: APRIL/MAY 2005

Dear Friends of GCI,

This time of year is always a bittersweet one for those of us at the Great Cities Institute. April brings the announcement of the new Faculty Scholars for the coming year. This year we welcome seven distinguished researchers from six different disciplines or programs. And in May we say good bye to our present group of scholars, Benét DeBarry-Spence, Richard John, Maria Krysan, Sharon Mastracci, David Stovall, and Roger Weissberg, all of whom have added greatly to the tradition of engaged research here at GCI. Look forward in the coming weeks to working papers by each of these scholars on our website.

We also say congratulations and good-bye to our graduating students who, during their tenure at Great Cities, provided equal amounts of good research and spirited conversation. This year six graduate students from three different programs will be graduating and we wish them well.

Even though summer is almost here, we will be sponsoring research brown bags from resident fellows and visitors. Stay tuned for information on our summer lectures!



David Perry
Professor and Director



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The Great Cities Institute is pleased to announce the Faculty Scholars for 2005-2006!
Jennifer Brier, Asst. Prof., Dept. of Gender and Women’s Studies/Dept. of History
Infectious Ideas: AIDS and Urban Politics, 1980-2000

Xiangming Chen, Professor, Dept. of Sociology
Challenges to Regional and Local Governance: Globalization, Metropolitan Extension, and Value Chain Coordination in the Greater Shanghai Region

Kimberly Gomez, Asst. Prof., Curriculum and Instruction
Barrier or Building Block: Literacy as Gatekeeper or Vehicle for Educational Development in Adolescence

Elena R. Gutierrez, Asst. Prof., Dept. of Gender and Women’s Studies
The Reproductive and Sexual Health of Latinas in Chicago: A Community Assessment

John Hagedorn, Assoc. Prof., Dept. of Criminal Justice
Globalizing Gangs

Edison J. Trickett, Prof., Dept. of Psychology
Engaged Research and the Urban Context: Deconstructing the Concept and Developing its Potential

Congratulations to the following students who will be graduating this May! We truly appreciate the contributions they have made to the Institute and wish them all the best.

Marcus Davis , Masters of Urban Planning and Policy, Concentration in Physical Planning, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs  

Claire Gron , Masters in Urban Planning and Policy, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs

Dwan Kaoukji , Masters in Urban Planning and Policy, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs  

Gaurav Khurana , MBA (Double concentration- Finance and Accounting), Liautaud Graduate School of Business  

Andrea Limauro , Masters in Urban Planning and Policy, Concentration in Globalization and International Planning, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs  

Summaiya Malik , MBA - Finance & International Business, Liautaud College of Business Administration


Roger Weissberg, Faculty Scholar, was invited to give a presentation in March 2005 at the Harvard Graduate School of Education Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series. Professor Weissberg's talk focused on "Promoting Children's Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning."

Tom Lyons, GCI Senior Research Associate, presented a paper at the Society for Applied Anthropology annual meeting on April 6 in Santa Fe, NM. The paper, “Inside and Outside: Inmate and Former Inmate Perspectives on Drug Treatment", is based on research that is part of the Great Cities healthcare study led by Paul Goldstein, Faculty Fellow.

Richard R. John, Faculty Scholar, gave a paper on the popularization of urban telephony in January at the Chicago Urban History Seminar and in February at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Delaware. In March he gave a paper on the mystification of corporate identity at AT&T at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Later that month, he gave "Telephomania: The Contested Origins of the Urban Telephone Exchange in the United States, 1879-1894" at the Newberry Seminar on Technology, Politics, and Culture. His essay, "Private Enterprise, Public Good? Communications Deregulation as a National Political Issue, 1839-1851," has been translated into Italian.

Wm. Dustin Cantrell, Research Specialist, and Tom Lyons, Senior Research Associate, both presented at the Society for Applied Anthropology meetings in Santa Fe in April. Cantrell’s paper, “Medical Care and Drug Offenders: Effects of Court Ordered Treatment”, is based on data collected as part of the Healthcare Needs of Addicted Criminal Offenders project. Lyons’ paper, “Issues of Crime, Criminalization, and Incarceration” is also based on research for this project.

Louise Cainkar, Faculty Fellow, gave a presentation of her paper, “Interrogating the Trainer: Challenges to Democracy in the US, Implications for Democracy Promotion in the Arab World” in March at the 6 th Mediterranean Social and Political Research Meeting, Workshop on Democracy Promotion in the Arab Mediterranean at the European University in Florence, Italy. Louise will also be traveling to Amman , Jordan in May to train some Iraqi social scientists in Oral History Methodology for a Pilot Iraqi Oral History Project. Cainkar is also writing the study instrument (a questionnaire) and designing the pilot sample.

Nik Theodore, Director of the Center for Urban Economic Development, was quoted in the April 5, 2005 issue of the Salt Lake City Desert News and in the April 7, 2005 New York Times on the contributions of illegal immigrants to the Social Security system. The stories are available on line at http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,600123790,00.html and
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/05/business/05immigration.html?adxnnl=1, respectively.

Congratulations to David Perry, GCI Director, and Janet Smith, Faculty Scholar 1999-2000, who have both been elected to the board of the Urban Affairs Association.

Great Cities Institute graduate assistant Dwan Kaoukji was selected for one of the Provost's Awards for Graduate Research in this semester's competition.


Sharon H. Mastracci is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration, a 2004-2005 Faculty Scholar of the UIC Great Cities Institute, a member of the Faculty Advisory Board of the Center for Research on Women and Gender (CRWG), and a Faculty Affiliate at the Center for Urban Economic Development (CUED). Her work focuses on labor market outcomes for non-college populations and by gender, occupational segregation, non-traditional occupations for women, and impacts of economic and policy change on employment and wages. Her 2004 book, Breaking Out of the Pink Collar Ghetto: Policy Solutions for Non-College Women (M.E.Sharpe) examines federal government policies to increase women's participation in jobs where they are underrepresented.

David Stovall received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001 in Educational Policy Studies. Currently he is an Assistant Professor of Policy Studies in the College of Education . His research interests include Critical Race Theory, school and community relationships and social justice practice in education. Over the last two years he has been documenting the progression of a community driven education initiative in the neighborhoods of Little Village and North Lawndale . The process has resulted in his work on a design team for the Greater Lawndale/Little Village School of Social Justice.

Roger P. Weissberg is a Professor of Psychology and Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago and President of the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL). He has collaborated with schools for 30 years to implement and evaluate school-family programs to enhance children's positive development. He has published about 200 articles and books including: Prevention that Works for Children and Youth (2003), Safe and Sound: An Educational Leader's Guide to Evidence-based Social and Emotional Learning Programs (2003), and Building Academic Success on Social and Emotional Learning: What Does the Research Say? (2004). Weissberg has received many honors including the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Contribution Award for Applications of Psychology to Education and Training and the 2004 Society for Community Research and Action's Distinguished Contribution to Theory and Research Award.