CitySCOPE Podcast

Season 4 Podcast Guests

Adriana Abizadeh
Executive Director, the Kensington Corridor Trust (KCT)

Adriana Abizadeh is currently the executive director of the Kensington Corridor Trust (KCT) in Philadelphia. The mission, duty and purpose of the KCT is to help the Kensington community reclaim control over a once thriving commercial corridor by reactivating real estate, fostering local entrepreneurship and reinvesting capital in the neighborhood.

Lisa Berglund, Ph.D.
School of Planning, Faculty of Architecture and Planning, Dalhousie University

Dr. Berglund’s research and teaching interests are at the intersection of community development and urban design. She focuses on community organizing and social movements in the context of neighborhood change, including processes like gentrification, displacement, and redevelopment.

Sara Bronin
Professor of the Cornell College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, and Associated Faculty Member of the Cornell Law School (on public service leave)

Sara Bronin is a Mexican-American architect and attorney whose interdisciplinary research focuses on how law and policy can foster more equitable, sustainable, well-designed, and connected places.

Karen Chapple
Director of the School of Cities at the University of Toronto

Karen Chapple, Ph.D., is the Director of the School of Cities at the University of Toronto, where she also serves as Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning. She is Professor Emerita of City & Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, where she served as department chair and held the Carmel P. Friesen Chair in Urban Studies. 

Jeremy Levine
Assistant Professor of Organizational Studies and Sociology, University of Michigan

Jeremy Levine is generally interested in the politics of poverty and inequality, primarily in US cities. He has published articles on the political role of community-based nonprofits in poor neighborhoods, cultural processes and inequality in participatory democracy, and the relationship between neighborhood racial composition and an important, but under-studied political behavior: contacting government for basic city services.

Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris
Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning, Interim Dean, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris is the Interim Dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, a Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning, and a core faculty of the UCLA Urban Humanities Initiative. Professor Loukaitou-Sideris’ research focuses on the public environment of the city, its physical representation, aesthetics, social meaning and impact on the urban resident. 

Joe Margulies
Professor of Law and Government at Cornell University

I am a Professor of Law and Government at Cornell University. Like most people, however, I have diverse interests that are not well I am a civil rights attorney and critic of the national security state. For many years, I have defended people caught up in the excesses of the so-called war on terror.

Virginia Parks
Professor, Department of Urban Planning and Public Policy School of Social Ecology University of California, Irvine

Virginia Parks, PhD, is a geographer and urban planner specializing in the study of urban inequality. Her research and teaching interests include labor and employment, urban politics and policy, racial and gender inequality, and community development and organizing. 

Gregory Reaves
Founder & Co-Owner, Mosaic Development Partners

GREGORY REAVES has spent more than 30 years working at all levels in corporate and private industries. 

Elihu Rubin
Associate Professor, Yale School of Architecture

Elihu Rubin is Associate Professor of Urbanism at the Yale School of Architecture with a secondary appointment in Yale’s Department of American Studies.  

Jessica Sager
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of All our Kin, Lecturer in Education Studies

Jessica Sager is the co-founder and chief executive officer of All Our Kin, a national nonprofit that trains, supports and sustains family child care providers to ensure that children and families have the foundation for success in school and in life. 

Roxana Tynan
Executive Director, LAANE

Roxana joined LAANE in 2001 and served as Deputy Director for six years until assuming the position of Executive Director in February 2012. She has been instrumental in the expansion of LAANE’s work and impact over the past decade.