DEPARTMENT: WCSC - Washington Community Scholars' Center
POSITION: Assistant Director
DEPARTMENT: Applied Social Sciences Dept
POSITION: Assistant Professor
LOCATION: Washington Comm Scholars | n/a
PHONE: (202) 529-5378
Ryan Good teaches at the Washington Community Scholars’ Center (WCSC), EMU’s internship and urban studies program in Washington, DC. Ryan is an interdisciplinary urban scholar with teaching and research specializations in community development, urban geography, and the geography of race and poverty. He holds a PhD in Planning and Public Policy from Rutgers University.
Ryan’s research explores the politics of place, community-based political mobilization, and racialized geographies of inequality, with a specific focus on the implications of marketized education reforms for local communities. He has pursued research projects on community responses to school closures in Philadelphia, on private fundraising for Philadelphia public schools through neighborhood-based 501c3 organizations, and on the geographies of charter school expansion and gentrification in Washington, DC. Spanning geography, planning, and education policy, his work bridges a historic disconnect between community development and school reform that has hindered efforts to improve both schools and communities.
At WCSC, Ryan teaches courses in urban studies, community development, and vocational and career direction. In his teaching, he helps students engage and begin to make sense of the dramatic development that has transformed DC and the implications of these changes for people and communities across the city. Through seminars and course assignments, students explore DC neighborhoods and meet with community organizations that are fighting for affordable housing, economic justice, and the rights of lower-income communities of color in DC.
BA, Goshen College
MA, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
MA, Temple University
PHD, Rutgers University
Good, R. M. (2019). Neighborhood schools and community development: Revealing the intersections through the Philadelphia school closure debate. Journal of Planning Education and Research. doi: 10.1177/0739456X19839769
Teresa, B. F., & Good, R. M. (2018). Speculative charter growth in the case of UNO in Chicago. Urban Affairs Review, 54(6), 1107-1133.
Good, R. M. (2017). Histories that root us: Neighborhood, place, and the protest of school closures in Philadelphia. Urban Geography, 38(6), 861-883.
Good, R. M. (2017). Invoking landscapes of spatialized inequality: Race, class, and place in Philadelphia’s school closure debate. Journal of Urban Affairs, 39(3), 358-380.
Good, R. M., Rivero, J. J., & Zitcer, A. (2017). Confronting the challenge of humanist planning. Planning Theory & Practice, 18(2), 291-297.