College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Faculty & Staff

Brady Collins

Dr. Brady Collins

MPA Director and Assistant Professor of Political Science

Office Phone: 909-869-3573
Office Location: 94-374
Office Hours: TuTh 2:15-4:15pm
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

FALL 2019
Demonstration and knowledge of theory and concepts addressed in core curriculum and exhibit an ability to apply their knowledge to problems and concerns in public administration, public service and public policy.
Selection and completion of a thesis under faculty supervision. Thesis is to be of substantial quality on a significant problem in the student’s major area of interest within political science. Work to be completed over two semesters in PLS 4610 and PLS 4620. Lecture and discussion. Required minimum of 120 hours. May be taken up to two times for a total credit of 6 units.


Collins, B. 2019 "The View From the Salad Bowl: Community Place Attachment in Multiethnic Los Angeles." Cities, 94: 256-274. (Link

Collins, B. 2018. “Putting Culture On The Map: Media Discourse and the Urban Growth Machine in Koreatown, Los Angeles.” Urban Affairs Review. (Link

Collins, B. 2018. “Whose Culture? Whose Neighborhood? Fostering and Resisting Neighborhood Change in the Multiethnic Enclave.” Journal of Planning Education and Research. (Link

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)