David Perry is professor emeritus of Urban Planning and Policy in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He served for almost 12 years as director of the Great Cities Institute at UIC and the associate chancellor for the university’s Great Cities Commitment. From 2000 to 2002, he served as interim dean of the CUPPA.
Perry is the author or editor of eleven books, including The Global University and Urban Development: Case Studies and Analysis and Universities as Urban Developers: Case Studies and Analysis, and over 150 articles, book chapters and reports on urban “anchor” institutions, urban and regional economic development policy, race, politics and urban violence, contested cities, public infrastructure and the production of urban space. He is presently working on two new books on the role of universities and community foundations in American cities, one to be published by the University of Pennsylvania Press and one by M.E. Sharpe. Perry’s work has appeared in such non-academic places at the New York Times, The Nation and Metropolis magazine. David is an equally experienced policy practitioner having worked with numerous community partners and having served on national and local public boards and commissions, including Chicago’s Zoning Reform Commission, the Urban Land Institute’s National Public Infrastructure Committee, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the Rudy Bruner National Award Selection Committee, the National Task Force on Anchor Institutions and the Strengthening Communities Strand of the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities of the Association of Public Land Grant Universities.
Perry received his PhD from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and went on to teach in the Government Department at the University of Texas at Austin and chaired the Urban Planning Program at the University at Buffalo. He also held the visiting Albert A. Levin Chair at Cleveland State University and was a senior faculty fellow of the State University of New York’s Rockefeller Institute.