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2017 Instructor, Department of Urban Studies & Planning, Wayne State University
2018 (expected). Ph.D., Urban & Regional Planning, Taubman College, University of Michigan
- Specializations: Urban Governance, Community Development
- Dissertation: “The Promise of Parkland: Planning Detroit’s Public Spaces, 1805-2017”
- Committee: Margaret Dewar (chair), June Manning Thomas, Scott Campbell, David Thacher
2014. Masters of Urban Planning, Taubman College, University of Michigan
- Specialization: Community and Economic Development
- Thesis: “Urban Triage in Cleveland and St. Louis”
2010. Bachelor of Arts, with Highest Honors and Distinction; Residential College and the College of Literature, Science and, the Arts; University of Michigan
- Concentrations: Economics, Social Theory & Practice, and Spanish
- Thesis: “Rightsizing Detroit: Looking Back, Looking Forward“
- Studied at La Pontificia Universidad Católica in Santiago, Chile, in Fall 2008
Dewar, Margaret, Matthew Weber, Eric Seymour, Meagan Elliott, and Patrick Cooper-McCann. 2015. “Learning from Detroit: How Research on a Declining City Enriches Urban Studies.” In Reinventing Detroit: The Politics of Possibility, edited by Michael Peter Smith and L. Owen Kirkpatrick, 37-56. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers. (PDF)
Cooper-McCann, Patrick. 2014. “A Review of ‘Collaborative Governance for Urban Revitalization: Lessons from Empowerment Zones.’” Journal of the American Planning Association. 80(3): 279. DOI: 10.1080/01944363.2014.972224.
“Park Partnerships and the Pursuit of Racial Equity: Detroit, 1967-1980.” National Conference on Planning History (SACRPH). Cleveland. October 27, 2017.
“A Public-Private Continuum? Placing Parks in Detroit.” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. Portland. November 3, 2016.
“The Hard Fought History of Park Provision in Detroit.” 16th National Conference on Planning History (SACRPH). Los Angeles. November 6, 2015.
“The Changing Structure of Municipal Park Provision.” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. Houston. October 23, 2015.
“Putting Equity Back Into Shrinking Cities Planning.” BANKRUPT: Economic Crisis and the Built Environment. University of Michigan. April 6, 2014.
“Urban Triage in St. Louis.” 15th National Conference on Planning History. Toronto. October 5, 2013.
“Lessons from PARK: Partnership to Adopt and Renovate Parks for Kids.” William Davidson Foundation. Troy, MI. November 7, 2017.
“Learning with Detroit.” Invited talk. Wayne State University. Detroit. March 7, 2017.
Panelist. “Disciplinary Approaches to the Study of Detroit.” Detroit School Series. University of Michigan. April 7, 2017.
“Planning the Shrinking City: Lessons from the ‘Team Four Plan.” Guest lecture. GPH 3130: Introductory Urban Geography. Wayne State University. Detroit, MI. April 6, 2017.
“Shrinking Cities and the Trap of Triage.” Guest lecture. CRP 3850 5850: Demographic Change and the Built Environment. Cornell University (via WebEx). September 24, 2016.
“Learning from/for Detroit.” Guest lecture. GPH 3130: Introductory Urban Geography. Wayne State University. Detroit, MI. April 7, 2016.
“Adapting Local Governance to Decline: Parks and Recreation in Detroit, 1970-2015.” Guest lecture. SOC 340: Urban Sociology. University of Michigan-Flint. February 16, 2016.
“Public Communication and Social Change.” Panelist. Institute for Social Change. Arts of Citizenship, University of Michigan. August 21, 2015.
“Learning from/for Detroit.” Guest lecture. GPH 3130: Introductory Urban Geography. Wayne State University. Detroit, MI. April 9, 2015.
“What makes Detroit a good case study–or not?” Lunch UP: Panel Discussion on Case Study Research. Taubman College. University of Michigan. February 25, 2015.
“Emerging Models of Resilient Regeneration Sponsored by the Vacant Property Research Network.” Roundtable Participant. ACSP 2014. Philadelphia, PA. November 1, 2014.
“Urban Triage: Planning for Decline in Cleveland and St. Louis in the 1970s.” Detroit School Pecha Kucha. University of Michigan. March 29, 2013.
“The History of Urban Triage.” Planning + Architecture Research Group. Taubman College. University of Michigan. March 18, 2013.
“Public/Private Planning in Detroit.” Agora Journal of Urban Planning and Design Salon. Taubman College. University of Michigan. November 29, 2012.
GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS
2017 LSA Bicentennial Theme Semester Symposium ($5,000)
2017 Rackham One-Term Dissertation Fellowship (Winter 2017)
2016 Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop – Detroit Research ($5,000)
2016 Sweetland/Rackham Dissertation Writing Institute ($3,000)
2015 Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop – Detroit Research ($6,000)
2015 Society for American City & Regional Planning History Student Travel Award ($250)
2015 Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop– Planning & Architecture ($6,000 – coauthor)
2015 Arts of Citizenship Graduate Student Grant for Public Scholarship ($2,000)
2014 Vacant Property Research Network Conference Travel Grant ($400)
2014 Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop Grant ($6,000)
2014 Nonprofit & Public Management Center Doctoral Support Grant ($3,500)
2013 Rackham Centennial Fellowship Award ($6,000)
2013 Rackham Student Research Grant ($1,500)
2006 Alvin M. and Arvella D. Bentley Scholarship ($50,000)
AWARDS AND HONORS
2014 Vacant Property Research Network Masters Scholarship Award (Award interview)
2010 Residential College Weisskopf Award for Community Engagement
2010 Highest Honors in Social Theory & Practice
2006 National Merit Finalist
Wayne State University
UP 6680 – Neighborhood Decline/Revitalization, Winter 2018, Instructor
US 2000 – Introduction to Urban Studies, Winter 2018, Instructor
UP 6340 – Community Development, Fall 2017, Instructor
University of Michigan
UP 610 – Fiscal Planning and Management, Fall 2016, Graduate Student Instructor
UP 506 – Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, Winter 2016, Graduate Student Instructor
UP 505 – Fundamentals of Planning Practice, Winter 2015, Graduate Student Instructor
UP 610 – Fiscal Planning and Management, Fall 2013, Graduate Student Instructor
UP 610 – Fiscal Planning and Management, Winter 2013, Graduate Student Instructor
UP 540 – Planning Theory, Fall 2012, Graduate Student Instructor
HONORS 135 – Revitalizing Detroit, Fall 2009, Honors Student Instructor
RESEARCH & PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
Research Assistant for Professor Angela Dillard, University of Michigan, May 2015 – August 2016.
Focus: HOPE Integrated Assessment Coordinator, Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute, Ann Arbor and Detroit, MI. May 2012 – May 2014.
Research Assistant for Professor Margaret Dewar, University of Michigan, January-September 2012 and June-August 2014.
Neighborhood & Economic Revitalization Assistant, Focus: HOPE (Michigan AmeriCorps Partnership), Detroit, MI. September 2010 – August 2011.
Research Intern, Sugar Law Center for Economic & Social Justice, Detroit, MI. January 2010 – April 2010.
Research Fellow, Nortown Community Development Corporation, Detroit, MI. May 2007 – August 2007.
Research Intern, Transportation Riders United, Detroit, MI. September 2006 – April 2007.
SERVICE & ACTIVITIES
Organizer. Detroit School Speaker Series and Doctoral Workshop. 2013-2017. (See website).
Board Member (President & Secretary). Planning and Architecture Research Group. 2014-2016.
Conference Committee Member. “Rule & Form: Confronting the Spatial Transactions and Logistics of Capital.” Taubman College. University of Michigan. February 5-6, 2016.
Facilitator. “Writing for the Public Sphere” Engagement Group, Institute for Social Change, Arts of Citizenship, University of Michigan. August 19-25, 2015.
Search Committee Member. Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position in Physical Planning and Urban Design, Winter 2015.
Conference Committee Member and Session Chair. “Learning from Detroit: Turbulent Urbanism in the 21st Century (A Michigan Meeting).” Winter and Spring 2014. (To view the conference, click here.)
Committee Member. Martin Luther King, Jr., Symposium. 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.
Project Leader. “Visualizing HOPE” Community Partnership between Taubman College’s Master of Urban Planning program and Focus: HOPE. Fall 2011 – Fall 2012.
“Preparing Future Faculty Conference: Getting Ready for an Academic Career.” Center for Research on Learning and Teaching. University of Michigan. September 30, 2015.
“Academic Engagement in Public and Political Discourse,” Michigan Meeting, University of Michigan, May 13-17, 2015.
“Graduate Student Instructor Teaching Orientation,” Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan, January 6, 2015.
“2014 Institute for Social Change: Public Scholarship at the University of Michigan,” Arts of Citizenship, University of Michigan, August 18-21, 2014.
“2014 PhD Workshop,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, Harvard University, August 7-9, 2014.
“Preparing Future Faculty Conference: Getting Ready for an Academic Career,” Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan, October 10, 2012.
Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, 2015-
Society for American City and Regional Planning History, 2013-
Michigan Association of Planning, 2011-
American Planning Association, 2011-2016