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Meet the Staff

The IUR is an important part of SIUE, and is a key mechanism for advancing SIUE's research capacity, while connecting the University with the greater St. Louis community.


Andrew Theising, Ph.D., Director

Theising is an associate professor of political science and teaches courses in state and local government, public administration and ethics. He has been a full-time faculty member at SIUE since 2002, and affiliated with the campus since 1996.


  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 1997

Professional Memberships

  • American Political Science Association
  • Midwest Political Science Association
  • Urban Land Institute
  • Urban Affairs Association
  • Greater East St. Louis Chamber of Commerce

Published Work
Theising is author of the award-winning book Made in USA: East St. Louis (2003, Virginia Publishing) as well as numerous papers and articles on industrial suburbs, economic development and urban problems. His work has been used by media nationwide, including The Atlantic Monthly and The New York Times.

Previous Experience

  • Director, East St. Louis Field Office, University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign East St. Louis Action Research Project
  • Director, Public Policy Initiatives, FOCUS St. Louis (the region's citizens league)

Hugh N. Pavitt, MPA, Research Associate

Pavitt works extensively in survey research, providing survey and database design/management, data collection and data analysis services to a wide range of clients including SIUE administration and faculty, as well as to the University's external clients in Illinois and Missouri.


  • Master of Public Administration, SIUE
  • Post-graduate diploma, Business Management and Marketing, College of Estate Management at Reading University, Reading, England
  • Bachelor of Science, Urban Land Economics, Sheffield-Hallam University, Sheffield, England
Member, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Previous Experience

  • Research Associate, Center for Organizational Research and Development, SIUE
  • Regional Manager, Colley's Professional Services (a nationwide real estate services company based in London)
  • Department Manager, Andrew Butler and Co., Nottingham, England

Pavitt's previous experience includes the development and implementation of organizational assessments, program evaluations and needs assessments, survey research, environmental scanning, wage and benefit studies, jobs evaluation, team building, and strategic planning. He also has several years of experience as a real estate appraiser and has been involved extensively in quality assurance programs such as ISO 9000.


Howard Rambsy, Ph.D., East St. Louis Action Research Project Coordinator

Rambsy is an associate professor of english language and literature at SIUE. Rambsy specializes in 20th Century African American literature, the Black Arts Movement, Richard Wright, and textual scholarship. He became the coordinator for the East St. Louis Action Research project in 2013.


Heather Birdsell, Office Support Associate

Jon Jonathan Thurston, Graduate Research Assistant

Retired Staff

Rhonda Penelton, MPA, Research Associate
The IUR is grateful for 26 years of service to the campus and regional community.



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