Confluence (2): Building Trust and Participation in St. Louis County

Project Objective

This project is designed with the two-fold aim of (1) identifying the issues specific to the St. Louis county electorate that reduce public trust and participation and (2) developing a slate of targeted policy and project recommendations.

Project Leaders

University of Illinois, Chicago

Semih Patan is a Ph.D. candidate at the department of political science at UIC and specializing in comparative politics and urban politics fields. Before coming to UIC, he received a BA degree in International Relations from Istanbul Bilgi University and an MA degree in Turkish Studies from Sabanci University. His research interests include opposition strategies, local politics, and trust in authoritarian regimes, democratization, and legislative violence.

University of Illinois at Chicago

Clendenen's research focuses on the politics of material heritage. Overarching themes of Clendenen's last writings include the development of national identities in the rural-urban divide. Clendenen provides fundraising consultation for non-profit organizations, including heritage and architectural preservation groups.