Jim Throgmorton is a professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Iowa. His work focuses on the roles of rhetoric, narrative, and conflict resolution in planning, especially with regard to making city-regions more just and ecologically sustainable. He received a B.A. in history from Notre Dame, a M.S. in community development from the University of Louisville, and a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from UCLA. He has worked in the public and private sectors as an environmental planner, consultant, and researcher, and has organized and moderated several symposia. The author of Planning as Persuasive Storytelling, he also co-edited Story and Sustainability and has published many articles in a range of scholarly journals. In the mid-1990s, he served as an elected member of the City Council in Iowa City. Since June 2008 has been writing a bi-weekly column for the Iowa City Press-Citizen.