Jerry Anthony, associate professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning, UI Graduate College, and researcher in the Social and Education Policy Research Program, was awarded the 2019 Michael Brody Award for Service. He was nominated by Rangaswamy Rajagopal, professor of Geography. Dr. Anthony was recognized for his commitment to improving the quality of life for Iowans by expanding housing opportunities and eliminating disparities in urban and rural communities.
In 2003, Dr. Anthony co-founded the Housing Trust Fund of Johnson County, which has helped create more than 650 affordable housing options in the county and has become a successful model for similar programs around the state. He provides his students with real-world experience by engaging them in activities and projects on housing policy.
Peter Damiano, director of the Public Policy Center, writes in his letter of support for Anthony's nomination, "I am familiar with Jerry's wrok, as he has been an outstanding collaborator at the Public Policy Center. His policy research in housing affordability trends in Iowa, Iowa foreclosure trends, and racial segregation in Iowa metro areas has led to many resources for policy makers."
The Michael Brody Award for Service is awarded to faculty in a tenure-track, clinical-track, research-track or instructional-track position, whose service stands out as a set of exceptionally effective contributions to the University or its external constituencies, manifests exceptional imagination and dedication for improving the University or for meeting the needs of external constituents on its behalf, and extends over several years.