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Amanda Kass

PhD Candidate in Urban Planning and Policy, Associate Director of the Government Finance Research Center, University of Illinois at Chicago
Chapter Member: Chicagoland SSN
Areas of Expertise:
  • Public Health
  • Democracy & Governance
  • Economy

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About Amanda

Kass's academic research concerns the relationships between urban governance, financialization, and racial inequality. Her long-term research agenda involves exploring how certain places are made vulnerable through processes of accumulation by dispossession and the broader logics of capital. For her dissertation, Kass is exploring these topics by examining the evolution of institutional investor activity in the residential housing market after the 2007-2009 recession. In addition to being a doctoral candidate, she is the Associate Director at the Government Finance Research Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to her current position, she worked at the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability and University of Chicago.

In the News

Amanda Kass quoted on increasing pressure of pension obligations by Mary Hansen, "Springfield’s Shortfall Illustrates Broader Pension Problem" NPR Illinois, December 5, 2019.
Amanda Kass quoted on increasing pressure of pension obligations by Tim Jones and Jared Rutecki, "Pressure on Property Taxes Mounts for Towns across Illinois amid Pension Burden" Better Government Association, October 30, 2019.
Amanda Kass quoted on pension sustainability by Jamie Munks and Dan Petrella, "Hundreds of Small Pension Funds Statewide Face Troubling Debt. Is Consolidation the Way to Go?" Chicago Tribune, August 9, 2019.
"Looking At Pritzker's Pension Plan," Amanda Kass, Interview with Daisy Contreras, NPR Illinois, April 25, 2019.
"Why Illinois's Non-Budget is Actually the Worst Budget Ever," Amanda Kass, Chicago Magazine, May 30, 2018.
Amanda Kass quoted by Rummana Hussain, "Illinois Voters Approve ‘Safe Roads Amendment" Chicago Sun Times, November 8, 2016.
Guest to discuss the Mayor's 2014 pension plan on Chicago Tonight, Amanda Kass, April 1, 2014.


"Taking a Risk: Explaining the Use of Complex Debt Finance by the Chicago Public Schools" (with Martin J. Luby and Rachel Weber). Urban Affairs Review (2018).

Develops several explanations for local government risk-taking with the case study of the Chicago Public School's use of auction rate securities and interest rate swaps.