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Elsie Harper-Anderson

Assistant Professor Department of Public Administration and Policy

Dr. Harper-Anderson’s research focuses on understanding the connection between macroeconomic change and minority labor markets and on enhancing the connection between workforce development and economic development in urban areas. She has served on the faculty at the University of Michigan, the University of California, Berkeley and Ball State University. She also served as a Visiting Scholar at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Harper-Anderson was appointed the inaugural Ariel Investments Visiting Research Fellow at the Chicago Urban League in 2008. She is also founder and CEO of Regional Economic Policy Research L.L.C., a research and consulting firm.

Her research has been published in book chapters, policy reports and major scholarly journals such as Economic Development Quarterly and the Journal of Planning Education and Research.

Prior to joining academia, Dr. Harper-Anderson worked as a Social Scientist at Social Policy Research Associated in California. She also has significant experience implementing and evaluating federal, state and local economic development and housing programs for federal agencies including DOL, EDA, and HUD.

Degrees

Ph.D., City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley M.S., Public Management and Policy, H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University B.S., Lincoln University of Pennsylvania

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