Blog Archives

Keith Lucas



1984 – 1986 – Master of Urban Planning, University at Buffalo, State University of New York

1977 – 1981 – Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design, University at Buffalo, State University of New York



Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency

2011 – Present

Planning Director

– Supervise staff of 10 professionals providing community development, capital improvements, and GIS services. Responsible for neighborhood planning, demographic and geographic analysis, and implementation and maintenance of database dashboard.

– Oversaw development of Housing Opportunity Strategy, a market-focused approach to identifying opportunities within city neighborhoods. Used strategy to assist with securing properties at in rem foreclosure auction for renovation and sale to first-time homeowners.

– Prepared land use plan and homestead plan for Buffalo Green Code. Assisted with public engagement through open houses and stakeholder meetings. Provided input on Unified Development Ordinance and Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan.

– Coordinated Brownfield Opportunity Area for Buffalo Harbor, Buffalo River Corridor, and Tonawanda Street Corridor. Managed consultants and reviewed work products, gave presentations at public meetings, and organized submissions for state review and approval.

– Oversaw Community Development Block Grant and Emergency Solutions Grant programs. Prepared five-year Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plans outlining expenditure of federal funding; partnering with county on first-ever regional Assessment of Fair Housing.

– Prepared and secured grants from LISC for zombie relief, Enterprise for CitiesRISE, and NYS Affordable Housing Corporation for acquisition-rehab program.


Seneca Nation  Community Planning & Development Department



– Supervised 24-person staff responsible for economic development, emergency management, engineering, transportation, and GIS. Worked with division managers to prepare annual work plans, budgets, and monthly activity and financial reports. Developed and implemented projects at request of executives and councilors.

– Provided pre-development planning and programming for over $100 million in bond projects, including Seneca Allegany Administration Building, and recreational, community service, and public safety facilities.

– Managed consultants and stakeholder involvement on needs assessment and master planning for pre-school expansions and elder care facilities

Project Manager

– Coordinated market analyses and site selection for Seneca Niagara, Seneca Allegany, and Seneca Buffalo Creek Casinos; representing over $500 million in capital investments in gaming, entertainment, and hospitality.

– Oversaw adaptive reuse of Thomas Indian School Infirmary Building, a vacant structure listed on National Register of Historic Places; led desig team and contractors to complete remediation and renovation on-schedule and within budget.


University at Buffalo


Research Associate

– Provided technical support for University Community Initiative, an effort to stabilize and transform city and suburban neighborhoods surrounding UB’s Main Street Campus.

– Prepared market analysis for successful housing subdivision on William Price Parkway; authored report on Erie County housing market trends.

– Conducted demographic and survey research; developed regional population projections in advance of 2000 Census; assessed impact of proposed library consolidation on community.

– Created and maintained Geographic Information System and website; wrote and edited research papers, academic publications and newsletters.


Lower West Side Development Corporation


Executive Director

– Managed staff of non-profit community development agency; secured and administered grants; handled corporate finances and investments; oversaw acquisition and rehabilitation of vacant housing, including project featured on 2 Your Home.

– Prepared neighborhood revitalization strategy; monitored activities in Allentown and West Village Historic Districts.



American Institute of Certified Planners




UB School of Architecture and Planning


Adjunct Professor


Beth Kwiatek

330 Hayes Hall
UB South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214

It was in 1989 as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger, Africa that Beth Kwiatek realized the racial inequities that determined and defined the U.S’s capitalism and global imperialism. And, that as a white American, she has cultural, political, and economic advantages. That experience continues to inform her work as a social justice worker and writer. In 1996 she earned an MSW from UB. She has worked as a social justice worker, an adjunct instructor teaching courses on whiteness and feminist theory, and as a freelance writer. Her publications include a personal narrative, a memoir, and op-ed pieces for various newspapers. Kwiatek worked with artist Diane Kahlo of Lexington, Kentucky, to design and edit the catalog for Kahlo’s traveling exhibit about missing and murdered women in Juarez, Mexico, titled, “Wall of Memories”. She titled her blog 

Lori Martin

106 Stubbs Hall & 239 Stubbs Hall
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
225.578.5814 & 225.578.1785


2006 – PhD (Sociology). University at Albany, State University of New York
Dissertation Topic: Income Rich Asset Poor: Race, Ethnicity and Wealth Inequality in America

