Rachel Weber / University of Illinois at Chicago

Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
March 27, 2019 - 5:30pm

Rachel Weber will lecture in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27. Weber is a Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs. She is an urban planner, political economist, and economic geographer who researches the relationship between finance and the built environment.

The focus of Weber’s research has been on instruments (tax increment financing, auction rate securities, crowdfunding, mortgage backed securities, tax credits) and infrastructures (school facilities, toll roads, commercial real estate). She is interested in why cities adopt certain instruments and how the use of particular methods of raising capital affects who benefits from and pays for urban infrastructures. In her work she has advanced the concept of “financialization” as shorthand for how these tools bring new politics, kinds of knowledge, and risks to bear on policy and development decisions. Weber is the author of From Boom to Bubble: How Finance Built the New Chicago (University of Chicago Press, 2015).

Weber holds a PhD in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University, a MRP in City and Regional Planning, also from Cornell University, and a BA in Development Studies from Brown University, where she graduated magna cum laude and high honors.