Core Staff

Teresa Córdova, Ph.D.
Director and Professor

Yibing Li
Associate Director for Business and Finance

Timothy O. Imeokparia, Ph.D., AICP
Associate Director of Research and Planning

Thea Crum
Associate Director of Neighborhoods Initiative

Matthew Wilson, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Economic & Workforce Development

Juan González
Senior Fellow, Great Cities Institute

Kathleen Yang-Clayton, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow, Great Cities Institute
Associate Dean, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Jack Rocha
Community Development Planner

Alex Linares
Economic Development Planner

Christiana Kinder
Office Manager

Andrea Angulo
Administrative Assistant

Affiliated Staff

Ahmed Rachid (AR) El-Khattabi, Ph.D.
Research Fellow
Associate Director for Research and Data at the Environmental Finance Center (EFC), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Former ORISE Postdoctoral Fellow and Economist in the Water Economics Center, US Environmental Protection Agency – Office of Water

Diego Aulestia
Senior Associate
Head of the Human Settlements Unit of CEPAL, the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
Former Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Ecuador to the WTO

Jim Lewis, Ph.D.
Senior Research Specialist

Lucas McGranahan, Ph.D.
Senior Research Specialist

Rob Paral
Senior Research Specialist

Faculty Fellows

John Hagedorn, Ph.D.
James J. Stukel Faculty Fellow, Great Cities Institute
Professor Emeritus, Criminology, Law, and Justice

Rachel Havrelock, Ph.D.
Founder and Director, UIC Freshwater Lab
Professor, English

Allyson Holbrook, Ph.D. 
Professor, Public Policy, Management, and Analytics

Kelly LaRoux, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Public Policy, Management, and Analytics

Kathryn Bocanegra, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Jane Addams College of Social Work

Krishna R. Reddy, Ph.D.
Professor, Civil Environmental Engineering
Director of Sustainable Engineering Research Laboratory
Director of the Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering Laboratory

Former Research Fellows

Joshua Drucker, Ph.D., AICP
Associate Professor, Urban Planning and Policy

Rebecca Hendrick, Ph.D.
Professor, Public Administration

Martin Jaffe, Ph.D.
Associate Professor (Retired), Urban Planning and Policy

Michele A Kelley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Emerita, Community Health Sciences

Michael Pagano, Ph.D., Senior Fellow
Former Dean, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
Professor, Public Administration

Nik Theodore, Ph.D., Senior Fellow
Professor, Urban Planning and Policy

David Perry, Ph.D., Senior Fellow
Professor Emeritus, Urban Planning and Policy

Philip Ashton, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Urban Planning and Policy

Rachel Weber, Ph.D.
Professor, Urban Planning and Policy

Sanjeev Vidyarthi, Ph.D., Senior Fellow
Professor, Urban Planning and Policy
Director, Master of City Design Program

Stacey Sutton, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Urban Planning and Policy
Co-Director, Solidarity Economy Research, Policy & Law Project

Tingwei Zhang, Ph.D., Senior Fellow
Professor (Retired), Urban Planning and Policy

Graduate Research Assistants