Director of the Graduate Program in City & Regional Planning, University of Memphis. Ken Reardon is a nationally recognized expert in service learning, civic engagement and collaborative or participatory action research. He previously was an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University, where he pursued research, teaching, and outreach in the areas of neighborhood planning, community development, and community/university development partnerships. Among Ken's most significant Cornell accomplishments was the completion of the Peoples’ Plan for Overcoming the Hurricane Katrina Blues: A Strategy for Building a More Vibrant, Equitable, and Sustainable 9th Ward in New Orleans.
Before joining the Cornell faculty in 2000, Ken served as an Assistant and Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign, where he established and directed the East St. Louis Action Research Project for nearly ten years, which received national awards. He believes in preparing students for participatory approaches to community problem-solving planning and design. His research interests focus on community-based planning in poor urban neighborhoods, alternative approaches to community development, and municipal government reform.
Ken is currently involved in an advocacy planning effort with the residents of Memphis in preserving the last remaining public housing project and the launch of Memphis’ first mobile food store – The Green Machine.