2002 – Certificate in Demography. University at Albany, State University of New York

1998 – M.S. (Applied Public Affairs). University at Buffalo, State University of New York
Thesis Topic: Directory of Ministries in Central Harlem

1996 – B.A. (Sociology).  Fordham University, Bronx, New York



Race and Ethnicity


Black Ethnicity

Wealth Inequality and Asset Poverty

Race and Sports



Associate Professor

Sociology Department/African and African American Studies Department

Louisiana State University

August 2013 – Present


Assistant Professor

Africana Studies Department

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

August 2006 – August 2013





Martin, Lori Latrice. In Press.  White Sports/Black Sports: Racial Disparities in Athletic Programs. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishers.

Fasching-Varner, Kenneth, Albert, Katrice, Rema Reynolds, and Lori Latrice Martin.  2014.  Trayvon Martin, Race, and American Justice: Writing Wrong. Senses Publishers.

Martin, Lori Latrice. 2014. Editor. Out of Bounds: Racism and the Black Athlete. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishers.

Martin, Lori Latrice. 2013. Black Asset Poverty and the Enduring Racial Divide.  Boulder, CO: First Forum Press, a Division of Lynne Rienner Publishers.

Martin, Lori Latrice. 2009. Income Rich Asset Poor. Dubuque, IA:  Kendall/Hall Publishers.



Articles in peer-reviewed academic journals:

Fasching-Varner, Kenneth, Mitchell, Roland, Martin, Lori Latrice, and Karen Benton-Haron. “Beyond School-to-Prison Pipeline and Toward an Educational and Penal Realism.” Equity & Excellence in Education. Vol. 47 No. 4 (2014), pp. 410-429.

Martin, Lori Latrice, Fasching-Varner, Kenneth, Quinn, Molly, and Melinda Jackson.  Racism, Rodeos, and the Misery Industries of Louisiana. Journal of Pan African Studies.  Vol. 7 No. 6 (2014), pp. 60-83.

Martin, Lori Latrice. “Debt to Society:  Asset Poverty and Prisoner Reentry. The Review of Black Political Economy.Vol. 38 No. 2 (2011), pp. 131-143.


Chapters in peer-reviewed book:

Martin, Lori Latrice, Horton, Hayward Derrick, and Teresa A. Booker.  In Press.  Race, Class, and Nativity: A Multilevel Analysis of the Forgotten Working-Class, 1980-2009.  In Black Sociology: Contemporary Issues and Future Directions. Edited by Earl Wright, II and Edward Wallace.  Ashgate Publishing Company.

Martin, Lori Latrice. 2014. “Been There Done That: With Zimmerman, History Repeats Itself.” In Trayvon Martin, Race, and American Justice: Writing Wrong. Editors Kenny Fasching-Varner, Rema Reynolds, Katrice Albert, and Lori Latrice Martin, pp. 15-18.

Jin-Kyu Jung

Office: UW2-226
Mailing: Box 358530
18115 Campus Way NE
Bothell, WA 98011-8246

Jin-Kyu Jung is an Assistant Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington-Bothell (, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Geography at the University of Washington. He is an urban geographer and planner who has a strong theoretical and technical expertise in Geographic Information Science (GISci) and mixed-methods approaches. He continuously explores the importance of urban politics and power as well as the complexities of race, class, and gender in cities, and how the shaping of these categories effectively complicates urban geographic knowledge. Particularly, he has been conducting researches on new ways of expanding the qualitative capabilities of GIS and geographic visualization. His current research is especially centered on ‘qualitative geovisualization,’ an approach for collecting, integrating, analyzing, and visualizing various forms of quantitative, qualitative and geovisual information in more accessible and user-friendly platforms of new GIS such as geographic web and geo-tagged social media. He believes these new possibilities of GIS and geovisualization will allow us a more ‘popular’ and ‘meaningful’ engagement with analysis and representation of spaces and people’s perception/conceptualization of place, and have potential to be implemented in the community-based planning process.

Li Yin

331 Hayes Hall
UB South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214
Professor Yin’s focuses on practical applications of spatial models, joining amenity and location theory with applied GIS and simulation methods to explore the complexity and dynamic processes of urban systems for environmental planning, urban design, and sustainable development.
Building upon research across disciplines on innovative methods, she studies the impact of amenity on urban growth and the built environment to help understand location choices and the dynamics of growth and decline. To advance this research she has been working in a rapid development area which draws on planning and computing as well as several other related fields to develop strategies for sustainably managing smart urban community growth and change. Professor Yin has played a key role in several funded research projects totaling several million dollars, working with researchers representing various disciplines and types of organizations across Colorado, Utah, and New York.


