Greer Student Awards, 1999-present

Scott Greer Awards for Best Poster


Ashley ParkerAshley Parker (USP Major)
Undergraduate Best Poster Award
Ashley Parker’s poster: “Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s (SNAP) Impact in Food Deserts.”

Nélida CortésNélida Cortés (USP PhD student)
Graduate Best Poster Award
Nélida Cortés’ poster: “An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Increased Judicial Oversight and Court-Ordered Batterer Intervention Programming in Milwaukee County Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Cases: Preliminary Findings.”

Nicholas DeMarshNicholas DeMarsh (USP MS student)
Scott Greer Award for Outstanding Research in Urban Studies
Nicholas DeMarch’s paper: “Community Mobilization in Milwaukee: Creating Critical Mass to Address the Free-Rider Problem.”

Thanks to Margaret Wilder and the Urban Affairs Association (UAA) for providing award winners with free registration to the 2016 UAA Conference in San Diego.


Louis GlotfeltyLouis Glotfelty (USP Major)
Undergraduate Best Poster Award
Louis Glotfelty’s poster: “Regionalism: Twin Cities vs Milwaukee”

Michael ZhouMichael Zhou (USP Major)
Undergraduate Honorable Mention Poster Award
Michael Zhou’s poster: “Gentrification in Shanghai”

Graduate Awards

Medhi NejatbakhshBest Master’s Poster:
Mehdi Nejatbakhsh – Title: “Rising Cosmopolitanism among the New Generations: Growing Up with Global Ties.” Medhi is currently a researcher for the Urban Ecology Center where he conducts park use surveys, digitizes and analyzes (GIS) at the Riverside Park branch. He also participates in citizen education programs on environmental issues.

Ashkan Rezvani NaraghiBest Doctoral Poster:
Ashkan Rezvani Naraghi – Title: “Constructing the Virtual and Material Public Spaces: The Cases of ‘We are All Khaled Said’ Facebook Page and Tahrir Square during Egypt 2011 Revolution”

Thanks to Margaret Wilder and the Urban Affairs Association (UAA) for providing
award winners with a monetary prize and free registration to the 2015 UAA conference in Miami.


Scott LetteneyMr. Scott R. Letteney is a doctoral student in Urban Studies. He graduated from UWM with a Bachelor of Arts degree, in Political Science, in 1985 and received a Juris Doctorate from Marquette University Law School in 1988, where he was a member of the law review. He was awarded a Master of Public Administration degree, with a municipal management concentration, from UWM in 2011. In his full-time professional life, he is the Deputy City Attorney for the City of Racine and the elected Municipal Judge for the Town of Geneva, and a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, having served 21 years as a judge advocate on active-duty and as a reservist.


George PapakisGeorge Papakis received the “Scott Greer Award for Outstanding Urban Research” for his paper: The Sobering Realities of the 2004 Olympics: Fiscal Crisis and the Privatization of Land. Mr. Papakis is a Dissertator in the PhD program in Urban Studies at UWM. He is also a T.A.-Instructor in Urban Studies and currently teaches Urban Studies 250-Exploring the Urban Environment. He plans to return to Greece this summer to complete his dissertation research.


Sara KhorshidifardSara Khorshidifard received the “Scott Greer Award for Outstanding Urban Research” for her paper: Genuine, Protean, Ad Hoc Public Spaces: Patogh-Space Networks of Tehran. Sara is a PhD candidate in the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at UWM. She holds a continuous Master in Architecture and also has a Master of Arts in Landscape Architecture from Tehran University. Her overarching research concentration is on “urban public space theory and design” and “place-making.” Her PhD dissertation introduces “protean space” metaphor as creative, genuine, and democratic network of socially constructed public spaces in cities and inquires about the possibility of the role(s) that architects, urban planners and designers as well as landscape architects can play in the creation of these “protean spaces.”

