Eisinger, Peter

Eisinger, Peter

Peter Eisinger
PhD, Political Science, Yale
Henry Cohen Professor, Urban Policy

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Areas of Expertise:
poverty in the United States, declining cities (particularly Detroit)
Peter Eisinger taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1969 to 1997. During his years at Wisconsin, he was a senior fellow at the Institute for Research on Poverty, and served as Chair of the Department of Political Science (1987-90) and Director of the La Follette Institute of Public Affairs (1991-96). In 1997 he left Madison to take a position at Wayne State University in Detroit, where he was the Director of the State Policy Center. He is the author or co-author of seven books and nearly 60 articles on various aspects of urban politics and public policy. In Fall, 2002 he served as the Thomas Jefferson Distinguished Fulbright Professor to the Netherlands, and he returned in May 2006 to visit at the Technical University of Delft. He joined Milano as the Henry Cohen Professor in January, 2006.
Courses Taught:
  • Advanced Seminar in Urban Policy Analysis and Management
  • Political Economy of the City
  • Poverty and Social Policy
  • Suburbs, Sprawl and Regionalism


Recent Publications:
“A Food Assistance Policy in the United States,” in J. Herrick and P. Stuart, eds. Encyclopedia of Social Welfare History of North America (Forthcoming).

“Imperfect Federalism: The Intergovernmental Partnership in Homeland Security,” in Public Administration Review (2006).

Editor, Special Issue of Public Finance and Management, “A Public Finance and the Terror Threat” (2006)

Toward An End To Hunger in America (Washington, DC: Brookings Institution, 1998)

American States and Cities (NY: HarperCollins, 1991; 2nd edition, 1997). Co-authored with Virginia Gray.

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