The University of Iowa

IISC Faculty and Staff

Travis Kraus

Travis Kraus

Director, Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities
Travis Kraus is an Associate Professor in the University of Iowa School of Planning & Public Affairs and is the Director for the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities, a community engagement program that helps create more sustainable futures while enhancing teaching and learning at the...
Suha Taha

Suha Taha

AmeriCorps Program Coordinator
Suha is from Sudan and graduated from The University of Iowa with a majors in Business Studies and International Relations. She is also a Clinic Coordinator for the UI’s Mobile Clinic and was an advocate for NISAA Family Services. Suha is interested in bridging gaps in access to healthcare.

Jon Soffa

AmeriCorps Program Coordinator
Jon’s strong interests in engineering, urban development and the arts has led him to seek further avenues where he can make an impact in his community. He hopes to further his involvement through AmeriCorps with the University of Iowa, as well as other community driven groups.
Charles Connerly

Charles Connerly

Professor and Director, School of Urban & Regional Planning
Chuck Connerly joined the University of Iowa School of Urban and Regional Planning in 2008 as professor and director, and founded the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities in 2009. His research has been published in top journals, including the Journal of the American Planning Association, the...

Lucie Laurian

Professor, School of Urban & Regional Planning
Lucie studies the effects of toxic sites on local populations and the participation of citizens in environmental planning decision-making processes. Some of her previous research, funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, focused on the effects of Superfund sites on the...

Scott Spak

Assistant Professor, School of Urban & Regional Planning
Scott Spak is an Assistant Professor holding joint appointments with Urban and Regional Planning, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the Environmental Policy Program at the Public Policy Center. He teaches courses on U.S. and international environmental policy, dynamic systems modeling, and...
Jerry Anthony

Jerry Anthony

Associate Professor, School of Urban & Regional Planning
Dr. Anthony's major areas of research interest are: a) housing and community development issues - in particular federal, state and local housing policies and the development of affordable housing; b) growth management, where he is concerned about the benefits and costs of growth management policies...
Phuong Nguyen

Phuong Nguyen

Associate Professor, School of Urban and Regional Planning
Dr. Phuong Nguyen's research interests are in public finance and public policy in various sectors including education, health and transportation in the United States and Vietnam. Recent research has included the fiscal effects of property tax limit repeal and budget referendums on school spending,...

Steven Spears

Associate Professor of Instruction, School of Urban & Regional Planning
Dr. Steven Spears' current research focuses on understanding how attitudes, perceptions, and habits affect transportation choices, and how these psychological factors interact with urban design to influence travel behavior and physical activity. He is particularly interested in how travel and...
Haifeng Qian, Assistant Professor, School of Urban & Regional Planning

Haifeng Qian

Assistant Professor, School of Urban & Regional Planning
Haifeng Qian is an associate professor in the School of Urban & Regional Planning (primary) and Public Policy Center at the University of Iowa, where he teaches applied microeconomics, economic development policy, and spatial data analysis. He has published over 20 research articles in the...