Lara Rusch, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Political Science; Director, Urban and Regional Studies Program; Director, Community Change Studies; Director, WILL+
Lara Rusch
College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters
Social Sciences
3072 College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Building | 4901 Evergreen Road | Dearborn, MI 48128

Teaching Areas:

Master of Public Administration and Policy, Political Science, Urban and Regional Studies

Biography and Education


PhD Institution: Political Science;  University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 2008

Teaching and Research

Courses Taught


Community Development and Organization, Criminalization of Poverty, Urban and Regional Politics and Governance

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.

Rusch, L., Brown, R., Brown, R., & Banner, F.  2019. Social Justice, Anti-Poverty Work, and Religion. In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. Oxford University Press.

Rusch, Lara and Francine Banner. 2022. “Homeless Group Representation in Detroit’s Problem-Solving Court.” Law & Social Inquiry, First view DOI: 10.1017/lsi.2022.68