This research and conference series is organized by the Ridenour Faculty Fellowship in the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA), College of Architecture and Urban Studies, Virginia Tech. Organizers are SPIA Director Dr. Anne M. Khademian and Ph.D. Candidate Anja H. Bieri.

Anne M. Khademian

Professor Anne M. Khademian is the director for Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, and professor with the Center for Public Administration and Policy (CPAP). Her research interests focus on leadership and organizational culture, inclusive management, policy networks, and the work of organizations involved in homeland security and fi nancial regulation. She is the author of numerous articles on public management and public policy, and the books Working with Culture: The Way the Job Gets Done in Public Programs (CQ Press, 2002), Checking on Banks: Autonomy and Accountability in Three Federal Agencies (Brookings, 1996), and The SEC and Capital Market Regulation: The Politics of Expertise Before joining Virginia Tech, Professor Khademian was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution, and taught at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, the University of Michigan, and the University of Pennsylvania. She served as a co-editor for the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and is a member of several editorial boards for public administration and policy journals. She is the incoming editor of the Administrative Profi les section in Public Administration Review. In 2009, she was named a Fellow with the National Academy of Public Administration. Anne holds a BA in Political Science and an MPA from Michigan State University, and a Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis in Political Science.

Anja Haelg Bieri

Anja is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Public and International Affairs in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech. Her dissertation focuses on the cultural geographies of walking, her doctoral advisor is Dr. Paul Knox. Anja is currently a graduate research assistant with the Office of the Senior Fellow for Resource Development, where she was given the opportunity to develop the 2012 Ridenour Faculty Fellowship Conference on Distressed Cities together with Dr. Anne Khademian, Director of SPIA. Prior to this engagement she was a graduate teaching assistant in the School of Performing Arts and Cinema for digital cinema production and art history. She also taught an interdisciplinary studio in SPIA creating audio-walks on ecologies of food in Blacksburg. Other research interests concern the use of the arts and the notion of creativity in urban revitalization, a topic most dear to her as she worked as a dramaturg in the performing arts in Europe for many years. Anja holds a MA in Social Science from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and an MA in Theatre Directing from the University of the Arts in Berlin, Germany.

Many Thanks Go To:

Candice Chu, Graphic Design. See more of her work here.

Justin Fine, Interview videos of speakers. See more of his work here.

Working group for the organisation of the discussions: Margaret Cowell, Giselle Datz, Sonia Hirt, Derek Hyra, Patrick Roberts, Joe Schilling, together with Anne Khademian, Anja H. Bieri

Volunteers: The Graduate Research Assistants of the Senior Fellow for Resource Development. Many thanks to Amanda Fawkes for coordinating the volunteers.

The SPIA staff team of Krystal Wright and Melanie Darden, and the SPIA Program Chairs Brian Cook, Timothy W. Luke, and Tom Sanchez for their support and efforts in organizing the conference.

Many thanks to Fralin Life Science Institute and Director Dennis Dean for hosting us.

Catering: Our Daily Bread, French Bakery in Blacksburg, VA