Stephen Danley, Director
321 Cooper Street
Camden, NJ 08102-1521
Stephen Danley is an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Administration at Rutgers- Camden University and Director of the Center for Urban Research and Education. He obtained his doctorate from the University of Oxford’s Nuffield College through a Marshall Scholarship.
Danley’s research focuses on various aspects of urban dynamics, including neighborhood movements in New Orleans, LA and gentrification in Camden, NJ. Danley has written for traditional publications such as the Washington Post, Next City, and Shelter Force, while blogging for years for his own Local Knowledge Blog, and Blue Jersey (a New Jersey political blog). Danley recently completed a grant with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation evaluating the Next Generation Community Leaders initiative.
Melissa Thompson, Community First Initiative Lead
Mel Thompson is a PhD student in Public Affairs, Rutgers University. She received a Rutgers Presidential Scholar and is Rutgers-Rowan Board Pre-Doctoral Fellow. Her research centers Black liberation, community development, and teacher housing.
Dylan O’Donoghue, Cities & Justice Initiative Lead
Dylan O’Donoghue is a PhD candidate in Public Affairs, Rutgers University. She is also a Fulbright Scholar. Her research focuses on anti-trafficking policy and experiences, as well as community organizing around payments-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOTs).
John-Paul Miller-Purrenhage, Rutgers Academic Life Initiative Lead
JP is a MS/PhD student in Public Affairs, Rutgers University. He works with the Rutgers Equity Alliance for Community Health on their Employment Collaborative Learning Table. His research focuses economic justice and revolution.
Paul Jargowsky, Founding Director Emeritus
401 Cooper Street
Camden, NJ 08102-1521
Paul Jargowsky is a distinguished Professor of Public Policy at Rutgers University – Camden, known for his expertise in inequality, concentrated poverty, and residential segregation. His influential book, “Poverty and Place: Ghettos, Barrios, and the American City” (1997), analyzed neighborhood-level poverty in U.S. metropolitan areas. Jargowsky’s report for The Century Foundation, “The Architecture of Segregation,” highlighted the re-concentration of poverty since 2000. With a Ph.D. from Harvard University, he has held prestigious positions at Harvard and Stanford, conducting research on racial and economic segregation, spatial inequality, and exclusionary suburban development patterns.