Matthias Ruth, the school’s new director, has been published again; this time, as co-editor of Place-Based Evaluation for Integrated Land-Use Management, a book on integrating planning projects with related issues such as housing, industry, environment and water. The book brings together experts in spatial planning, land use and infrastructure management to explore the emerging agenda of spatially-oriented integrated evaluation.
A paperback edition of American Identity in the Age of Obama (Routledge) was issued in July. The book is a collection of insights and observations regarding the impact of President Obama’s election on “rhetorical mythmaking” and “different forms of narrating the American national saga,” and was co-edited by Amílcar Antonio Barreto, associate professor of Political Science, International Affairs and Public Policy and Urban Affairs, director of the MA program in International Affairs and Affiliated Faculty, African American Studies.
Routledge has published Urban Environmental Stewardship and Civic Engagement: How Planting Trees Strengthens the Roots of Democracy, by assistant professor of public policy and political science James Connolly and co-authors Dana R. Fisher (professor of sociology and the director of the Program for Society and the Environment at the University of Maryland) and Erika S. Svendsen (social scientist with the U.S. Forest Service and co-Director of the New York City Urban Field Station). The book draws on data collected through a two-year study of volunteer stewards who planted trees as part of the MillionTreesNYC initiative and examines how projects like this can make a difference to the social fabric of a city. Furthering the book’s theme, Fisher has published editorials on the social and civic benefits of planting trees in the Baltimore Sun and at the Knight Foundation blog.