Marie Kennedy is Professor Emerita in Community Planning, University of Massachusetts Boston, and a former Visiting Professor of Urban Planning at the University of California Los Angeles. Throughout her academic career she has combined the roles of activist and scholar, working in and writing about community development, planning education and participatory action research. Over the years, Marie has worked with and/or written about community and worker organizations and social movements in the Greater Boston area, San Francisco and Los Angeles, as well as in Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Mexico, Palestine and Nicaragua. She chairs the board of Venice Community Housing and serves on the advisory committees of Grassroots International and of Planners Network.
Chris Tilly, Professor of Urban Planning at UCLA, studies labor and inequality in the US and global context, with a particular focus on bad jobs and how to make them better. Tilly’s books include Half a Job: Bad and Good Part-Time Jobs in a Changing Labor Market; Glass Ceilings and Bottomless Pits: Women’s Work, Women’s Poverty; Work Under Capitalism: Stories Employers Tell: Race, Skill, and Hiring in America; The Gloves-Off Economy: Labor Standards at the Bottom of America’s Labor Market, and Are Bad Jobs Inevitable?