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ASM Abdul Bari

330 Hayes Hall
UB South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214

Bari is the Chief of Staff at the UB Center for Urban Studies. He provides computer information technology support and is the creative design editor for Right2theCity.

Jeffrey Kujawa

330 Hayes Hall
UB South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214

As Assistant Director, Jeff oversees all day-to-day operations at the Center in the areas of administration, budgets, personnel, information technology, purchasing, student employees, space allocation, and equipment. He develops and manages all personnel, research, and grant budgets. Jeff also organizes all grant submissions. He is responsible for contracting and grant management issues between the Center and all private, local, state, and federal project sponsors. He works collaboratively with the Center Director in the areas of grant writing, fund raising, public relations, and communication between the Center and the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, School of Architecture and Planning, university administration, funding sources, project sponsors, and city, state, and other officials. Additional duties involve acting as co-director of the Center’s HUD Community Development Work Study Program and as the coordinator/instructor of the Center and Department’s undergraduate Urban Internship Program. Jeff received a Master of Urban Planning degree from UB in 1995.  Before joining the Center for Urban Studies team, Jeff was Housing Specialist for Broadway-Fillmore Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. in Buffalo.

Henry Louis Taylor, Jr.

330 Hayes Hall
UB South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214


Dr. Henry Louis Taylor, Jr. is an internationally recognized scholar for his work on distressed urban neighborhood and social isolation among people of color.  His research focuses on a historical and contemporary analysis of distressed urban neighborhoods, social isolation and race and class issues among people of color, especially African Americans and Latinos.  Within this framework, Taylor’s research also focuses on these issues in Cuba, the Caribbean Islands and Latin America.  Lastly, Taylor is concerned with the redevelopment of shrinking cities and metropolitan cities, with a focus on social, economic and racial justice.



B.S. (Speech Pathology) Tennessee A&I State University

M.S. (Audiology) University of Tennessee

M.A. (Urban History) University at Buffalo

Ph.D. (Urban History) University at Buffalo



Dr. Taylor coordinates the Neighborhood Planning and Community Development Specialization and teaches courses in central city revitalization, urban management, and race, class and gender and the city.  Taylor also coordinates the Center for Urban Studies’ Urban Internship Program, which creates opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to become involved in neighborhood redevelopment initiatives and in research projects.


Public Service

Dr. Taylor is a member of the Steering Committee of the Anchor Institutions Task Force, a national organization that develops and disseminates knowledge to help create and advance democratic, mutually beneficial anchor institution-community partnerships.  Also, he is a member of the Board of Overseers of The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government of the State University of New York.  Taylor has serviced on the governing boards of the Urban Affairs Association and the Urban History Association.  He is on the Board of the Editors of Universities and Community Schools, published by Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania, and was the planning coordinator for the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority’s Perry Choice Neighborhood Initiative and the founder of the Perry Choice Neighborhood History Project.  He created the Cyberhood ( on behalf of the Urban Affairs Association.


Select Publications

“Neighborhoods Matter:  The Role of Universities in the School Reform Neighborhood Development Movement, Peabody Journal of Education, 88(5), 541-563, 2013. (With Linda McGlynn and Gavin Luter).

“Beyond the Poverty Paradigm: The Neoliberal City and the Low-income Worker. The Buffalo, New York experience,” with Linda McGlynn and Gavin Luter. In Barbara Wejnert (ed.) Voices of Globalization (Research in Political Sociology, 21), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.161-180. 2013.

“Back to the Future: Public Schools as Neighborhood Anchors Institutions – The Choice Neighborhood Initiative in Buffalo, New York,” with Linda McGlynn and Gavin Luter.  In Kelly L. Patterson, Robert Mark Silverman (eds.), Schools and Urban Revitalization: Rethinking Institutions and Community Development, New York and London, Routledge, pp. 109-135. 2013.

Editor, Special Edition, Eugenie Birch and David C. Perry. Journal of Higher Education Outreach & Engagement, 17, (3). (2013); “Universities as Anchor Institutions,” Journal of Higher Education Outreach & Engagement 17 (3), pp. 7 -15. 2013. (with Eugenie Birch and David C. Perry).

