Stephen A. Sherman

Stephen A. Sherman PhD Candidate


Where did you go for undergrad and what did you major in?

BA English and American Studies, University of Iowa; MUP, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research: I research the relationship between planning and policing institutions, using qualitative, quantitative, and GIS methods. For my thesis--successfully defended in July, 2019--I used custom GPS-based apps to evaluate how planning institutions shape police communications, and critcally examined how people's diverse responses to these communications shaped their sense of urban (in)security. Other research--forthcoming in Journal of Urban Affairs and Journal of Planning Education and Research--investigates policing and urban renewal in the South Side of Chicago, and the community development function of US hospitals. As a community member, I am part of the Education Justice Project, a community of educators, students, and activists within the University of Illinois and the Danville Correctional Center. Prior to PhD work I was a neighborhood planner in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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