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SAGE announces new editors for its longest-held journal Urban Affairs Review

January 9, 2014

Los Angeles, CA - Jered Carr of University of Missouri, Kansas City, Peter Burns of Loyola University of New Orleans, Annette Steinacker of Loyola University of Chicago, and Antonio Tavares of University of Minho, Portugal have been appointed as the new Editors-in-Chief of Urban Affairs Review (UAR). Originally Urban Affairs Quarterly, UAR is SAGE’s first publication and will publish its 50th volume in January of 2014.

"Peter, Annette, Antonio and I are honored to have been selected as the new editorial team for UAR,” Dr. Carr stated. “We will work hard to ensure that the journal maintains its important role as a leading interdisciplinary journal for empirical scholarship on issues of governance and policy in urban regions throughout the world."

UAR is a leading publication for urban researchers, policymakers, planners, and administrators. It publishes international research and empirical analysis on the programs and policies that shape city development. UAR will celebrate 50 years of publishing high-quality urban research in 2015.

In 1965, Urban Affairs Quarterly was launched at the instigation of Marilyn Gittell, an urban activist and scholar at CUNY and a friend and mentor of SAGE founder Sara Miller McCune. As the editor of SAGE’s very first publication, Sara did the copyediting, proofreading and watched the typesetting forms lock up herself. In 1996, the journal was renamed Urban Affairs Review.

 “The origins of Urban Affairs Review and SAGE as a publisher are intimately intertwined. We have thoroughly enjoying supporting the development of the journal as its publisher for almost half a century and are proud of the impact that it has had on the urban research community,” stated Bob Howard, SAGE’s Vice President of Journals. “We welcome the new editors and look forward to many more years of success under their leadership.”


Jered B. Carr is the Victor and Caroline Schutte/Missouri Professor of Urban Affairs and Director of the L.P. Cookingham Institute of Urban Affairs at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Carr received his Ph.D. in Public Administration from the Reubin O’D Askew School at Florida State University and a MA in Economics and a BA in Finance from Florida Atlantic University. His dissertation, The Political Economy of Local Government Boundary Change: State Laws, Local Actors, and Collection Action, received the 2001 Leonard White Award from the American Political Science Association. Carr’s research interests are in urban policy, local government administration, and metropolitan governance. His research has been published in a broad range of journals in public administration, political science, and urban affairs. Carr is active in professional organizations in several fields, including the American Political Science Association, the American Society for Public Administration, the International Political Science Association, the Public Management Research Association, and the Urban Affairs Association.

Peter Burns is professor of political science at Loyola University New Orleans.  He is the author of Electoral Politics Is Not Enough: Racial and Ethnic Minorities and Urban Politics.  Burns’ research has examined the effect of state government on urban regimes and has appeared in the Urban Affairs Review, Journal of Urban Affairs, Political Science Quarterly, and Social Science Quarterly, among other journals.  Burns served as the program chair for the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Urban Affairs Association and the program co-chair for the urban politics section panels for the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association.  He is a past member of the editorial board for the Urban Affairs Review and a former member of the executive council for urban politics section of the American Political Science Association.  Burns and Matthew Thomas are writing a book about reform and the rebuilding of New Orleans.

Annette Steinacker is the Director of the Urban Affairs and Public Policy Program at Loyola University Chicago. Her research primarily focuses on issues of urban economic development and metropolitan governance. She has done work on changes in the number and types of jobs available in central cities, factors that influence the location decisions of businesses, and the role of property tax abatements as part of a local economic development strategy. Dr. Steinacker has also studied the impact that local government organization has on public policy outcomes and the political feasibility of changing these structures, specifically the creation of metropolitan governments and special districts. Her approach to these topics combines quantitative analysis of national data sets as well as in-depth case studies of specific cities. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and several private foundations, and  published in the Urban Affairs Review, Urban Studies, Publius, Social Science Quarterly, and Public Administration Review.

António Tavares received his Ph.D. in Public Administration from the Reubin O’D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University. He is currently Associate Professor of Political Science at the School of Economics and Management of the University of Minho in Braga, Portugal. Until May 2013, he was also the director of the Center for Research on Public Policy and Administration. His current research interests include local public service arrangements, land use management, and civic engagement and political participation. His work has appeared in Policy Studies Journal, Public Management Review, Journal of Urban Affairs, International Review of Administrative Sciences, Local Government Studies, among other journal publications. He has also published an edited book debating research and teaching of public administration as an academic discipline in Portugal.


Urban Affairs Review (UAR), peer-reviewed and published bi-monthly, is a leading scholarly journal on urban issues and themes. For almost five decades, scholars, researchers, policymakers, planners, and administrators have turned to UAR for the latest international research and empirical analysis. UAR covers: urban policy; urban economic development; residential and community development; governance and service delivery; comparative/international urban research; and social, spatial, and cultural dynamics.

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