Janice Bockmeyer

Janice Bockmeyer

Janice Bockmeyer
Associate Professor
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PhD in Political Science -  The Graduate Center, City University of New York
MA in Political Science -  The Graduate Center, City University of New York
BA in Political Science - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor


Janice Bockmeyer, Associate Professor of Political Science, received a BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, and a MA and Ph.D. in Political Science from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Professor Bockmeyer’s primary research interests are in comparative urban politics and governance, urban community-level political participation, community revitalization and urban housing policies, federalism and urban politics, and immigrant urban participation. She is currently conducting research on political activism by community nonprofits in urban ‘shrinking cities’ policies. Her research on the politics of ‘right-sizing’ Detroit appears as “Shrinking cities, growing adversaries: The politics of territory for community nonprofits in ‘shrinking city’ planning processes,” in Schools and Urban Revitalization: Rethinking Institutions and Community Development (Eds. K. L. Patterson & R. M. Silverman, Routledge, 2014). Her publications include articles in Urban StudiesUrban Affairs Review,The Social Science Journal and German Politics and Society.  Her research on immigrant political incorporation also appears in Governing Cities in a Global Era (eds. R. Hambleton and J. Gross, Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) and Toward a New Metropolitanism (eds. G. Lenz, F. Ulfers and A. Dallman, Winter Verlag, 2006). Professor Bockmeyer gives classes on comparative urban politics, urban politics, New York City politics, state and local government and is a faculty sponsor for the CUNY/Edward T. Rogowsky Public Affairs Internship Program, which includes internships in New York City, Albany, and Washington, D.C. She is a member of the Urban Affairs Association, International Political Science Association and the American Political Science Association – for which she served on the Urban Section Executive Council from 2006-2008.

Scholarly Work

Book Project: Community Governance without Government: Shrinking Urban Democracy in Detroit Future City (Working Title).

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles and Chapters:

Bockmeyer, Janice. 2014. “Shrinking Cities, Growing Adversaries: The Politics of Territory for Community Nonprofits in ‘Shrinking City’ Planning Processes.” In Schools and Urban Revitalization: Rethinking Institutions and Community Development, edited by Kelly L. Patterson and Robert M. Silverman, 28-53. New York: Routledge.

Gittell, Marilyn, Kathe Newman, Janice Bockmeyer and Robert Lindsay. 2012. "Expanding Civic Opportunity: Urban Empowerment Zones." In Activist Scholar, edited by Ross Gittell and Kathe Newman. Thosand Oaks: Sage Publication. [Reprint from Urban Affairs Review 33 (4): 530-558].

Bockmeyer, Janice. 2007. "Building the Global City - The Immigrant Experience of Urban Revitalization." In Governing Cities in a Global Era: Urban Innovation, Competition and Democratic Reform, edited by Robin Hambleton and Jill Simone Gross, 177-188. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Bockmeyer, Janice. 2006. “Social Cities and Social Inclusion: Assessing the Role of Turkish Residents in Building the New Berlin.” German Politics and Society 24: 49-76.

Bockmeyer, Janice. 2006. "A Culture of Walls: Diversity and Divisions in the New Berlin." In Toward a New Metropolitanism: Reconstituting Public Culture, Urban Citizenship, and the Multicultural Imaginary in New York City and Berlin, edited by Guenter Lenz, Friedrich Ulfers and Antje Dallmann, 185-201. Heidelberg: Universitaetsverlag Winter.

Bockmeyer, Janice. 2003. “Devolution and the Transformation of Community Housing Activism.” Social Science Journal 40: 175-188.

Bockmeyer, Janice. 2000.  “A Culture of Distrust: The Impact of Local Political Culture on Participation inthe Detroit EZ.” Urban Studies 37: 2417-2440.

Research Summary

Prof. Bockmeyer’s current research focuses on the impact of changing political institutions in so-called ‘shrinking cities’ in the American Midwest. She is particularly interested in how these changes affect political participation by urban community nonprofit organizations. Her research on Detroit nonprofits is supported by two PSC-CUNY Research Awards, a John Jay OAR Enhanced Travel Award, and a Senior Scholar Release Program Award. She has presented early findings at Urban Affairs Association, the American Political Science Association, and Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Annual Meetings. In January, 2015 she gave an invited talk at the University of Michigan, Urban and Regional Planning Department entitled, "When Foundations Do Planning: Assessing Impacts on Community Nonprofits and Governance in Detroit Future City."  She also published a book chapter titled, “Shrinking Cities, Growing Adversaries: The Politics of Territory for Community Nonprofits in ‘Shrinking City’ Planning Processes,” in Schools and Urban Revitalization: Rethinking Institutions and Community Development, edited by K. L. Patterson and R. M. Silverman (2014, New York: Routledge).


Area of Expertise

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urban politics, comparative urban politics, urban governance, community development policy, community nonprofit organizations