College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Faculty & Staff

Brady Collins

Dr. Brady Collins

Assistant Professor of Political Science

PHONE: 909-869-3573


OFFICE: 94-374

OFFICE HOURS: MW 4:00-6:00pm

Full CV

Academic Area

Public Policy, Urban Politics

Areas of Expertise

Community development, social capital, neighborhood politics, urban governance, civic engagement, qualitative methods

Research Statement

Brady Collins received his Ph.D in Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MA in Political Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Having spent several years as a policy advocate in the housing and labor movement in Los Angeles, much of his teaching and research is focused on Los Angeles, though he has also studied neighborhoods in Barcelona, Tokyo, and Shanghai. His areas of expertise are in community and economic development, civic engagement, ethnic enclaves, urban governance, and social capital. More generally, Brady’s research lies at the intersection of the spatial, sociocultural, and political aspects of urbanism, and seeks to forge new relationships between the built environment and local politics. He teaches courses on public administration, public policy, qualitative methods, and urban governance in Los Angeles.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 2016
  • MA, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2011
  • BA, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2009

Courses Taught

Qualitative methodologies to define, execute, monitor, evaluate public policies, programs. Use of theory to address public sector issues, need for collaboration; qualitative techniques; ethical randomization. Emphasis on problem-solving, actual applications; ethical use of information/analysis in serving diverse communities.
Group study of a selected topic, the title to be specified in advance.


Collins, B., and A. Loukaitou-Sideris. 2016. “Skid Row, Gallery Row, and the Space in-Between: Neighborhood Revitalization in Two Los Angeles Neighborhoods.” Town Planning Review, 87(4): 401-427. (Link)