Ph.D., University of Colorado, Design and PlanningM.S., Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand, Urban Planning, Land and Housing DevelopmentB.S., Yunnan Polytechnic University, Kunming, P.R.China, Architecture


Dr. Yin’s teaching portfolio reflects her concentration on technological applications in the field of urban and regional planning. She teaches three classes: an undergraduate course, Computing for Environmental Analysis; and two graduate electives, GIS Applications and Planning Support System and Advanced GIS.


Dr. Yin’s research focuses on computer technology applications in a wide variety of urban growth issues and inner city redevelopment. She is interested in exploring new tools which enable high level of visualization, simulations, 3-D modeling, and database management to construct scenarios and evaluate alternatives to facilitate better communication and increase the efficiency in the planning process.

Public Service

Dr. Yin actively engages in public service focusing on public health and the built environment in the Buffalo-Niagara Region.

Selected Publications

  • Hajrasouliha, A. and Yin, L. (Forthcoming). The Impact of Street Network Connectivity on Pedestrian Volume. Urban Studies.
  • Baek, Solhyon, Samina Raja, Jiyoung Park, Leonard Epstein, Li Yin, and James Roemmich (Forthcoming). Park Design and Children’s Active Play: A Micro-Scale Spatial Analysis of Intensity of Play in Olmsted’s Delaware Park. Environment and Planning B.
  • Feda, Denise, April Seelbinder, Solhyon Baek, Samina Raja, Li Yin, and James N Roemmich (Forthcoming). Neighbourhood Parks and Reduction in Stress among Adolescents: Results from Buffalo, New York. Indoor and Built Environment.
  • Huang, H. and Yin, L. (Forthcoming) Creating Sustainable Urban Built Environments: An application of Hedonic House Price Models in Wuhan, China. Journal of Housing and Built Environment.
  • Yin, L. and Shiode, N. (2014) “3D Spatial-Temporal GIS Model of Urban Environments for Supporting the Designing and Planning Process. Journal of Urbanisim: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability. 7(2). pp 152-169
  • Yin, L., Raja, S., Li, X., Lai, Y., Epstein, L. H., and Roemmich, J. N. (2013) Neighborhood for Playing: Using GPS, GIS, and Accelerometry to Delineate Areas within which Youth are Physically Active. Urban Studies, 50(14), pp2922-2939
  • Yin, L. (2013) Assessing Walkability in the City of Buffalo: An Application of Agent-Based Simulation, Journal of Urban Planning and Development. 139(3). pp166-175
  • Silverman, R.M., Yin, L, and Patterson, K. 2013. Dawn of the Dead City: An Exploratory Analysis of Vacant Addresses in Buffalo, NY 2008-2010.Journal of Urban Affairs 35(2), pp131-152
  • Yin, L. 2010. “Modeling Cumulative Effects of Wildfire Hazard Policy and Exurban Household Location Choices: An Application of Agent-based Simulations.” Planning Theory and Practice 11(3), pp375-396
  •  Yin, L. 2010. “Integrating 3D Visualization and GIS in Planning Education,”Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 34(3), pp419-438.
  • Raja, S., Yin, L., Roemmich, J., Ma, C., Epstein, L., Yadav, P. and Ticoalu, A. 2010. “Food environment, Built Environment, and Women’s BMI: Evidence from Erie County, New York” Journal of Planning Education and Research, 29(4), pp444-460.
  •  Muller, B. and Yin, L. 2010. “Regional Governance and Hazard Information: The Role of Co-ordinated Risk Assessment and Regional Spatial Accounting in Wildfire Hazard Mitigation”. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 53(1), pp1-21.
  • Yin, L. 2009. “The Dynamics of Residential Segregation in Buffalo: An Agent-Based Simulation” Urban Studies 46(13), pp2749-2770.
  • Muller, B., Yin, L., Kim, Y., and Alexanderescu, F. 2008. “The Dynamics of Land Development in Resort Communities: A Multiagent Simulation of Growth Regimes and Housing Choice” Environment and Planning A 40(7), pp1728-1743.
  • Yin, L. and Muller, B. 2008. “Urbanization and Resort Regions: Creating an Agentbased Simulation of Housing Density in ‘Ski Country’” Journal of Urban Technology, 15(2), pp55-75.
  • Yin, L. and Hastings, J. 2007. “Capitalizing on Views: Assessing Visibility Using 3D Visualization and GIS Technologies for Hotel Development in the City of Niagara Falls, USA” Journal of Urban Technology, 14(3), pp59-82.
  • Yin, L. 2007. “Assessing Indirect Spatial Effects of Mountain Tourism Development: An Application of Agent-based Spatial Modeling” Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, 37(3), pp257-265.
  • Yin, L. and Muller, B. 2007. “Residential Location and the Biophysical Environment: Exurban Development Agents in a Heterogeneous Landscape”Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, 34(2), pp279-295.
  • Roemmich, J. N., Epstein, L. H., Raja, S., and Yin, L. 2007. “The Neighborhood and Home Environments: Disparate Relationships with Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviors in Youth” Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 33(1) pp 29-38.
  • Yin, L. 2006. “Agent-based Simulations for Disaster Decision Support”Journal of Security Education, 1(4) pp169-175.
  • Roemmich, J. N., Epstein, L. H., Raja, S., Yin, L., Robinson, J., and Winiewicz, D. 2006. “Association of Access to Parks and Recreational Facilities with the Physical Activity Of Young Children” Preventive Medicine, 43(6) pp 437-441.

