Bob Gleeson and Bill Bowen have been faculty colleagues, friends, and co-authors at Cleveland State University's nationally ranked Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs since Bob arrived at CSU in 2014. Bob serves as Professor and Albert A. Levin Chair of Urban Studies & Public Service. Bill recently changed his status to Professor Emeritus after 32 years.
Bill is a regional scientist who specializes in public sector decision-making and problem solving in regional economic development, energy policy, environmental issues, and higher education. Bob is an urban historian and policy analyst trained to use historical knowledge to frame contemporary policy issues to help inform and improve public policy. They are co-authors of The Evolution of Human Settlements: From Pleistocene Origins to Anthropocene Prospects (Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).
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