As the Director of the Institute for Urban Research at SIUE, Andy Theising leads the center in coordinating research projects that connect the University with the greater St. Louis community, especially the Metro East area. Theising is also an associate professor of political science and teaches courses in state and local government, public administration and ethics. 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.He has been a full-time faculty member at SIUE since 2002, and affiliated with the campus since 1996. In the past he has served as the Director of the East St. Louis Field Office, University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign East St. Louis Action Research Project and the Director of Public Policy Initiatives, FOCUS St. Louis (the region's citizens league).