Clinical Assistant Professor
Georgia State University & Georgia Institute of Technology
Public Administration (MC 278)
Ric Kolenda is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA) and a Ph.D. candidate in Economic Development Policy and Planning at the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Public Policy and the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. His dissertation, “Growing an Industrial Cluster: Movie Production Incentives and the Georgia Film Industry,” is scheduled for completion in July 2016. His most recent publication is “Are Central Cities More Creative? The Intrametropolitan Geography of Creative Industries,” with Cathy Yang Liu, published in the Journal of Urban Affairs in December 2012. He is currently co-editing a volume on inequality and economic mobility in the creative economy [under review]. Most recently he was an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Planning at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, and since 1987 he has taught public policy, urban planning, urban politics and American government at several institutions including Georgia State University, the University of North Carolina Wilmington and Temple University.
His research interests include the economic geography of creative industries; urban inequality, equality of opportunity & socio-economic mobility; and twenty-first century employment structures.
Prior to entering the Ph.D. program, Ric spent over 15 years in the technology sector, and co-founded the Philadelphia Area New Media Association and two Internet start-ups. He also founded Creative Wilmington, an organization and website dedicated to enriching the creative economy in Wilmington, NC. Ric also has a M.A. in Urban Studies from Temple University and a B.S. in Economics.
Practical, versatile, foundational, relevant, transformational.