Selected Conference Presentations and Invited Talks

Yin, L. and Silverman, R. M. 2011. Do Vacant Properties Kill Neighborhoods?: An Agent based Simulation of Property Owner’s Responses to Abandonment. 2011 Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, October.

  • Yin, L. Spatial-Temporal Visualization of Urban Environments, 2011. Utah American Planning Association (APA) Conference, October.
  • Yin, L., Raja, S., Huang, H., Roemmich, J. and Epstein, L. 2011. Built Environment and Physical Activity: Assessing Accessibility in Space-Time Neighborhoods. 2011
  • Annual Conference of Association of American Geographers, Seattle, Washington, April.
  • Yin, L., Raja, S., Huang, H., Roemmich, J. and Epstein, L. 2010. Accessibility and Physical Activity: A Space-Time Model. 2010 Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October.
  • Yin, L. and Shiode, N. 2010. Cities in Space and Time: A Spatial-Temporal Visualization Model of Urban Environments. The Fourth International Association for China Planning Conference, Tongji University, Shanghai, June.
  • Yin, L. and Shiode, N. 2010. Cities in Space and Time: A Spatial-Temporal Visualization Model of Urban Environments. The Fourth International Association for China Planning Conference, Tongji University, Shanghai, June.
  • Yin, L., Raja, S., Roemmich, J., Epstein, L. and Li, X. 2009. “Assessing Children’s Playing Environment: A Case Study of Erie County, New York”, 2009 Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Conference, Crystal City, Virginia, October.
  • Yin, L. 2009. (peer-reviewed). “Assessing Walkability in the City of Buffalo: An Application of Agent-based Simulation,” Computers in Urban Management and Urban Planning (CUPUM) 2009, Hong Kong, June.
  • Yin, L. 2009. “Beyond 2D GIS Mapping: Teaching 3D Visualization and Urban Simulation in Planning Programs,” The Third International Association for China Planning Conference, Nanjin University, June.

Qian Wang

231 Ketter Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260

Dr. Wang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. She earned her Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2008. Her major research interest includes transportation planning, freight system modeling, and transportation economics. Her professional practices cover a wide spectrum of transportation fields, including travel demand forecasting, travel behavior analysis, sustainable transportation systems, and congestion pricing.

Dr. Wang has been investigators and partners of more than ten multi-year and multi-disciplinary research projects, funded by the international, national, and state agencies such as the VOLVO Research and Educational Foundations, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), the University Transportation Research Center (UTRC) Region II, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), and so on.  Meanwhile, she has been in charge of multiple travel demand model developments for both freight and passenger transportation systems in different geographical scales, with particular interest in integrating various data sources and modeling tools to facilitate decision making. In addition, as some examples of her current funded research, she is working on GIS-based performance measurement for assessing transportation sustainability and neighborhood livability, impacts of congestion pricing on travel behavior, and novel travel demand forecasting tools that address the interactions among transportation, land use, and economic development, particularly in small geographical scales and in dynamic fashion.

