Ashley E. Nickels, Ph.D. is a democracy visiting faculty fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and Associate Professor in the School of Peace and Conflict Studies at Kent State University. Nickels is an interdisciplinary, public affairs scholar, working at the intersection of community development, urban governance, and civil society. Her teaching and research center on issues of power, civic and political engagement, and local democracy. Nickels received her Ph.D. in Public Affairs, with a specialization in Community Development, from Rutgers University-Camden.
Dr. Nickels is the author/co-editor of five books and is the author of numerous peer-reviewed chapters and articles. Her award-winning book, Power, Participation, and Protest in Flint, Michigan (Temple University Press, 2019), examines the ways Flint residents, groups, and organizations were able to participate politically—or not—during the city’s municipal takeovers in 2002 and 2011. She explains how new politics were created as organizations developed, new coalitions emerged and evolved, and people’s understanding of municipal takeovers changed. The book explores the policy history of, implementation of, and reaction to Flint’s two municipal takeovers, and highlights how the ostensibly apolitical policy is, in fact, highly political.
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