Scott Greer Awards for Outstanding Research
Mr. Jeff Eagan is the recipient of the "Scott Greer Award for Postgraduate Contribution to Urban Affairs." Mr. Eagan is currently a Senior Program Manager in the White House Council on Environmental Quality, assisting the Federal Environmental Executive in "greening the government." Previously, he served as a Program Coordinator for the US Department of Energy (DOE), most recently promoting sustainable environmental and energy practices for their Office of Environmental Policy and Assistance with a special focus on electronics stewardship or "green computing." Earlier in his career, he helped pass and administer the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Program Act, a four billion dollar entitlement to provide compensation and health care to DOE workers sickened by exposure to dangerous substances in the production of nuclear weapons. Mr. Eagan received the 2008 DOE CIO Managerial Excellence Award, the 2009 DOE Health, Security, and Safety Achievement Award, and most recently the 2010 Fed 100 Award for government-wide leadership. In Washington D.C., prior to his federal service, he was Executive Director of the Long Term Care Campaign, Field Director of the National Council of Senior Citizens, and Health Care Lobbyist for Public Citizen and Ralph Nader. Earlier in Wisconsin, he served as Executive Director for the East Side Housing Action Coalition (ESHAC), the Allied Council of Senior Citizens, and Citizen Action of Wisconsin. Mr. Eagan received his Master's degree in Urban Affairs from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in 1978. In the tradition of the late Distinguished Professor Scott Greer, Mr. Eagan, by his work and leadership in the community, embodies the highest goals of the Urban Studies Programs.
Postgraduate Achievement in Advancing Understanding of Urban Social Institutions
Dr. John Hagedorn is Professor of Criminology, Law, and Justice at the University of Illinois - Chicago and past Senior Research Fellow at the Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois - Chicago. Dr. Hagedorn has been studying gangs and violence for the past twenty-five years and is the author of many books and articles on the subject. His books include: A World of Gangs: Armed Young Men and Gangsta Culture (Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press, 2008) and People & Folks: Gangs, Crime, and the Underclass in a Rustbelt City (Chicago, Lakeview Press, 1998). He is co-editor of Female Gangs in America: Essays on Girls, Gangs, and Gender (Chicago, Lakeview Press, 1999) and edited Gangs in the Global City: Alternatives to Traditional Criminology (Champaign, University of Illinois Press, 2007). He was a Visiting Fellow at the UIC Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy in 2007, the Social Science Research Council Working Group on Youth in Organized Violence, 2004 - 2005, and a Great Cities Scholar, University of Illinois - Chicago, 2000 - 2001 & 2006. In addition, he created the website, www.gangresearch.net and currently teaches courses on gangs. He has received numerous awards and distinctions including the Hans Mattick Award for Distinguished Contributions to Criminology and the University of Illinois - Chicago Teaching Recognition Award. In 2000, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the UWM Alumni Association. He received his doctorate in Urban Studies in 1993 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In the tradition of the late Distinguished Professor Scott Greer, Dr. Hagedorn, by his scholarship and leadership, has truly demonstrated the spirit of the Urban Studies Programs.