Rusch, Lara

Associate Professor of Political Science
Assistant Director, Urban and Regional Studies Program

Office:                             2154 SSB
Hours:                             Not Teaching Winter 2016
Phone:                            313-583-6406
Fax:                                 313-593-5645
Curriculum Vitae:       

Programs and Affiliations:

Political Science, Public Policy, Urban and Regional Studies, Women and Gender Studies

PhD Institution:

Political Science;  University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 2008

Courses Taught:

Urban Politics (POL 323)
State and Local Government (POL 313)
Social Welfare Policy (POL 466/566)
Introduction to American Government (POL 101)
Community Organizing and Leadership (POL 334)
Senior Capstone in Community Research (URST 450)

Research Fields/Interests:

Community Organizing and Development; Social Capital and Civic Engagement; Housing Policy and Nonprofits

Selected Publications:

Rusch, L. 2010. "Rethinking Bridging: Challenges for Building Social Capital Through Community Organizing," Urban Affairs Review 45(4):483-506.

Rusch, L. 2012. “Going Regional: The Evolution of an Organizing Strategy in Detroit,” City and Community 11(1): 51-73.

Rusch, Lara, and Heidi Swarts. 2015. "Practices of Engagement: Comparing and Integrating Deliberation and Organizing." Journal of Community Practice 23 (1):5-26.

Kaiser, Angela A., and Lara Rusch. 2015. "Trade-offs in Empowerment through Social Action: voices from Detroit." Community Development no. 46 (4):361-379.