Dr. Wang has authored dozens of research papers in the leading international transportation journals and conferences. She is also the elective members of several well-recognized international and national research committees and organizations, such as  the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Urban Freight Transportation, the TRB Committee on Freight Transportation Planning and Logistics, the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Freight Mobility Council, the National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP) Project Panel, and the Chinese Overseas Transportation Association (COTA).

Dr. Wang has been serving in the review boards of more than ten international and national journals, conference proceedings and research entities. She was also a selected fellow of the NSF funded PASI-TS (Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute on Transportation Sciences) in 2005, and received a major technology innovation award in China, i.e., the Science and Technology Progress Award, for her contributions in the research project of Design Regulations for At-grade Intersections on Urban Streets in 2002.

Kelly Patterson

663 Baldy Hall
Amherst, NY 14260

Dr. Kelly Patterson is a Senior Research Associate in the Center for Urban Studies and an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at the University at Buffalo. Her research and teaching focuses on social welfare policy, low income housing, neighborhood revitalization, and community development. She has books, book chapters, and journal articles on these topics.


Dr. Patterson’s research focuses on subsidized housing, segregation and inequality in regional housing markets, and homelessness. Her current research projects include siting affordable housing in shrinking cities, the role of anchor institutions in housing and community development, the effectiveness of the HUD-VASH program for formally homeless Veterans, and social service utilization of homeless women.


B.A., Sociology, North Carolina Central University
M.S., Public Affairs, State University of New York at Buffalo

Ph.D., Urban Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Public Service

Dr. Patterson is a board member of Belmont Housing Services in Buffalo, New York. Belmont is largest low-income housing developer in western New York. She was also co-chair of the 2014 conference program committee for the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP). In addition to these activities, she is a manuscript referee for Urban Affairs Review, Housing Policy Debate, Journal of Community Practice, the Community Development Journal, and, Journal of Urban Affairs, and other publications.

Selected Publications

“Neighborhood Outcomes of Formally Homeless Veterans Participating in the HUD-VASH Program.” Journal of Community Practice, 22:3, 2014. (with Tom Nochajski, and Laiyun Wu).

“Trapped in Poor Places? An Assessment of the Residential Spatial Patterns of Housing Choice Voucher Holders in 2004 and 2008.” Journal of Social Service Research 38 (5): 637-655, 2012. (with Eun-Hye Enki Yoo)

“William Worthy’s Concept of ‘Institutional Rape’ Revisited: Anchor Institutions and Residential Displacement in Buffalo, NY.” Humanity & Society. (with Rob Silverman and Jade Lewis)

Schools and Urban Revitalization: Rethinking Institutions and Community Development. New York: Routledge, 2013. (with Rob Silverman)

“Chasing a Paper Tiger: Evaluating Buffalo’s Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice,” Current Urban Studies, 1(3), 2013. (with Rob Silverman and Jade Lewis).

“Dawn of the Dead City: An Exploratory Analysis of Vacant Addresses in Buffalo, NY 2008-2010,” Journal of Urban Affairs, 35(2) 131-152, 2013. (with Rob Silverman and Li Yin).

“The Four Horsemen of the Fair Housing Apocalypse: A Critique of Fair Housing Policy in the U.S.,” Critical Sociology, 38(1): 123-140, 2012. (with Rob Silverman).

Fair and Affordable Housing in the US: Trends, Outcomes, Future Directions. Boston: Brill, 2011 and Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2012. (with Rob Silverman).

“The Effects of Perceived Funding Trends on Nonprofit Advocacy: A National Survey of Nonprofit Advocacy Organizations in the United States,” International Journal of Public Sector Management, 24(5): 435-351, 2011 (with Rob Silverman) (2012 Emerald Literati Network, Highly Commended Article Award).

“A Case for Expanding Nonprofit Activities in Affordable Housing: An Analysis of Low-income Housing Tax Credit Outcomes 1987-2006,” Journal of Public Management and Social Policy, 17(1):33-48, 2011 (with Rob Silverman).

“How Local Public Administrators, Non-Profit Providers and Elected Officials Perceive Impediments to Fair Housing in the Suburbs: An Analysis of Erie County, New York.” Housing Policy Debate, 21(1): 165-188, 2011 (with Rob Silverman).

