For Immediate Release
May 5, 2021
Dr. Margaret Wilder
UAA Executive Director
The Urban Affairs Association (UAA) is the international professional organization for urban scholars, researchers, and public/nonprofit service providers. UAA is dedicated to creating interdisciplinary spaces for engaging in intellectual and practical discussions about urban life. Through theoretical, empirical, and action-oriented research, the UAA fosters diverse activities to understand and shape a more just and equitable urban world. UAA sponsors the Journal of Urban Affairs, a refereed journal, that publishes manuscripts related to urban research and policy analysis of interest to both scholars and practitioners. UAA recently launched a new refereed journal, Race, Ethnicity and the City, designed to create a discourse on issues of race, ethnicity, and identity within and around urban spaces. UAA also sponsors Upsilon Sigma – The Urban Studies Honor Society, an international, multidisciplinary honor society dedicated to recognizing and encouraging excellence in scholarship, leadership, and engagement in urban studies and related fields.
In 2013, UAA established the Distinguished Service Honor Roll to recognize our most impactful service leaders. This year, Dr. Rachel Garshick Kleit (The Ohio State University) was one of sixteen individuals selected as 2021 inductees into the UAA Honor Roll.
Leslie Martin, Committee Chair (University of Mary Washington), Carolyn Adams (Temple University), Nevin Brown (Independent Consultant), Marion Orr (Brown University), and Janet Smith (University of Illinois-Chicago)
Rachel Garshick Kleit earned her PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and now serves as Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs in the College of Engineering and Professor of City and Regional Planning (CRP) in the Knowlton School of Architecture, both at the Ohio State University (OSU). Dr. Kleit is the former Section Head for City and Regional Planning in the Knowlton School. Prior to coming to OSU in 2012, Dr. Kleit was on the faculty the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. Her scholarship focuses on affordable housing and social inequality and has authored work on the social network impacts of mixed-income housing, the influence of public housing redevelopment on the lives of original residents, the combination of social services and housing, housing mobility and instability, and the transition of public housing authorities to actors in the private housing market. She has also published on the equity impacts of economic development and workforce policies on poverty and inequality, as well as on the changing relationship between housing and inequality since the US mortgage crisis.