Nichole YunkNichole Yunk received the “Scott Greer Award for Outstanding Urban Research” for her paper: “Non-Urgent Pediatric Emergency Department Visits: A Qualitative Analysis of Caregiver and Physician Perspectives.” Nichole is an Administrator at Wisconsin Community Services, a large non-profit agency in Southeastern Wisconsin that works with persons who are involved in, or at risk for involvement in, the criminal justice system. Nichole actively participated in the reauthorization of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965 as a National Field Organizer for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Washington Legislative Office from 2005 to 2006, and served as the Youth Affairs Director for the ACLU of Wisconsin from 2000 to 2005, where she directed statewide public education programs and provided advocacy to Wisconsin youth. She holds her Master of Science degree in Urban Studies and Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Africology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.


Nichloas PapakisNicholas Papakis received the “Scott Greer Award for Outstanding Urban Research” for his paper: We Come from the Future: Authoritarianism and Urban Unrest in the Age of Neoliberalism. Niko is a Master’s student in Urban Studies at UWM. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. Niko currently works in the Geography Department at UWM as a Program Assistant.


Peter JaneckyPeter R. Janecky received the Scott Greer Award for Outstanding Urban Research for his paper: “The Open Housing Debate in Milwaukee, 1967: A Multidimensional Analysis of Public Discourse on Residential Discrimination.” Peter is a doctoral student in the History Department. Peter is currently an independent historian, and lives in Racine, Wisconsin. Read his Journal of Urban History article, “Opposing Forces: The ‘Open Housing’ Debate among Citizens, the Daily Press, and the Mayor in Milwaukee, 1967-1968.”

Nicholas HoffmanNicholas J. Hoffman was honored for his paper: “Miniature Demons: Transformations of the Unskilled in Milwaukee’s Glass Industry, 1880-1922.” Nicholas graduated from UW-Milwaukee in May, 2007 with a Masters degree in History, a specialization in public history and a certificate in museum studies. Nicholas also has a Bachelors degree in History from UW-Milwaukee. His research interests include a social history of the Upper Midwest, primarily local and community history. He is currently researching a community of glassworkers that resided in Bay View around the intersection of Howell, Kinnickinnic, and Lincoln Avenues. Nicholas was the Director and Curator of the Elkhart County Historical Society in Bristol, Indiana, and is currently the Chief Curator at the History Museum at the Castle in Appleton, Wisconsin.


Joshua LangJoshua Lang was honored for his paper “Challenges to the Urban Growth Machine: The Case of Light Rail in Milwaukee.” Josh was born and raised in Milwaukee and received both his Bachelors’ and Masters’ degrees in Sociology from UW-Milwaukee. This fall Josh will be a Ph.D. student his graduate studies in the Urban Studies Doctoral program. Josh’s research interests center around urban policy with a focus on urban development, education and poverty. Prior to his current position as a research assistant in the Office of Applied Gerontology, Josh worked as a teaching assistant in the Department of Sociology, a research assistant in the Department of Geography and for the Center on Age and Community. Through his work in the Office of Applied Gerontology, Josh has begun to take a greater interest in issues regarding long term care and may pursue research focusing on policy that affects older Americans.

Ozgur AvciÖzgür Avci received Honorable Mention at this year’s USP Student Forum for his paper, “The Impact of Habitus in the Construction of Black Identity.” He is currently an assistant professor at the Middle East Technical College in Turkey.


Scott CanevittScott Canevitt was honored for his paper “The Scholarly Development of Social Control: A Historical Examination.” Currently a doctoral student in Urban Studies, Scott Canevit was born in Columbus, Georgia, and lived in several states in the South during his childhood. He enlisted in US Army Reserves in 1984 and for Active Duty in 1987 serving a total of fifteen years. During his service, he was a military policeman and was stationed in various duty locations such as Texas, the Republic of Turkey, the Republic of Panama, Bosnia, as well as North Carolina, and performed an array of duties such as police patrol, nuclear weapons custody security, desk sergeant, personal security for VIPs, and squad leader. After leaving the Army as a disabled veteran in 1999, he pursed degrees in criminal justice and sociology at Methodist College in Fayetteville, North Carolina graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2001. He earned an MS. in criminal justice at UWM in 2003.