“The Effects of Perceived Funding Trends on Nonprofit Advocacy: A National Survey of Nonprofit Advocacy Organizations in the United States,” International Journal of Public Sector Management, 24(5): 435-451, 2011 (with Rob Silverman).

Sam Cole

Sam Cole is a Professor in the Department of Planning (since 1983) and the Department of Geography (1993 to 1997) at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and Director of the Center for Regional Studies (1988-1993), and former President of the North East Regional Science Association.

Prior to this he was at the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex, the United Kingdom Department of Environment, and the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge. He is a member of the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis and the National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research.

Dr. Cole has authored and edited several books on global models and futures scenarios including “Models of Doom: A Critique of the Limits to Growth” and “World Futures – The Great Debate”, “Worlds Apart: Technology, Distribution and the International Economy”, “The Global Impact of Information Technology”, and “Global Models and Futures Studies”. He was a member of the Council of the World Futures Studies Federation and is a North American editor of the journal Futures. In 2000 a paper “Dare to Dream: Bringing Futures into Planning” was part of a symposium that won the best paper of the year award from the American Planning Association.

Professor Cole has been a consultant to several international agencies including the European Commission, the United Nations Fund for Population Activities, the UNDP African National Long Term Perspectives Studies Project, the UN Commission on Culture and Development, and prepared an Economic Development Plan for the Caribbean island of Aruba. He has worked with the UNDP/World Bank Project in China on Sustainable Development for the Yellow River Delta.

During the summer of 1999, Dr. Cole and two students from the Planning Program assisted the Statistics Department in Aruba in developing a GIS system for the Island’s Year 2000 Census of Population. He has recently been involved with the evaluation of the Niagara Mohawk Power Choice proposals for New York State, assessing the impact of a Cruise Ship Care facility in the Bahamas, and a socio-economic analysis of the role of the Niagara Falls Power Project in the development of Western New York.

In Spring 2000, Professor Cole worked with the Center for Urban Studies to develop economic impact models for inner-city communities. In a subsequent project, he worked with Professor Henry Taylor on a project entitled Utilizing Tax Increment Financing to Revitalize a Heritage Neighborhood which won the Fannie Mae/American Collegiate Schools of Planning Award for the best practice-oriented paper.

In 2002-2003 Sam Cole and Victoria Razak, on sabbatical in Aruba, were invited to prepare a framework for sustainable tourism for the island and this was presented, during 2003-4, at several venues in Aruba and elsewhere.

Since returning from Aruba, Dr. Cole has led tourism planning studios in the Southern Tier of Western New York and in 2005 his students won the coveted APA Carole Bloom Award. He is currently working on theories of chaos and complexity in tourist destinations as an aspect of globalization.

Robert Silverman

329 Hayes Hall
Buffalo, NY 14214


Rob Silverman is the Senior Research Associate in the Center for Urban Studies, a Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the Director of the Urban and Regional Planning PhD Program at the University at Buffalo. His research and teaching focus on fair and affordable housing, education reform, community development, and urban social institutions. He has published a number of journal articles, books, book chapters, and edited volumes on these topics.


Dr. Silverman’s research focuses on the non-profit sector, the role of community-based organizations in urban neighborhoods, education reform, shrinking cities, and inequality in inner city housing markets. His current research projects include studies of non-profit organizations, anchor institutions, inner-city schools, and fair housing.


B.S. (political science), Arizona State University
M.P.A. (public administration), Arizona State University
Ph.D. (urban studies), University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee


Dr. Silverman’s primary teaching interests are in the area of community development. In the past, he has taught courses in: community development planning, public finance, economic development, citizen participation, non-profit management, and housing policy. In addition to teaching in these areas, he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses focusing on both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Public Service

Dr. Silverman is a member of the governing board of the Urban Affairs Association (UAA). He is also co-chair of the 2014 conference program committee for the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP). In addition to these activities, he has served on committees for the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), the Community Development Society (CDS), and other professional organizations. He is on the editorial boards of the journals Critical Sociology and Community Development. He has been a manuscript referee for the British Journal of Sociology, Housing Policy Debate, Journal of the American Planning Association, Journal of Urban Affairs, Sage Publications, Rowman and Littlefield, and other publications. Dr. Silverman has also served on the University at Buffalo Social and Behavioral Sciences Institutional Review Board (SBSIRB), been an academic delegate for the University at Buffalo Chapter of the United University Professions (UUP), and provided professional and community service in a number of other capacities.

