47th Annual Conference | April 19 – 22, 2017 | Minneapolis, MN USA | Hyatt Regency Minneapolis Hotel | #UAA2017 | urbanaffairsassociation.org | urbanaffairsassociation.org/conference/

Paper Presenters - Submit your paper to your panel’s moderator by April 3, 2017

Thursday, April 20 • 10:50am - 12:15pm
TH10.50.17 Enduring Urban Injustice: How the State of Nevada Deals Las Vegas a Losing Hand

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This panel will discuss the social, political and economic relationship between the state of Nevada and Las Vegas, its largest metropolitan area. The research shows that one of the nation’s most diverse metropolitan areas is being systematically shortchanged by a rural-focused state capitol in Carson City. Given that Las Vegas is now a majority-minority metropolis, and the rest of the State is mostly white, this creates one of the most significant State-level social inequity racial dynamics in America. A team of researchers at UNLV are organized to identify, catalog, and ultimately offer solutions to ameliorate long standing discriminatory actions by the Nevada state government. In particular, the panelists reveal issues of race, space, political economy and governance. Panelists will offer creative ways to rectify resource inequality in Las Vegas via political action that coalesces regional interests and prioritizes legislative mandates for change.

The Political Economy of Nevada’s Geography
David Damore, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Growing Pains and Capitol Gains: The Impact of Population Growth on Local Governance in Southern Nevada

Karen Danielsen, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Education Governance and Urban Representation in Nevada: Challenges and Solutions

Magdalena Martinez, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Caitlin Saladino, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Favoring the North: How Nevada Emphasized Economic Development Efforts in Reno Over Las Vegas
Robert Lang, University of Nevada, Las Vegas


Robert Lang

UNLV/Brookings Mountain West

Magdalena Martinez, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Dr. Magdalena Martinez is an assistant professor in the department of Public Policy and Leadership, College of Urban Affairs, and Director of Education Programs with The Lincy Institute. Her areas of expertise include education policy, leadership, access and equity for underrepresented... Read More →


Thursday April 20, 2017 10:50am - 12:15pm
Greenway Ballroom-E (2nd Floor)