Phyllis SantacrocePhyllis Santacroce was honored for her paper “The Post World War II Veterans Housing Crisis: A Failed Vision for Public Housing.” Currently a doctoral student in Urban Studies, Phyllis Santacroce earned her BS in Secondary Education, with honors, from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1986. She earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from Marquette University in 1992 where she was a member of the law review and winner of the intra-mural moot court competition. She has worked as an assistant district attorney and in private practice. Currently she teaches Social Studies at Nicolet High School. Phyliis continues to work as a volunteer attorney completing research projects for the Guardian ad Litem division of Legal Aid of Milwaukee. Recently, she authored a chapter on “Termination of Parental Rights” for a legal treatise used by attorneys throughout the State of Wisconsin.


Lynn GranseeLynn Gransee received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UWM and worked in the State Division of Child and Family Service before starting her master’s degree in Urban Studies Forum in 2001. She has also earned a graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, served as the Student Forum coordinator in 2002, and began to study doctoral studies in URS and certificate in Aging after completion of the MS degree in May 2005.


Dan PaschDan Pasch received his bachelor’s degree from UW-LaCrosse in 1997 with a triple major in political science, history, and public administration. He worked as freelance computer Web site designer, spent two months as an intern with the Green Party in the German Federal Parliament, and traveled extensively in Asia, Southern American, Europe, and Australia before entering UWM’s master’s degree program in urban studies in the fall of 2001. In 2004, Pasch started work on his doctorate in sociology at the University of Notre Dame.


Greg CarmanGreg Carman is a 1972 graduate of UWM, majoring in history. He received a J.D. from Marquette University Law School in 1979, and spent the next 21 years as a local government lawyer as a local government lawyer in Appleton. He received his M.A. in history from UWM in 1999, started in the urban studies doctoral program in 2000, and is planning to take his prelims this summer. Carman received the Scott Greer Award for Outstanding Research for his paper, “The Third Migration: Milwaukee’s Belated Increase in African American Population.”


Lorna DilleyLorna J. Dilley has a B.A. in sociology from Xavier University and a master’s degree in sociology from Kent State University. Most recently, in her position as an urban studies graduate project assistant, she has been working with Professor Stacey Oliker conduction quantitative interviews with low-income women moving from welfare to work in Milwaukee. Dilley also has been involved in a study examining the impact of welfare reform run by Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation in Cleveland. Her main area of interest is race, class, and gender inequality, particularly the study of women, work, and welfare states. She received the Scott Greer Award for Outstanding Research for her paper, “Welfare Reform in Wisconsin: A Preliminary Look at One Measure of Child Well-being. Lorna is currently a Data Manager for Milwaukee Succeeds, part of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.”


Jeffrey HineJeffrey W. Hine holds a bachelor of Science in Experimental Psychology from Carroll College, a Master of Art in Experimental Psychology from the University of Kansas and a Masters of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the Urban studies PH.D. program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, completing a dissertation on telenuring. Professionally, he has worked as a market research analyst for the American Hospital Association and as a marketing statistician for the American Medical Association. He managed the marketing research departments for the Home Shopping Networking, Selected Financial Services, and Aurora Health Care. He is currently president of J. Hine & Associates, a marketing services consulting firm located in Waukesha, Wisconsin. His research interests include the history of nursing and the health care professions, the sociology of professions, and the comparative history of health care delivery systems in different countries.


Steve ByersSteve Byers entered a doctoral program in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Urban Studies Program after more than 30 years in the news business. He had most recently finished 27 years with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and earlier, the Milwaukee Journal. Byers is researching how minority and ethnic groups form communities and the famed City News Bureau of Chicago, a wire service providing local news to national and Chicago media. At the Milwaukee Journal, he was a reporter writing about business news, television, entertainment and lifestyle, health, travel magazines and weekend sections. When The Journal merged with the Sentinel, he became editor of the daily Cue section. He wrote several columns for The Journal, including Beer City, a column on beer that was nationally syndicated and appeared in 28 newspapers nationally. An expert on the brewing industry, his work has appeared in more than two dozen magazines nationally, and he was a featured expert on a series on that industry that ran on National Public Radio. He is a member of the Organization of American Historians, the American Sociology Association and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.