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MEET DR. ROSIE TIGHE (LEVIN COLLEGE FACULTY)

Dr. Rosie Tighe
I was absolutely thrilled to come to Levin in 2014. The College has a national reputation for excellence in urban research and a commitment to engagement and advocacy. I knew nothing about Cleveland when I first came here, and have loved getting to know this city, its people, and its neighborhoods.

Degrees:
Ph.D, Community & Regional Planning, University of Texas at Austin
M.A., Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning, Tufts University
B.A., Government and English, Connecticut College

Where are you from?
Harwich, MA

Current Employment:
Position Title: Associate Professor
Academic Discipline: Urban Planning
Year of Appointment: 2014

Describe your volunteer experience:
I currently serve on the board of directors for the Housing Research and Advocacy Council.

Why did you decide to attend Levin?
I was absolutely thrilled to come to Levin in 2014. The College has a national reputation for excellence in urban research and a commitment to engagement and advocacy. I knew nothing about Cleveland when I first came here, and have loved getting to know this city, its people, and its neighborhoods. CSU and Levin provide me with the support I need to research this city and its people.

What are your current research interests?
I am always eager to apply my interests to the city I live in. Currently, that means researching the challenges low income households face when trying to find affordable housing in Cleveland. These include land use regulations, racial and class discrimination, and structural barriers to homeownership and racial integration. I am also fascinated by how cities change over time. Cleveland has a tremendously rich history that I'm still learning about every day.

Who inspires you?
I'm inspired by my colleagues. I work with some of the most curious, intelligent, and dedicated advocates I've ever met. Everyone at Levin cares about our students, our university, and our city. It's energizing to go to work every day knowing that I'm surrounded by such passionate co-workers.

What’s a good book you’ve read?
I read a lot of fiction, honestly it's my escape from reality. Some of my favorite nonfiction books are those that delve into issues of social justice within an urban setting. To that end, I recommend "Americans Against the City" by Stephen Conn; "The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander, "New Deal Ruins" by Ed Goetz; and the adult coloring book, "City Maps" for releasing the anxiety and frustration you now have as a result of reading those books.

What’s your favorite class to teach?
I have two. The first is my specialty class - Housing Policy and Planning. I love sharing my knowledge for the field that made me passionate about cities and social justice. The second is the undergraduate capstone class. It's wonderful to see our undergraduates stretch themselves to complete a challenging research project while also developing the skills to succeed in the future.