Michael A. Pagano is Dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago, professor of public administration, Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and former co-editor of Urban Affairs Review (2001-14). He is Project Director of an annual conference, the UIC Urban Forum, designed to address contemporary urban problems. He has published nine books, including Metropolitan Resilience in a Time of Economic Turmoil, Terra Incognita, Cityscapes and Capital, and The Dynamics of Federalism, and over 100 publications on urban finance, capital budgeting, federalism, infrastructure, urban development and fiscal policy. Since 1991, he has written the annual City Fiscal Conditions report for the National League of Cities and recently completed a 4-year project on the Fiscal Policy Space of Cities funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to research city fiscal behavior and city financial adaptations during the Great Recession. He earned his BA from the Pennsylvania State University and his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin.