EDWARDSVILLE – Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Dr. Jim Hanlon has been appointed director of the Institute for Urban Research. Jerry Weinberg, associate provost for Research and dean of the Graduate School, made the announcement Tuesday, July 1.
An assistant professor in the Department of Geography within SIUE’s College of Arts and Sciences, Hanlon, left, has served as the IUR’s assistant director since January.
“Dr. Hanlon is an authority on public housing in the U.S., and has researched urban issues extensively,” Weinberg said. “I fully expect that he will continue the IUR’s good work effective immediately.”
Hanlon’s research has been presented at the Urban Affairs Association conference, and he has a forthcoming publication in the journal Housing Studies.
Hanlon succeeds Andy Theising, who has directed the IUR since 2007. Theising stepped down, so that he can go on a planned sabbatical.
“Dr. Theising has done a great job of engaging faculty in urban research and raising the visibility of the IUR in the St. Louis region” Weinberg added. “He will still have ongoing research projects at the IUR.”
Hanlon earned a bachelor’s in geography in 1995 from Michigan State. He achieved both master’s and doctoral degrees in geography from the University of Kentucky in 1999 and 2008, respectively.
Hanlon served as a graduate instructor in UK’s Department of Geography and an instructor in Bowling Green State University’s Department of Geography before joining the SIUE faculty in 2009.
Temporarily, the IUR has relocated to the East St. Louis campus while renovations are ongoing in Rendleman Hall. The IUR will eventually return to Rendleman into newly renovated space on the lower level. Contact information for the IUR is unchanged.