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Teresa Córdova, Ph.D.

Director and Professor

Great Cities Institute and CUPPA


Building & Room:

417 CUPPA Hall, MC 107


412 S. Peoria St., Suite 400

Office Phone:

(312) 355-3803

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Teresa Córdova is the director of the Great Cities Institute( CGI) and a Professor of Urban Planning and Policy (CUPPA) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Cordova received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkley, in 1986.

Córdova has been an elected and appointed member and/or chair of national, regional and local boards, commissions and steering committees of federal, regional, county and city governments, community development corporations, grassroots organizations, editorial boards, research centers, professional associations, planning organizations, policy groups, civic and advisory councils, coalitions, and campus committees. She has been instrumental in affecting economic development policy and projects, the provision and design of infrastructure, local governance, and neighborhood change. As an applied theorist, political economist, and community-based planner, Professor Córdova approaches her work as a scholarship of engagement in which research, pedagogy, and service are integrated. Throughout her career, Teresa has engaged with communities outside the university and is an expert in community/university partnerships. Her analysis of global/local dynamics, including impacts of global economic restructuring and community development, informs her work.


Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Sociology, 1986
M.A. University of California, Berkeley, Sociology, 1979
B.A. University of Denver, Sociology, 1974