Inaugural Symposium Panelist: Todd Swanstrom
Todd Swanstrom is the Des Lee Professor of Community Collaboration and Public Policy Administration at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is the author of 25 scholarly articles and six books, including co-author of the prize-winning book, Place Matters: Metropolitics for the 21st Century (2005), which examines the relationship between urban decline and suburban sprawl.
Todd Swanstrom, Des Lee Professor
of Community Collaboration and
Public Policy Administration at the
University of Missouri-St. Louis
Recently, he has published articles on the prospects for alliances between central cities and distressed suburbs, economic segregation among municipalities, different ways of measuring poverty, and the development of a regional greenway in St. Louis.
His current research focuses on metropolitan approaches to equity and theories of regional network governance. He also is doing research on the responses to foreclosures in six metropolitan areas and efforts to open up construction jobs to women and minorities.
His books include: The Crisis of Growth Politics: Cleveland, Kucinich, and the Challenge of Urban Populism (Temple, 1985), Beyond the City Limits: Urban Policy and Economic Restructuring in Comparative Perspective (Temple, 1990) co-edited with John Logan, and City Politics: The Political Economy of Urban America, 5th ed. (Longman, 2006) co-authored with Dennis Judd.
He also co-authored, with a group of political scientists, Democracy at Risk: How Political Choices Undermine Citizen Participation, and What We Can Do About It (Brookings Institution Press, 2005) that examines how the structure of our metropolitan areas affects civic participation.
His latest book, co-edited with Clarissa Hayward, Justice and the American Metropolis, will be published by University of Minnesota Press in 2011.
His applied policy work includes serving as a neighborhood planner for the City of Cleveland and as staff director of Strategic Planning for the City of Albany.
Swanstrom has a master’s degree in political science from Washington University and a Ph.D. from Princeton University.