The Journal of Urban Affairs Reviews Milano Faculty Jeff Smith’s Kindle Single “Ferguson in Black and White”


The Journal of Urban Affairs has recently reviewed Milano assistant professor Jeff Smith’s Kindle Single, “Ferguson in Black and White.” In this piece, Smith, a former St. Louis City representative in the Missouri State Senate, examines the historical, political, economic and social context surrounding the unrest experienced in (and subsequent conversation surrounding) Ferguson, Missouri, after shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown at the hands of a Ferguson police officer. The piece also delves into the different factors that continue to pose barriers to black political power in the United States, examines the discord that exists between the government and its citizens, and proposes recommendations for addressing the root causes of this issue.


GPIA Professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr Studies in Japan as a JICA-RI Distinguished Fellow

sakiko_fukudaGPIA Professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr is studying development assistance in Tokyo this summer as a Japan International Cooperation Agency Research Institute (JICA-RI) Distinguished Fellow.  “In her research project, she aims to show that the view of development assistance as cooperative and reciprocal is more effective and beneficial than the view that ODA is charity, held by traditional Western donors. Japan shares the philosophy of cooperative, reciprocal assistance with emerging donors such as China and India, she said.” For more information on Professor Fukuda-Parr’s ODA research this summer, please visit the JICA-RI page.



Faculty spotlight: Professor McCandless publishes chapter on “Capacity Development and Resilience”

DrErinMcCandless (1)GPIA Professor Dr. McCandless has a new publication out, co-authored with Frauke de Weijer, that examines key lessons from the last two decades of research and practice on capacity development and applies them to the emerging resilience agenda. Resilience is associated with the capacity of individuals, groups and society as a whole to cope, adapt, and transform in the face of man-made and natural shocks. Resilience has long been used in the areas of food security, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. More recently, it has found its place in the areas of peacebuilding and statebuilding, to capture the essence of what is believed needed to build upon the endogenous strengths that exist locally and nationally, to buttress against shocks and stresses, and to lift people more permanently out of fragility and violent conflict. The concept of resilience is already impacting policy at the highest levels.

This chapter, in a web-based book from on Capacity Development: Beyond Aid, aims to capture and build on key lessons from the last two decades of research and practice in the field of capacity development. It suggests how to apply these lessons in the emerging resilience agenda. It argues that the resilience agenda may be off to a head start because of its own analytical underpinnings that embrace important aspects of where the field of capacity development has arrived to after several decades of reflection and practice.

The publication can be downloaded for free.



Center for NYC Affairs: “What’s Wrong with Math and Science in NYC Schools – And What to Do About It”

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The Center for New York City Affairs, housed in the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at the New School, has released a new policy brief on the dearth of higher level and college preparatory Math and Science courses available in New York City schools.  In fact, 39% of New York City schools don’t offer such courses at this time. In this brief Clara Hemphill, Nicole Mader, and Bruce Cory of CNYCA and explore these issues and provide recommendations.



Milano Director of Career Services Carol Anderson: 6 Things You Need to Know About Getting a Job but Were Afraid to Ask

Director of CarCarolAndersoneer Services at Milano and founding member of the Careers Counselor Consortium Carol Anderson spoke with City Limits and provided tips on how to deal with the trickier parts of a job-search like: “How do you explain gaps in your resume? What if you’ve had a health issue that affected your work? What if you’ve been fired?” Read Carol’s 6 tips here: 6 Things You Need to Know About Getting a Job but Were Afraid to Ask.


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