expertise: urban politics, community development, community building
KATHE NEWMAN, Lecturer at
the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy completed her doctorate at
the Graduate School and University Center at the City University of New York
in 2001. Dr. Newman's research interests include urban politics, community development
and the intersection of race, ethnicity, gender, and class. She has worked extensively
in the community development field, most recently focusing on the public role
of faith based institutions.
Working with the Rutgers
Community Outreach Partnership Center (RCOPC), she conducts research and provides
technical assistance to community organizations in the West Side Park neighborhood
in Newark's Central Ward. Specific projects include working with community organizations
to develop a revitalization plan for their Olmsted designed park, conducting
a feasibility study for a community health center, developing a neighborhood
technology network, and increasing access to data for neighborhood planning
using interactive GIS.
While Dr. Newman completed
her doctorate, she worked as a Senior Research Associate at the Howard Samuels
State Management and Policy Center at the City University of New York. Dr. Newman
coordinated two major studies. The first examined the role of community participation
in the implementation of the Federal Urban Empowerment Zone program. The second
explored the relationship of community development corporations to the development
of social capital in neighborhoods in Atlanta. Chicago, and Los Angeles.
Dr. Newman is co-author
of an article on the Federal Urban Empowerment Zone program, which appeared
in Urban Affairs Review as well as numerous other reports that examined
community participation in the implementation of the Federal urban Empowerment
Zone/Enterprise Community Program and the relationship of community development
corporations to their neighborhoods.