Selected Publications

  • Silverman, Robert Mark. (2014) “Urban, Suburban and Rural Contexts of School Districts and Neighborhood Revitalization Strategies: Rediscovering Equity in Education Policy and Urban Planning.” Leadership and Policy in Schools.
  • Silverman, Robert Mark, Lewis, Jade and Patterson, Kelly L. (2014). “William Worthy’s Concept of ‘Institutional Rape’ Revisited: Anchor Institutions and Residential Displacement in Buffalo, NY.” Humanity & Society.
  • Schools and Urban Revitalization: Rethinking Institutions and Community Development. New York: Routledge, 2013. (with Kelly Patterson)
  • “Chasing a Paper Tiger: Evaluating Buffalo’s Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice,”Current Urban Studies, 1(3), 2013. (with Kelly Patterson and Jade Lewis).
  • “Dawn of the Dead City: An Exploratory Analysis of Vacant Addresses in Buffalo, NY 2008-2010,”Journal of Urban Affairs, 35(2) 131-152, 2013. (with  Li Yin and Kelly Patterson).
  • “Making Waves or Treading Water?: An Analysis of Charter Schools in New York State.”Urban Education, 48(2): 257-288, 2013.
  • “The Nonprofitization of Public Education: Implications of Requiring Charter Schools to be Nonprofits in New York,”Nonprofit Policy Forum, 3(1), 2012.
  • “The Four Horsemen of the Fair Housing Apocalypse: A Critique of Fair Housing Policy in the U.S.,”Critical Sociology, 38(1): 123-140, 2012. (with Kelly Patterson)
  • Fair and Affordable Housing in the US: Trends, Outcomes, Future Directions.Boston: Brill, 2011 and Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2012. (with Kelly Patterson).
  • “The Effects of Perceived Funding Trends on Nonprofit Advocacy: A National Survey of Nonprofit Advocacy Organizations in the United States,”International Journal of Public Sector Management,24(5): 435-351, 2011 (with Kelly Patterson) (2012 Emerald Literati Network, Highly Commended Article Award)
  • “A Case for Expanding Nonprofit Activities in Affordable Housing: An Analysis of Low-income Housing Tax Credit Outcomes 1987-2006,” Journal of Public Management and Social Policy, 17(1):33-48, 2011 (with Kelly Patterson).
  • “Black Real Estate Pofessionals’ Perceptions of Career Opportunities: The Economic Detour Redux,” Review of Black Political Economy,38(2): 145-163, 2011.
  • “How Local Public Administrators, Non-Profit Providers and Elected Officials Perceive Impediments to Fair Housing in the Suburbs: An Analysis of Erie County, New York.” Housing Policy Debate, 21(1): 165-188, 2011 (with Kelly Patterson).
  • “How Unwavering is Support for the Local Property Tax?: Voting on School District Budgets in New York, 2003-2010.” Journal of Education Finance, 36(3): 294-311, 2011.
  • “The Effects of Perceived Funding Trends on Nonprofit Advocacy: A National Survey of Nonprofit Advocacy Organizations in the United States,”International Journal of Public Sector Management, 24(5): 435-451, 2011(with Kelly Patterson).
  • Editor,Fair and Affordable Housing in the US: Trends, Outcomes, Future Directions (with Kelly Patterson) . Studies in Critical Social Sciences Series, 2011.
  • “Including Voices of the Excluded: Lessons from Buffalo, NY” (with Kelly Patterson and Henry Taylor), Community Development, a Critical Analysis, 
  • “Non-profit Perceptions of Local Government Performance in Affordable Housing,”International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis 2(3): 253-262, 2009.
  • “Perceptions of Nonprofit Funding Decisions: A Survey of Local Public Administrators and Executive Directos of Community-Based Housing Organizations (CBHOs),” Public Organization Review9(3): 235-246, 2009.
  • “The Influence of Nonprofit Networks on Local Affordable Housing Funding: Findings from a National Survey of Local Public Administrators,”Urban Affairs Review, Vol. 44.1, pp. 126-241, 2008.
  • “Sandwiched Between Patronage and Bureaucracy: The Plight of Citizen Participation in Community-Based Housing Organizations (CBHOs),” Urban Studies, Vol. 46.1, pp. 3-25, 2009.
  • “CBOs and Affordable Housing,” National Civic Review, Vol. 97.3, pp.26-31, 2008.
  • “The Role of Citizen Participation and Action Research Principles in Main Street Revitalization: An Analysis of a Local Planning Project,” (with Henry L. Taylor, Jr. and Christopher G. Crawford) Action Research, 6.1: 69-93, 2008.
  • “Building a Better Neighborhood Housing Partnership.” (with Kelly L. Patterson) Housing and Society, Vol. 34.2, pp. 187-211, 2007.
  • “Mortgage Lending Disparities in Metropolitan Buffalo: Implications for Community Reinvestment Policy,” Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy,  38.1, pp. 36-44, 2008.
  • “Central City Socio-Economic Characteristics and Public Participation Strategies: A Comparative Analysis of the Niagara Region’s Municipalities in the US and Canada,”International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy,  28, No. 3/4, 138-153, 2006.
  • “Caught in the Middle: Community Development Corporations (CDCs) and the Conflict Between Grassroots and Instrumental Forms of Citizen Participation,” Community Development: Journal of the Community Development Society, Vol. 36, No. 2, 35-51, 2005.
  • “Community Socioeconomic Status and Disparities in Mortgage Lending: An Analysis of Metropolitan Detroit.” The Social Science Journal, 2005.
  • “Redlining in a Majority Black City?: Mortgage Lending and the Racial Composition of Detroit Neighborhoods,” The Western Journal of Black Studies,  29, No. 1, 531-541, 2005.
  • Community-Based Organizations: The Intersection of Social Capital and Local Context in Contemporary Urban Society. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. ed. 2004.
  • “Progressive Reform, Gender, and Institutional Structure: A Critical Analysis of Citizen Participation in Detroit ‘s Community Development Corporations (CDCs),” Urban Studies, 40.13: 2731-2750, 2003.
  • “Citizens’ District Councils in Detroit: The Promise and Limits of Using Planning Advisory Boards to Promote Citizen Participation,” National Civic Review, 92.4: 3-13, 2003.
  • “Vying for the Urban Poor: Charitable Organizations, Faith-Based Social Capital, and Racial Reconciliation in a Deep South City,”Sociological Inquiry,1: 151-165, 2003.
  • “Neighborhood Characteristics, CDC Emergence and the Community Development Industry System: A Case Study of the American Deep South,” Community Development Journal, 36.3: 234-245, 2003.
  • “CDCs and Charitable Organizations in the Urban South: Mobilizing Social Capital Based on Race and Religion for Neighborhood Revitalization,”Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 30.2: 240-268, 2001.

