Todd Swanstrom (economic insecurity)
Des Lee Professor of Community Collaboration & Public Policy Administration
University of Missouri – St. Louis
Todd Swanstrom examines workforce development in construction and metropolitan responses to the foreclosure crisis. Prior to his academic posts, he served as a neighborhood planner for the City of Cleveland and as staff director of strategic planning for the City of Albany. “Justice and the American Metropolis,” his latest book, (co-edited with Clarissa Hayward) will be published by University of Minnesota Press in 2011.
He also recently published research, supported by the Brookings Institution, on the prospects for alliances between central cities and distressed suburbs and on economic segregation among municipalities. Prior books include: “Place Matters: Metropolitics for the Twenty-first Century,” with Peter Dreier and John Mollenkopf (University Press of Kansas, 2005), which examines the relationship between urban decline and suburban sprawl. He also coauthored “Democracy at Risk: How Political Choices Undermine Citizen Participation, and What We Can Do About It” (Brookings Institution Press, 2005). That volume examines how the structure of our metropolitan areas affects civic participation. Swanstrom has a PhD from Princeton University in politics.