“Participatory democracy, neighborhood revitalization and the promise of the University at Buffalo.” In Sjur Bergan, Ira Harkavy, Hilligje Van’t Land (eds) Reimagining democratic societies: A new era of personal and social responsibility, Strasburg, France: Council of Europe Publishing. 2013.

Henry Louis Taylor, Jr., The Historic Roots of the Crisis in Housing Affordability: The Case of Buffalo, New York, 1920-1950 (2011), in Robert Mark Silverman, Kelly L. Patterson (eds.), Fair and Affordable Housing in the U.S.: Trends, Outcomes and Future Directions. Boston: Brill, 2011 and Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2012.

“Including Voices of the Excluded: Lessons from Buffalo, NY” with Kelly Patterson and Robert Silverman. In J. Peter Rothe, Linda J. Carroll, Dejan Ozegovic (eds.) Deliberations in Community Development: Balancing on the Edge, Hauppauge, NY:  Nova Publishers, 2011.

“Cincinnati in the Gilded Age, 1877-1896,” in Cities in American Political History, ed. Richardson Dilworth, Thousand Oaks, California: Sage: CQ Press. pp. 331-336. 2011.

“The Community as Classroom Initiative: The Case of Futures Academy in Buffalo, New York,” Universities and Community Schools 8(1-2), 2010, pp. 31- 43. (with Linda McGlynn).

Inside El Barrio: A Bottom-Up View of Neighborhood Life in Castro’s Cub. Bloomfield, CT: Kumarian Press, 2009 and Korean edition, Seoul: Samcheolli Publishing Company, 2010.

“The connection: Schooling, youth development, and community building—The Futures Academy case,” New Directions for Youth Development No. 122. Summer 2009, pp. 19-41. (with Linda McGlynn).

“Solving the Dewey Problem: Where Do We Go From Here?” The Good Society, 17(2), 52-56. 2009. With Linda McGlynn.

“Using Capitalism to Save Socialism: International Tourism in Havana, Cuba”Using Capitalism to Save Socialism: International Tourism in Havana, Cuba,” doi:10.1016/J.Futures.11.012, 2008. With Linda McGlynn.

“The Role of Citizen Participation and Action Research Principles in Main Street Revitalization: An Analysis of a Local Planning Project,” Action Research, 6 (1): 69-93. 2008. With Robert Mark Silverman and Christopher G. Crawford.

“Connecting Community Development and Urban School Reform. In Urban Education with an Attitude: Linking Theory, Practice, and Community, ed. Lauri Johnson, Mary E. Finn, and Rebecca Lewis. Albany: SUNY Press, pp. 41-57. 2005.

Historical Roots of the Urban Crisis:  African Americans in the Industrial City, 1900-1950. New York: Garland Publishers, 2000.  With Walter Hill, eds..


Selective Activities, Honors and Awards

2012 Lee Benson Activist Scholar Award, the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania, November 12, 2012

2009 U.S. Small Business Administration – Buffalo District Minority Small Business Advocate of the Year.  The award is based on Taylor’s role in founding and developing the Allstate Minority & Women Emerging Entrepreneurs Program, one of the top minority & women business support programs in the United States

2008 Outstanding Program Award – East Side Neighborhood Transformation Partnership (ESNTP).  The Community Development Society

2008 Time Magazine Quote of the Week on how Americans have lost sight of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message, January 21, 2008

2005 Distinguished Leadership, Michael J. Krasner Professional Planner Award, American Planning Association, New York Upstate Chapter and Western New York Section

2005 Outstanding Planning Award, Planning Implementation, Conceptual Transit-Orientated Development Plan for the Allen-Medical Campus and Summer-Best Stations, Buffalo New York (David Gamble, Chan Krieger & Associates, Michael Pratt, Watts Engineers, Henry L. Taylor, Daniel Hess, Peter Lombardi, and Jane Humphreys, Center for Urban Studies, UB)

2001  The Fannie Mae Foundation Award for the Best Action Research Paper in Housing and Community Development at the 2001 Associate of Collegiate Schools of Planning National Conference

2000 YMCA Toast to Buffalo Award for Distinguished Leadership.


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