Urban Futures


The UC Urban Futures Cluster is the second phase of a university-wide cluster hiring initiative. In this phase, we anticipate hiring tenured faculty at the associate or early professor rank who add to UC’s research and teaching strengths in a number of areas that might include race or racism, social (in)justice, educational inequality or access,  health disparities, urban housing, poverty, policing, and any other topics that speak to the challenges facing US cities and urban living. Certainly, the political, cultural, socio-economic, systemic and/or legal aspects of any of these or related topics are important issues of scholarly consideration.

The initial five approved hires for this cluster will represent the following areas:

  • Urban Communities.  Cluster Leader(s) Christopher Auffrey and Danilo Palazzo.
    Urban Planning/Design (DAAP).  The focus is on how the built, natural, and social environments found in disadvantaged urban communities affect decent and affordable urban housing and the relationship between housing, racism, poverty, social justice, educational inequity, and health disparities.
  • Educational Equity. Cluster Leader Carlee Simon.
    Urban Educational Leadership (CECH). The focus is on educational equity and access, desegregation, K-16 pipeline and outcomes for students of color, social (in)justice and the education of underrepresented populations, and/or juvenile justice (e.g., school to prison pipeline)
  • Race, Policing and Community Crime Prevention. Cluster Leader Paula Smith.
    Criminal Justice (CECH). The focus is on race, community and crime specifically in the greater Cincinnati community.
  • Sociology of Urban Inequalities. Sociology (Arts & Sciences). Cluster Leader Steve Carlton-Ford.
    The focus is on the social determinants of urban inequalities, with a particular concern for issues such as health, education, or racial and ethnic relations.
  • Gender and Urban Sustainability. Cluster Leader Amy Lind
    Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (Arts & Sciences). The focus is on structural inequalities and the intersections of gender, race and poverty in urban communities.