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Sarah L. Coffin, Ph.D., ACIP

Associate Professor
College for Public Health and Social Justice

Program Director
Urban Planning and Development

Courses Taught

Foundations of Planning; Economic Development Policy and Practice; Capstone


Ph.D., City and Regional Planning, The Georgia Institute of Technology
Master of Urban Planning, Design and Development, The Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University

Research Interests

Brownfields; community development; local economic development; sustainable built environment; urban manufacturing.

Publications and Media Placements

  1. (In Press) Coffin, Sarah L. Tax Increment Financing and Concentrated Affluence: A Question of Capacity in St Louis County Missouri. in The Unfinished Business of the Civil Rights Movement: A Policy Agenda for Housing and Urban Development New York: Oxford Press. Molly Metzger and Henry S. Webber eds.

  2. (2015) Ganning, Joanna P.; Sarah L. Coffin; Benjamin. McCall; Kathleen Carson. The State of Practice and Web Development for Regional Data Portals. Journal of Urban Technology. 21:4 pp 125-139.

  3. (2014) Coffin, Sarah L. The Promises and Pitfalls of TIF in the St Louis Metropolitan Region: A Look at Neighborhood Disparities. Saint Louis University Public Law Review. 33 pp 55-78.

Honors and Awards

  • Visiting Scholar, Urban Housing Lab, University of Sydney, Australia - July 2017

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • American Institute of Certified Planners
  • International Urban Planning and the Environment Association, Co-Chair
  • Urban Affairs Association
  • Urban Land Institute

Community Work and Service

  • Gateway Greening, Advisory Board Member
  • St. Louis Metro Chapter of the American Planning Association, Board Member
  • St. Louis Regional Data Exchange, Founder
  • Union Communion Ministries, Board Member