Dr. Theising’s Bio

Andrew Theising holds masters 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.  His research specialty area is urban politics, with particular emphasis in the effects of suburbanization on urban cores.  His major research has been in the area of industrial suburbs and their economic plight. His research has been used by media nationwide, including The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, and The Newshour with Jim Lehrer—the latter receiving an Emmy Award in 2009.  He is the author of the award-winning book Made in USA:  East St. Louis (Virginia Publishing, 2003) – the first comprehensive scholarly account of East St. Louis, Illinois, and companion book to the Emmy Award winning public television documentary of the same name.  The book is now in its second printing.  His second work is St. Louis Currents:  The Bi-State Region after a Century of Planning (Reedy Press, 2009), edited with Dr. Mark Abbott, which was released on DVD in 2009 and in print in 2010.  His third book, with Bill Nunes, was released in 2011:  Images of America:  East St. Louis.  (Arcadia Publishing, 2011)  Dr. Theising is a contributor to a fourth book, The Making of an All-America City:  East St. Louis at 150 (Mark Abbott, editor) (Virginia Publishing, 2011).

Dr. Theising has extensive practical experience working with local, state, and federal governments. He has contributed to major studies and plans for the region’s largest governments: the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, as well as many community institutions.  Dr. Theising has managed projects for the United States Environmental Protection Agency designing smart growth codes for urban governments and addressing urban pollution problems. He also has extensive experience in nonprofit sector management.

Dr. Theising teaches courses in urban politics and public administration in the Political Science Department at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where he also serves as Director of the SIUE Institute for Urban Research.  He was a 2007 recipient of the SIUE Teaching Recognition Award.  He has been a member of the American Political Science Association, the Midwest Political Science Association, the Urban Affairs Association, the St. Louis chapter of the American Statistical Association, and the Greater East St. Louis Chamber of Commerce. 

He is no good at fishing, but enjoys it very much, and is an even worse golfer.  He lives in St. Louis and enjoys local history.  Dr. Theising’s family has lived in the St. Louis/Southern Illinois area for over 150 years.