Janice Bockmeyer
Associate Professor
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Ph.D., The Graduate Center, City University of New York (Political Science)
M.A., The Graduate Center, City University of New York (Political Science)
B.A., University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Political Science)


Janice Bockmeyer is Associate Professor in the Political Science Department. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor before arriving in New York City where she completed her graduate work in Political Science (PhD, Graduate Center of the City University of New York, 1994). Dr. Bockmeyer’s research interests are in comparative urban politics, governance, and urban community-level political participation. Before coming to John Jay College she performed site research in Berlin and taught at the Free University - Berlin. She studies both German and American cities, including Berlin, Hamburg, Dortmund, New York City, Baltimore, and Detroit. She is currently conducting research on community nonprofit organizations and philanthropic foundations' activism in American urban planning policies. Her research on the politics of ‘right-sizing’ Detroit appears as “Shrinking cities, growing adversaries: The politics of territory for community nonprofits in ‘shrinking city’ planning processes,” in Schools and Urban Revitalization: Rethinking Institutions and Community Development (Eds. K. L. Patterson & R. M. Silverman, Routledge). Professor Bockmeyer gives classes on comparative urban politics, urban politics, New York City politics, state and local government and is a faculty sponsor for the CUNY/Edward T. Rogowsky Public Affairs Internship Program for internship in New York City, Albany and Washington, D.C. She has served on the Executive Committee of the American Political Science Association Urban Section and is active in the Urban Affairs Association.

Courses Taught

Comparative Urban Political Systems, Urban Politics, State and Local Government and Politics, Colloquium for Research in Government and Politics - Private Organizations That Make Public Policy, Senior Seminar in New York City Politics, Seminar and Internship in New York City Politics, Introduction to American Government and Politics



Professional Memberships
Urban Affairs Association (UAA) American Political Science Association (APSA), Urban Politics Section International Political Science Association (IPSA)
Scholarly Work

Book Project: Community Governance without Government: Shrinking Urban Democracy in Detroit Future City (Working Title).

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles and Chapters:

Bockmeyer, Janice. 2014. “Shrinking Cities, Growing Adversaries: The Politics of Territory for Community Nonprofits in ‘Shrinking City’ Planning Processes.” In Schools and Urban Revitalization: Rethinking Institutions and Community Development, edited by Kelly L. Patterson and Robert M. Silverman, 28-53. New York: Routledge.

Gittell, Marilyn, Kathe Newman, Janice Bockmeyer and Robert Lindsay. 2012. "Expanding Civic Opportunity: Urban Empowerment Zones." In Activist Scholar, edited by Ross Gittell and Kathe Newman. Thosand Oaks: Sage Publication. [Reprint from Urban Affairs Review 33 (4): 530-558].

Bockmeyer, Janice. 2007. "Building the Global City - The Immigrant Experience of Urban Revitalization." In Governing Cities in a Global Era: Urban Innovation, Competition and Democratic Reform, edited by Robin Hambleton and Jill Simone Gross, 177-188. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Bockmeyer, Janice. 2006. “Social Cities and Social Inclusion: Assessing the Role of Turkish Residents in Building the New Berlin.” German Politics and Society 24: 49-76.

Bockmeyer, Janice. 2006. "A Culture of Walls: Diversity and Divisions in the New Berlin." In Toward a New Metropolitanism: Reconstituting Public Culture, Urban Citizenship, and the Multicultural Imaginary in New York City and Berlin, edited by Guenter Lenz, Friedrich Ulfers and Antje Dallmann, 185-201. Heidelberg: Universitaetsverlag Winter.

Bockmeyer, Janice. 2003. “Devolution and the Transformation of Community Housing Activism.” Social Science Journal 40: 175-188.

Bockmeyer, Janice. 2000.  “A Culture of Distrust: The Impact of Local Political Culture on Participation inthe Detroit EZ.” Urban Studies 37: 2417-2440.

Research Summary

Prof. Bockmeyer’s current research focuses on the impact of changing political institutions in so-called ‘shrinking cities’ in the American Midwest. She is particularly interested in how these changes affect political participation by urban community nonprofit organizations. Her research on Detroit nonprofits is supported by two PSC-CUNY Research Awards, a John Jay OAR Enhanced Travel Award, and a Senior Scholar Release Program Award. She has presented early findings at Urban Affairs Association, the American Political Science Association, and Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Annual Meetings. In January, 2015 she gave an invited talk at the University of Michigan, Urban and Regional Planning Department entitled, "When Foundations Do Planning: Assessing Impacts on Community Nonprofits and Governance in Detroit Future City."  She also published a book chapter titled, “Shrinking Cities, Growing Adversaries: The Politics of Territory for Community Nonprofits in ‘Shrinking City’ Planning Processes,” in Schools and Urban Revitalization: Rethinking Institutions and Community Development, edited by K. L. Patterson and R. M. Silverman (2014, New York: Routledge).