Our Faculty

Ric Kolenda

Clinical Assistant Professor

Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Public Administration

  • @New York City
    41 Park Row 511C
Office Hours

Fall 2021

Office Hours

Fall 2021

Office Hours

Fall 2021

Tue 3:00pm-5:00pm(by appointment)

Wed 3:00pm-5:00pm(by appointment)


Ric teaches graduate-level public policy and public administration as a Clinical Assistant Professor in Public Administration. He is also an experienced technology and nonprofit entrepreneur with the strong analytical skills developed as a Ph.D. in public policy. In addition to his academic work, Ric has written regular columns for mass-market weekly and monthly publications.


BS, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI

PhD, Georgia State University/Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
Public Policy

MA, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Urban Studies

Awards and Honors

Helene and Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship, September 25, 2020 - Faculty Fellowship, 2020-21


Are Central Cities More Creative? the Intrametropolitan Geography of Creative Industries
Kolenda, R. & Liu, C. Y. (2012, December). Journal of Urban Affairs. Vol 34 (Issue 5) , pages 487-512. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9906.2011.00593.x

Counting and Understanding the Contingent Workforce
Liu, C. Y. & Kolenda, R. (2012, April). Urban Studies. Vol 49 (Issue 5) , pages 1003-1025. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0042098011408139

Re-Creating New Orleans: Driving Development Through Creativity
Liu, C. Y., Kolenda, R., Fitzpatrick, G. & Todd, T. N. (2010, August). Economic Development Quarterly. Vol 24 (Issue 3) , pages 261-275. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0891242410364217


Kolenda, R. (2021, March 28). 43rd Annual Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Conference. Gigging in a Post-Pandemic World: Lessons on the Future of Work from a Late-Pandemic Survey of Gig Workers. Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Austin, TX.

Kolenda, R. (2018, April 6). Urban Affairs Association Annual Conference. Making the Gig Economy Work for Everyone: Strategies to Reduce Precarity for Contingent Workers. Urban Affairs Association, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


The economic geography of creative industries; urban inequality, equality of opportunity & socio-economic mobility; and twenty-first century employment structures.


American Society for Public Administration[Treasurer, NY Metro Chapter]


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