, Director of the Public Policy Research Center
Research Associate Professor in Public Policy Administration
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
B.J. (UM-Columbia), Ph.D. (St. Louis University)
In January, 2003, Mark Tranel was named as Public Policy Research Center's Director. Dr. Tranel joined the PPRC in 1990 as Senior Research Analyst. In 2000 he became the Director of the PPRC's Division of Research. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Tranel has been the principal investigator or research project manager on over 50 applied research projects in the metropolitan St. Louis area.
Dr. Tranel received his doctorate in public policy analysis and administration from St. Louis University. He has taught public administration in the UM-St. Louis Department of Political Science, and economic development at the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Department of Public Administration and Policy Analysis.
He is an active participant in a number of housing and community development organizations including service as a member of the Board of Directors of North County, Inc and the Missouri Budget Project. In 1999, the exhibited his photographic work, "Street Banners, Urban Identity and Information" and "Metromorphosis" in 2001.
Prior to joining the staff at UM-St. Louis his experience included Director of Real Estate Development, Economic Council of St. Louis County where he was responsible for industrial development sites and the small business incubator program, and Manager of Neighborhood Preservation and Community Planner, Normandy Municipal Council. In this capacity he was responsible for housing, community and economic development programs for 20 municipalities.
His recently published work includes two chapters in St. Louis Metromorphosis: Past Trends, Future Directions -- "The Transforming Economy" (chapter 3) and "The St. Louis Transportation Transformation" (chapter 7). He also recently published ""The Role of County Governments in Metropolitan Administration: A Study of the St. Louis MSA" (Chapter 4) in Revitalizing the City: Strategies to Contain Sprawl and Revive the Core . He has also contributed a chapter, entitled "Riverian Revolution", to Hidden Assets: A Connecting the Past to the Future of St. Louis. In 2006, he co-authored "Metromorphosis: Documenting Change" in the Journal of Urban Affairs, Vol. 28, Issue 2.
Dr. Tranel recently presented papers at the annual conference of the Urban Affairs Association and the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.
He was elected as President of North County Inc. for 2007. He has been chairman of NCI's economic development committee for five years and an officer of the executive board for three.
, Des Lee Endowed Professor of Community Collaboration and Public Policy Administration
MA (Washington University), Ph.D. (Princeton)
In August 2008, Dr. Todd Swanstrom joined the University of Missouri-St. Louis as the Des Lee Endowed Professor of Community Collaboration and Public Policy Administration. This is a joint appointment with PPRC, the Department of Political Science, and Public Policy Administration.
Prior to joining UMSL, Swanstrom was Professor of Public Policy Studies at Saint. Louis University. From 1982 - 2001, he was Professor of Political Science at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, State University of New York at Albany. He has also worked as a neighborhood planner for the City of Cleveland and as Director of Strategic Planning for the City of Albany.
Dr. Swanstrom is the author of six books, including Place Matters: Metropolitics for the Twenty-first Century, 2nd ed. (co-authored with Peter Dreier and John Mollenkopf). This text, published in 2001, examines the relationship between suburban sprawl and the decline of central cities and inner-ring suburbs. He also co-authored City Politics, 5th ed., which is a comprehensive examination of urban politics.
As Des Lee Endowed Professor of Community Collaboration and Public Policy Administration, Dr. Swanstrom will work with the PPRC to achieve its mission of producing and disseminating applied analysis and evaluation of public policies and programs. In particular he will enhance PPRC's capacity to fulfill its mission of conducting theoretical research on public policy issues.
Dr. Swanstrom is a member of the MacArthur Foundation's Building Resilient Regions Research Network.