Levine, Marc V.

Professor Emeritus of History, Economic Development, and Urban Studies Founding Director, Center for Economic Development
Department of History

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Marc V. Levine is Professor Emeritus of History, Economic Development, and Urban Studies and was the co-founder and long-time director of the Center for Economic Development. Dr. Levine also has held visiting professorships in Urban Studies at the l’Institut national de la recherche scientifique- Urbanisation, Culture, et Société (INRS-UCS) in Montreal and l’Université de Paris-Nanterre. He has also served as an economic policy adviser to the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress and has worked with numerous city governments and community organizations and foundations across North America. He is the author or co-author of four books and scores of academic papers and newspaper columns, on topics such as state and local economic development policy, racial inequality in cities, employment trends in metropolitan areas, and language policy in divided societies. His research is frequently cited in the media, most recently in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, the Atlantic magazine, the BBC, Swiss Public Radio and Television, Milwaukee Public Radio (WUWM), Wisconsin Public Television (WPT), and the PBS NewsHour. Among his recent studies are: Milwaukee 53206: The Anatomy of Concentrated Disadvantage in an Inner City Neighborhood, 2000-2017; Latino Milwaukee: A Statistical Portrait; Is Wisconsin Becoming a Low-Wage Economy?; and The Skills Gap and Unemployment in Wisconsin: Separating Fact from Fiction.

Current major projects include studies of: 1) the “creative class” and urban economic development; 2) “entrepreneurial universities” and the economic fortunes of cities: 3) entrenched segregation and racial inequality in Milwaukee since the 1970s; and 4) a history of urban redevelopment policy, racial polarization, and inner city poverty in Baltimore since the 1950s.

Selected Publications

Levine, Marc V., "Milwaukee 53206: The Anatomy of Concentrated Disadvantage in an Inner City Neighborhood, 2000-2017" (2019). Center for Economic Development Publications. 48.

Levine, Marc V., "Latino Milwaukee: A Statistical Portrait" (2016). Center for Economic Development Publications. 5.

Levine, Marc V., "Is Wisconsin Becoming a Low-Wage Economy?" (2014). Center for Economic Development Publications. 8.

Levine, Marc V., "Perspectives on the Current State of the Milwaukee Economy" (2013). Center for Economic Development Publications. 14.

Levine, Marc V., "The Skills Gap and Unemployment in Wisconsin: Separating Fact from Fiction" (2013). Center for Economic Development Publications. 18.

Levine, Marc V., "Race and Male Employment in the Wake of the Great Recession: Black Male Employment Rates in Milwaukee and the Nations Largest Metro Areas, 2010" (2012). Center for Economic Development Publications. 20.

Levine, Marc V. “La «classe créative» et la prospérité urbaine: mythes et réalités.” La classe creative selon Richard Florida: Un paradigme urbain plausible?. Ed. Tremblay, Rémy, and Tremblay, Diane-Gabrielle. Les Presses de l’Université du Québec, (2010): 87-112.

Levine, Marc V., "The False Promise of the Entrepreneurial University" (2009). Center for Economic Development Publications. 26.

Selected Recent Media and Interviews

What Happens When Milwaukee 53206 Residents Can't Go Where The Jobs Are (WisContext)

New Analysis Shows Challenges Milwaukee Faces (Wisconsin Public Television)

Report Highlights Major Economic Disparities In Milwaukee's 53206 (WUWM 89.7)

How Wisconsin is trying to head off a major worker shortage (PBS)

What's changed in America's most segregated city? (BBC)

Video: UW-Milwaukee economist questions Foxconn deal (Wisconsin State Journal)

Why Some People Live Where They Do, in Segregated Metropolitan Milwaukee (WUWM 89.7)

Measuring Black/White Segregation in Metro Milwaukee (WUWM 89.7)

Data Draws Link Between Metro Milwaukee's Segregation and Poverty (WUWM 89.7)

Milwaukee: America's Most Segregated City (New York Public Radio)

Milwaukee Neighborhoods Slid After Factory Jobs Vanished (Wall Street Journal)

Affluent and Black, and Still Trapped by Segregation (New York Times)

Milwaukee's staggering black-white economic divide (CNN)

The failure of economic development in Baltimore – and Milwaukee (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Health Problems Take Root in a West Baltimore Neighborhood That Is Sick of Neglect (New York Times)

Wisconsin's economy is nowhere near the 'head of the class' (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Baltimore: Behind the Potemkin Village, The Ghetto. An Interview with Marc Levine (Justice Spatiale | Spatial Justice)