: February/March 2005

Dear Friends of GCI,

In March the Great Cities Faculty Peer Committees will be meeting to make final decisions for the 2005/06 Great Cities Faculty Scholar Awards and the Great Cities Faculty Seed funds. The work of the committees is central to the university-wide research program of the Great Cities Commitment.

In March the Great Cities Faculty Peer Committees will be meeting to make final decisions for the 2005/06 Great Cities Faculty Scholar Awards and the Great Cities Faculty Seed funds. The work of the committees is central to the university-wide research program of the Great Cities Commitment.

We will be co-hosting, along with four other local universities, the national meeting of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development COPC conference on university-community partnerships on April 21-23. Nacho Gonzalez, Associate Director of the Neighborhoods Initiative and a Fellow here at GCI is helping coordinate the meeting. We hope to see all the readers of the “Monthly” at the conference. Please call GCI and ask for Nacho. We will be happy to help make arrangements for your participation.

We also hope you will attend GCI faculty seminars this month, especially the one March 29 presented by Sociologist and GCI Faculty Scholar Maria Krysan on the major “Chicago Project” on race.


David Perry
Professor and Director



Online Certificate in Nonprofit Management Courses . March course offerings include "Strategic Management for Nonprofit Organizations," and "Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations," held from March 17- April 20, 2004.
For more information on the program, please visit http://cnm.cuppa.uic.edu
or contact Katie Kaminski at katiek@uic.edu .

UIC's Center for Urban Economic Development has a newsletter that highlights may of their accomplishments and research. The newsletter can be viewed by visiting the website http://www.uic.edu/cuppa/uicued and clicking on “Working Chicago”.


Laurie Schaffner, Faculty Scholar 2003-2004, has co-edited a book, Regulating Sex: The Politics of Intimacy and Identity, along with Elizabeth Bernstein, that was published by Routledge, 2005.

Eric Welch has had numerous articles accepted for publication based on his research as a GCI Faculty Scholar (2003-2004). These include: “Intranet Technology and Red Tape: Interactive Effects of Online Information Quality, Technology Implementation and Excessive Bureaucratization”, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (with S. Pandey); “Virtual Interactivity between Government and Citizens: the Chicago Police Department’s Citizen ICAM Application”, Political Communication (with S. Fulla); ”Linking Citizen Satisfaction with e-Government with Trust in Government”, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (with C. Hinnant and J. Moon); “Scrutinizing Stereotypes: Determinants of Managerial Perceptions of Red Tape and its Implications for Public Management”, Administration and Society (with S. Pandey); “Same Bed, Different Dreams?: A Comparative Analysis of Citizen and Bureaucrat Perspectives on E-government”, Review of Public Personnel Administration (with J. Moon); Organizational Determinants of Perceived Website Effectiveness in Public Agencies’ (2005), HICSS-37 IEEE Conference Proceedings, Hawai'i International Conference on System Sciences (with D. Coursey and S. Pandey) and; “What Drives Global E-governance: An Exploratory Study at a Macro Level” (2005), HICSS-37 IEEE Conference Proceedings, Hawai'i International Conference on System Sciences (with J. Moon & W. Wong).

Steve Jones , Faculty Scholar 2002-2003 has published a paper, “Infostructures, the Internet and Urban Planning”. The full version can be viewed at http://www.comm.uiuc.edu/icr/interfacings/JonesInfostructures61504.pdf

Louise Cainkar , Faculty Fellow, was part of the planning committee for a conference, “Patient-Centered Health Care for Muslim Women in the United States ”, March 4-5, 2005 at the UIC Chicago Illini Union.

Nacho Gonzalez (Faculty Fellow), Laxmi Ramasabriminian , Asma Ali and Amanda Eichelkraut have had an article accepted for publication by the Journal on Higher Education and Management , entitled “Organizing Partnerships for Sustainable Community Economic Development: Lessons Learned from the University of Illinois at Chicago Neighborhoods Initiative”.

Tom Lyons , a researcher at GCI, is quoted in an Associated Press story on the spread of crystal methamphetamine use in US cities. Lyons has been conducting a study of the health effects of meth on various population groups. The story is available online at: http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/nation/10749771.htm?1c

Dwan Kaoukji , second year MUPP student, will be presenting a paper, “The Effectiveness Of Revitalizing Urban Centers On Population Displacement In Lebanon, at the Eigth Sharjah Urban Planning Symposoum in Sharjah , United Arab Emirates , April 3-5, 2005 . The website for the conference is http://www.sups-city.org/sups8/index.htm

Michael Pagano , Faculty Fellow, was the keynote speaker at the 10th Annual Midwest Regional Public Finance Conference in Wichita , Kansas . The title of his talk was "Trends in Local Government Fiscal Condition".

Faculty scholar spotlight:

Maria Krysan (Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1995) is an Associate Professor of Sociology. As a social psychologist interested in race relations, her research centers on racial attitudes and residential segregation. With respect to her general interest in racial attitudes, she is a co-author (with H. Schuman, L. Bobo and C. Steeh) of a book that examines trends over time in white and black racial attitudes and has created a website that updates the data from that book ( http://tigger.cc.uic.edu/~krysan/racialattitudes.htm ). Her work on racial attitudes also includes an examination of trends in attitudes toward affirmative action in, and a review and critical assessment of the factors underlying racial policy attitudes. She was co-editor of the recently published, Changing Terrain of Race and Ethnicity (Russell Sage Foundation, 2004).

With respect to residential segregation, Krysan's research focuses on understanding if and how racial attitudes—and, in particular, racial residential preferences—contribute to the persistent patterns of segregation that characterize much of the U.S. urban landscape. Taking as a starting point the finding that whites prefer few African American neighbors and African Americans prefer high densities of African Americans in their neighborhoods, she extends the research on racial residential preferences by examining the foundation of these preferences. Specifically, whereas some have argued that such preferences are derived from neutral ethnocentrism—the benign desire of all to live around their “own kind”—her studies highlight the role of racial prejudice and racial stereotyping among whites and concerns about racial discrimination and intimidation among African Americans in shaping these preferences. This research has clear policy implications, for if the source of residential preferences is a benign “ethnocentrism” among all groups to segregate themselves, then there are few policy implications—and, indeed, recent Supreme Court rulings have concluded as much (Freeman vs. Pitts, 1992). By contrast, if racial attitudes (both white prejudice and stereotypes and concerns about racial discrimination among African Americans), under gird these preferences, then there are clear policy steps necessary to address discrimination in the array of institutions involved in the housing market, from individual homeowners to the real estate, mortgage, and insurance industries.

Most recently, Krysan, along with several collaborators at UIC (Phillip Bowman, Cedric Herring, and Tyrone Forman) and the University of Michigan (Reynolds Farley and Mick Couper), has undertaken a large scale face-to-face survey of residents in the Chicago and Detroit metropolitan areas. The project examines issues of racial residential segregation in these two metropolises, focusing on enhancing our understanding of the micro-level decisions about housing, and how they are influenced by race and/or racial attitudes. The NSF-funded study incorporates several substantive and methodological innovations intended to disentangle some of the current controversies regarding racial residential preferences and racial attitudes, insofar as they influence large-scale residential segregation in these two revitalizing Rust Belt metropolises.