterly. She earned her PhD in 2004 from the University of California, San Diego and served as an Assistant Professor at Princeton University prior to moving to UC Merced.

Ronald K. Vogel is Professor of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. He serves on the Governing Board of the Urban Affairs Association and heads the Comparative Urban Politics group in the American Political Science Association.

Mildred Warner is a Professor of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University. Her work focuses on local government service delivery (privatization and inter-municipal cooperation), devolution and state-local relations, and economic development policy. She explores geographic disparity in service delivery and public finance across the urban to rural spectrum.