Urban Studies 600 Capstone


Each spring semester students complete their senior capstone seminar course (Urb Std 600: Capstone Seminar in Urban Studies) as part of the last required course in the Urban Studies major. Capstone students over the course of the semester develop an original research project that demonstrates mastery of several Urban Studies learning goals. Since 2016, student research projects have focused on the Milwaukee area and address topics within the housing and community development subfields (e.g. gentrification, eviction, homelessness, public housing, fair housing, affordable housing, urban redevelopment, neighborhood/community development/change, urban agriculture, economic development/BIDs, transit, etc.). Research projects can have a contemporary or historical focus, and employ a variety of methodologies, from GIS to archival and ethnographic approaches. Capstone students present a poster of their research project at the annual Urban Studies Student Research Forum (suspended since the pandemic) and produce a high quality, article-length paper, some of which are published on this site beginning in 2022. In addition to being published here, one of the top three papers from the Capstone Seminar is selected each year by the e.polis editorial board and published under the Best Capstone Paper title as part of its annual issue.



Capstone Projects


Spatial Patterns in Affordable Housing: An Analysis of Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Developments in Milwaukee County, Dakota Crowell


‘Because of God’s Ideas': Faith & Food in Milwaukee, Colin Flanner

The BID Capital of the U.S: How Neoliberal Urban Governance Led to the Creation of Diverse BIDs in Milwaukee, Edgar Leon Gomez

Give-and-Take: The Potawatomi Hotel and Casino’s relationship to the City of Milwaukee, Sam Lopez

Walkable Communities: Understanding the Discourse of Walkability in American Cities, Rachel Oelsner

A case study on affordable housing developments In Milwaukee, Juan Olmos-Garcia

Building Bikes and City: The Relationship Between Harley-Davidson and Milwaukee, Sierra Osowski


The Rise of Political Fragmentation in Metropolitan Milwaukee, 1892-1935, Emmajean Snook


Race and Poverty Deconcentration in Metropolitan Milwaukee Housing Plans, Jordan Villegas

Institutions and Out-Of-State Investors: Homeownership and Rental Housing in Milwaukee, Henry Wehrs

Undergraduate Theses


A History of Mitchell Park in Three Eras: 1890-2021, Jack Rongstad