See below for an abbreviated CV. For a full CV as of April 6, 2021 in PDF format, click here.


2019   Assistant Professor, Department of Urban Studies & Planning, Wayne State University

2017   Instructor, Department of Urban Studies & Planning, Wayne State University


2019. Ph.D., Urban & Regional Planning, Taubman College, University of Michigan

2014. Master of Urban Planning, Taubman College, University of Michigan

2010. Bachelor of Arts, with Highest Honors and Distinction; Residential College and the College of Literature, Science and, the Arts; University of Michigan


Cooper-McCann, Patrick. 2016. “The Trap of Triage: Lessons from the ‘Team Four Plan.’” Journal of Planning History. 15(2): 149-169. doi: 10.1177/1538513215602026. (PDF)

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. 2019. “Negotiating the Post-Industrial City.” Journal of Planning History. 18(4): 329-336.

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.


Cooper-McCann, Patrick. 2017. “Partnerships for Parks and Recreation in Detroit.” Report prepared for the Detroit Parks Coalition with accompanying spreadsheet of funding sources.


“The Shrinking City in Regional Perspective: Household and Population Loss in Metropolitan Detroit, 1930-2010.” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. Online. November 6, 2020.

“The Origins of the Shrinking City.” Urban History Association. October 2020. Canceled.

“The Politics of Rescaling Urban Park Provision.” National Conference on Planning History (SACRPH). Arlington, VA. November 1, 2019.

“The Fragmentation of Park Provision: Implications for Planning.” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. Buffalo. October 26, 2018.

“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.


Wayne State University

2020    Humanities Center Faculty Fellowship ($6,000)

2020    Arts and Humanities Research Support Grant ($14,489.59)


Wayne State University (Assistant Professor)

UP 3530 – Urban and Regional Planning

UP 5110 – Urban Planning Process

UP 6340 – Community Development

UP 6680 – Neighborhood Decline and Revitalization

UP 7500 – Master’s Professional Report

UP 7990 – Directed Study

US 2000 – Introduction to Urban Studies

University of Michigan (Student Instructor)

HONORS 135 – Revitalizing Detroit

UP 505 – Fundamentals of Planning Practice

UP 506 – Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

UP 540 – Planning Theory

UP 610 – Fiscal Planning and Management



Academic Service

Peer reviewer for Journal of Planning History and University of Michigan Press

Wayne State University

DUSP Urban Studies Committee, Fall 2018 to present

DUSP Search Committee Member (Assistant Professor). 2018-2019.

CLAS Communicator (DUSP web site and social media). 2017-present.

DUSP Faculty Liaison to Wayne State Student Urban Planners. 2017-present.


Shrinking Cities International Research Network, 2021-

Community Development Advocates of Detroit, 2018-

Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, 2015-

Society for American City and Regional Planning History, 2013-

Last updated on April 6, 2021.