Faculty Bio: Lynn McCormick

Lynn McCormick Hunter Bio
Associate Professor

Room #:
1612A HW



community & economic development, employment policy & workforce development, policy analysis

Common Courses Taught

URBS 310 Methods in Research and Policy Analysis
URBP 700 Introduction to Urban Planning
URBG 74100 Employment Planning and Policies
URBG 787.88 Economic Development Workshop


Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning with a concentration in Regional Economic Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Before her doctorate, Lynn McCormick worked several years as a practicing planner in various agencies, such as the Chicago Housing Authority and the Massachusetts Office of Communities and Development. Her research focuses on community development in a global economic environment, economic development, industrial clusters, and immigrant entrepreneurship. Recent publications have looked at the role of business associations as workforce development intermediaries (with Joshua Hawley & Edwin Meléndez, EDQ, 2008) and how economic development goals have been integrated into sustainability plans in Chicago, NYC & LA (with Donovan Finn, Local Economy, 2010). Professor McCormick also engages in applied planning research (e.g., of NYC Chinatown’s Food-related Cluster with Rui Mao & Yichen Tu).

She has presented her work at professional conferences — the Association for Collegiate Schools of Planning, the American Geography Association, the Urban Affairs Association, the Regional Science Association — and elsewhere. Her work has been funded by organizations such as the Lincoln Land Institute, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Economic Policy Institute. Professor McCormick teaches courses on regional economic development and industrial policy, workforce development and employment policy, public policy analysis, and applied studios/workshops.