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Evan McKenzie, PhD

Department Head and Professor

Political Science


Building & Room:

1126C BSB


1007 W. Harrison Street

Office Phone:

(312) 413-3782


Fields of interest:

Urban Politics; Public Law; American Politics

Selected Publications

Dennis Judd, Evan McKenzie, and Alba Alexander (eds.) 2021. Private Metropolis: The Eclipse of Local Democratic Governance. University of Minnesota Press

McKenzie, Evan. 2021. “Chicago’s ‘Deconversion’ Waves and the Fragility of Condominium Associations,” in Randy Lippert (ed.), Condominium Governance and Law: Global Urban Perspectives. London: Routledge.

McKenzie, Evan. 2019. “Private Covenants, Public Laws, and the Financial Future of Residential Private Governments.” The UIC John Marshall Law Review 52:3, 715-739. Spring.

McKenzie, Evan. 2012.  “Urban Segregation and Enclaves,” in Karen Mossberger, Susan E. Clark, and Peter John (eds.)  The Oxford Handbook of Urban Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 350-365.

McKenzie, Evan. 2011. Beyond Privatopia: Rethinking Residential Private Government. Washington, DC: Urban Institute Press

McKenzie, Evan. 1994. Privatopia: Homeowner Associations and the Rise of Residential Private Government. (Yale University Press, 1994). Winner of American Political Science Award for Best Book in Urban Politics.

Notable Honors

1996-97, Faculty Fellowship, Great Cities Institute

1995, Best Book on Urban Politics Award, American Political Science Association


PhD University of Southern California, 1989

JD University of California at Los Angeles Law School, 1975

Professional Memberships

Former member of UIC Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

Former member of Governing Council of Urban Politics Section, American Political Science Association.

Former Chair of Oak Park Township Youth Services committee.

Former Member of Board of directors of Oak Park Regional Housing Center.

Research Currently in Progress

Multiple-function special districts as substitutes for municipalities.

Privatization of public infrastructure.

Public policy and common interest housing.