Vladimir Kogan (Ph.D., U. C. San Diego, 2012) studies state and local politics in the United States. He is co-author of Paradise Plundered: Fiscal Crisis and Governance Failures in San Diego (Stanford University Press, 2011), which won the best book award from the Urban Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. In 2010, Kogan was the recipient of the Alma H. Young Emerging Scholar Award from the Urban Affairs Association. His research has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, Electoral Studies, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Political Communication, Rutgers Law Journal, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, and Urban Affairs Review. Kogan serves on the editorial board of Urban Affairs Review and is affiliated with OSU’s Democracy Studies Program, the Education Governance and Accountability Project, and Translational Data Analytics@OSU.