Selected Activites, Honors, and Awards

Moderator for the Cyberhood (; Emerald Literati Network Commended Article Award, 2012; Scott Greer Award for Postgraduate Achievement in the Study of Urban Social Institutions, 2009; Community Development Society Outstanding Program Award, 2008 (with Frida Ferrer, Jacqueline Hall, Jeff Kujawa, Kelly Patterson, and Henry Taylor; Outstanding Graduate, 1992, Arizona State University, College of Public Programs.

Gavin Luter


BA 2005, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Public and Urban Affairs
MS 2007, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Higher Education Administration
PhD 2015, University at Buffalo, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Gavin is currently the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Campus Compact. The Wisconsin Campus Compact is a coalition of Wisconsin’s leading colleges and universities dedicated to promoting community service, civic engagement and service-learning. As a practitioner-scholar, Gavin has experience working in and with educational non-profits, school systems, and universities to both run programs and build systems-wide service coordination and reform capacity.  This work links back to his main research interest of how universities can catalyze school and neighborhood transformation.  As Coordinator of Educational Programs for the Center for Urban Studies from 2011-2015, Gavin provided oversight of all educational programs including the Futures Academy Community as Classroom Program, UB Summer Academic Camp on Neighborhood Development, and the Neighborhood Development Internship Program. In this capacity, Gavin was also Co-Guest Editor of a themed issue of the Peabody Journal of Education, “Higher Education’s Role and Capacity to Assist with Public School Reform.”  Before joining the CENTER, Gavin worked at the United Way of Greater Knoxville (2010-2011) and the University of Tennessee’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy (2006-2010).