(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A four-part documentary from PBS about unemployment, a segment of which dealt with the current economic impact in East St. Louis, recently won an Emmy Award and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Associate Political Science Professor Andrew Theising was a big contributor to the production. Theising, head of SIUE’s Institute for Urban Research and who has himself studied the political and economic issues in East St. Louis, was instrumental in making the PBS segment a reality by arranging interviews and making production suggestions as well as appearing on camera as an East St. Louis expert. The documentary—aired last spring—was part of what was then known as The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, now known as The PBS Newshour.
Theising’s research—concerning the area of industrial suburbs and their economic plight—has been featured in media nationwide including The Atlantic Monthly and The New York Times. He is author of the award-winning book, Made in USA: East St. Louis (Virginia Publishing, 2003), called the first comprehensive scholarly account of East St. Louis and companion book to the Emmy Award-winning PBS documentary of the same name. The book is now in its second printing. He recently finished St. Louis Currents: The Bi-State Region after a Century of Planning (Reedy Press, 2009), an eBook on DVD, co-edited with Mark Abbott, a professor of history in the Department of Urban Specializations at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis.
A member of the faculty in the SIUE Department of Political Science since 2002, Theising teaches courses in urban politics and public administration. He was a 2007 recipient of the SIUE Teaching Recognition Award and is a member of the American Political Science Association, the Midwest Political Science Association, the Southern Historical Association, the Urban Affairs Association, the St. Louis chapter of the American Statistical Association, and the Greater East St. Louis Chamber of Commerce. Theising holds master’s and doctoral degrees in political science from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he was a Pierre Laclede Honors Scholar and studied under internationally-respected urban scholar Dennis R. Judd.