Laura Wolf-Powers is a Visiting Research Scholar at the Center for Urban Research at the City University of New York Graduate Center. She has served on the faculties of the University of Pennsylvania (2008-2015) and the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn (2002-2007), and from 2005-2007, she also chaired the graduate programs in planning, environmental management and historic preservation at Pratt Institute. Her work, which focuses on the institutional politics of neighborhood and city redevelopment on the influence of policy interventions on metropolitan labor markets, and on urban manufacturing policy, has been published in leading city planning and urban studies journals. She is currently engaged in research on New York City’s maker economy funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s program on Metropolitan Entrepreneurship. She is also conducting field work for a book about redevelopment politics and neighborhood publics in the transformation of West Philadelphia’s Lower Lancaster Corridor.