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David C. Perry, PhD, Professor

David Perry is a professor of Urban Planning and Policy in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He served for almost 12 years as Director of the Great Cities Institute (GCI) at UIC and the Associate Chancellor for the university’s Great Cities Commitment. He is now Senior Fellow at GCI.

Perry is the author or editor of twelve books, including two recently published volumes titled The Global University and Urban Development: Case Studies and Analysis and Universities as Urban Developers: Case Studies and Analysis, and over 150 articles, book chapters and reports on urban “anchor” institutions, urban and regional economic development policy, race, politics and urban violence, contested cities, public infrastructure and the production of urban space. He is presently working on two new books on the role of universities and community foundations in American cities, one to be published by the University of Illinois Press and one by Routledge. Perry’s work has appeared in such non-academic places at the New York Times, The Nation and Metropolis magazine. David is an equally experienced policy practitioner having worked with numerous community partners and having served on national and local public boards and commissions, including Chicago’s Zoning Reform Commission, the Urban Land Institute’s National Public Infrastructure Committee, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the Rudy Bruner National Award Selection Committee, the National Task Force on Anchor Institutions and the Strengthening Communities Strand of the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities of the Association of Public Land Grant Universities.

Professor Perry received his Ph.D. from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and went on to teach in the Government Department at the University of Texas at Austin and chaired the Urban Planning Program at the University at Buffalo. He also held the visiting Albert A. Levin Chair at Cleveland State University and was a senior faculty fellow of the State University of New York’s Rockefeller Institute. He is also listed as Professor of Public Administration and Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Research Interests

Urban political economy and theory of state; Spatial theory and urban planning; Urban finance, public infrastructure and governance; Regionalism and structures of governance

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HON 201 Honors College Seminar: Great Cities
UPP 501 Space, Place, and Institutions
UPP 583 Advanced Planning Theory
UPP 594 Building the Public City: Planning and Infrastructure
UPP 594 Contested Cities: Belfast, Chicago, Jerusalem

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Books (Selective)
The City Redefined (with Frank Gaffikin) (University of Illinois Press, forthcoming)

The University as Anchor Institution: From Enclave to Urban Institution (Routledge, forthcoming 2016). Author.

Here for Good: Community Foundations as Foundations of Community (Routledge, 2014). Co-Editor and author with Terry Mazany.

Global Universities and Urban Development: Comparative Perspectives (M.E. Sharpe and the Lincoln Institute, 2008). Co-Editor and author with Wim Wiewel.

The University as Urban Developer: Case Studies and Analysis (M.E. Sharpe, 2005). Co-Editor and author with Wim Wiewel.

Articles (Selective)
D. Perry and F. Gaffikin, “The Contemporary Urban Condition: Understanding the Globalizing City as Informal, Contested and Anchored,” Urban Affairs Review, (Spring, 2013)

D. Perry and W. Wiewel, “The University As Anchor: From Enclave to Urban Institution’” Urbanistica, (Fall, 2013)

D. Perry, “The Great Cities Commitment: Leadership, Resources, Rewards and the Identity of the Urban Research University,” Metropolitan Universities, (Fall, 2011).

F. Gaffikin and D. Perry, "Discourses and Strategic Visions : The U.S. Research University as an Institutional Manifestation of Neo-Liberalism in a Global Era” in American Educational Research Journal/ Social and Institutional Analysis (Nov, 2008)

Underlined name is “senior” author.

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