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David C. Perry


Great Cities Institute

David Perry is the Director of the Great Cities Institute and Professor of Urban Planning and Policy in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also serves as Associate Chancellor for the university's Great Cities Commitment. The Great Cities Institute is a university-wide research center, and, as a core element of UIC's Great Cities Commitment, it has attracted well over 150 faculty from 35 disciplines from UIC , the nation and the world to study cities from an engaged research perspective.

Perry is the author or editor of ten books, including two recently published volumes titled The Global University and Urban Development: Case Studies and Analysis and Universities as Urban Developers, and over 100 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. 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, most recently, Chicago's Zoning Reform Commission, the Urban Land Institute's National Public Infrastructure Committee, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Rudy Bruner Award Selection Committee.

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 chair 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.

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