Ric Kolenda

Ric Kolenda

Clinical Associate Professor
Dyson College of Arts and Sciences
41 Park Row


Faculty Bio

Ric teaches graduate-level public policy and public administration as a Clinical Associate Professor in Public Administration. He is also an experienced technology and nonprofit entrepreneur with the strong analytical skills developed as a Ph.D. in public policy. In addition to his academic work, Ric has written regular columns for mass-market weekly and monthly publications.

Awards and Honors

  • Helene and Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship, 2020, Faculty Fellowship, 2020-21


BS, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI

PhD, Georgia State University/Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
Public Policy

MA, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Urban Studies

Research and Creative Works

Research Interest

The economic geography of creative industries; urban inequality, equality of opportunity & socio-economic mobility; and twenty-first century employment structures.

Courses Taught

Past Courses

PAA 101: Public Admin & Its Environment
PAA 102: Organizational Planning
PAA 602: Organization Theory & Mgmt
PAA 603: Eco of Govt, Health, Nonprofit
PAA 606: Research Design for Admins.
PAA 607: Applied Data Analysis
PAA 615: Program Planning & Evaluation
PAA 616: Prjct Dvlpmnt & Grant Writing
PAA 632: Policy Studies
PAA 641: Municipal Management
PAA 642: Regional Planning
PAA 699: Capstone Project Seminar

Publications and Presentations


Are Central Cities More Creative? the Intrametropolitan Geography of Creative Industries
Kolenda, R. & Liu, C. Y. (2012). Journal of Urban Affairs. Vol 34 (Issue 5) , pages 487-512. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9906.2011.00593.x

Counting and Understanding the Contingent Workforce
Liu, C. Y. & Kolenda, R. (2012). Urban Studies. Vol 49 (Issue 5) , pages 1003-1025. https://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0042098011408139

Re-Creating New Orleans: Driving Development Through Creativity
Liu, C. Y., Kolenda, R., Fitzpatrick, G. & Todd, T. N. (2010). Economic Development Quarterly. Vol 24 (Issue 3) , pages 261-275. https://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0891242410364217


Gigging in a Post-Pandemic World: Lessons on the Future of Work from a Late-Pandemic Survey of Gig Workers
Kolenda, R. (2021). 43rd Annual Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Conference. Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management,

Professional Contributions and Service

Professional Memberships

  • American Society for Public Administration [Treasurer, NY Metro Chapter]

University Service

  • Faculty Handbook Committee [Committee Member]
  • Admissions and Retention Committee [Committee Member]

Professional Service

American Society for Public Administration New York Metropolitan Chapter [Officer, President/Elect/Past]