Stephanie R Ryberg (Stephanie), Ph.D.
 Title: Assoc Professor & MUPD Dir
Historic Preservation Certificate Coordinator
 Dept: Urban Studies
 Office: UR 319
 Phone: 216-802-3386
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. UR 319, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Historic Preservation, Community Development, Neighborhood Revitalization, Neighborhood Planning, Urban Revitalization, Preservation Planning, Main Street, Rehabilitation Tax Credits, Planning History
Ph.D., City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania, 2010
M.A., City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania, 2010
M.H.P., Historic Preservation, University of Maryland, 2004
B.U.P., Urban Planning, University of Cincinnati, 2001
Brief Bio:
Stephanie Ryberg-Webster is an Associate Professor of Urban Studies in the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. Her research broadly explores the intersections of historic preservation and urban development, including preservation (and demolition) in legacy cities, synergies and tensions between preservation and community development, federal and state historic rehabilitation tax credits, and the preservation of Cleveland's African American heritage. Dr. Ryberg-Webster is also studying the history of historic preservation in Cleveland during the 1970s, as urban disinvestment escalated. Dr. Ryberg-Webster teaches courses in urban planning, historic preservation, urban design, and contemporary urban issues. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010, with a dissertation analyzing community development corporations' past and current use of historic preservation as a neighborhood revitalization strategy across four cities (Cleveland, Houston, Providence and Seattle). Dr. Ryberg-Webster also holds a Master of Historic Preservation from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Urban Planning from the University of Cincinnati.
Honors and Awards:
Doctoral Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, 2006-2007, 2007-2008, and 2008-2009

Robert S. Birch Student Travel Award, 2009 (for the paper, "Preservation in Providence's South Side: Greater Elmwood Neighborhood Services' Revitalization Efforts, 1978-2008" presented at the 2009 Society for American City & Regional Planning History Conference)

University of Pennsylvania Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA) Travel Grant, 2008 (for the paper, "Community Organizing for Historic Preservation: Forty Years of Progress, 1967-2007" presented at the 2008 International Planning History Society Conference)

Keeper's Preservation Education Fund Fellows Travel Award, 2007 (for the paper, "Planning for the Future by Preserving the Past: Neighborhood Preservation in Cincinnati's Mt. Auburn and Pittsburgh's Manchester Neighborhoods," presented at the 2007 Society for American City & Regional Planning History Conference)
Research Interests:
Dr. Ryberg-Webster's research focuses on the planning and revitalization of older, urban communities with the goal of exploring the multi-dimensional nature of urban revitalization and historic preservation. The key questions that permeate her work include: How is preservation used as a revitalization tool and what are the effects on neighborhoods and downtowns? Who is choosing (or not choosing) to use preservation and what are their motivations? What is the spatial distribution of preservation activity in cities? In the past, how have planners, policymakers and others used preservation to spur revitalization? How can these historical narratives influence contemporary public policy?
Teaching Areas:
Urban planning
Historic preservation
Urban design
Urban studies
Professional Affiliations:
Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning
Society for American City and Regional Planning History
Urban Affairs Association
American Planning Association
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Cleveland Restoration Society
Professional Experience:
North American Port Infrastructure, LLC, Planning Consultant (July 2009 - Present)

National Park Service, Cultural Landscapes Program, Landscape Historian (June - December 2003; Washington, DC)

Trkla, Pettigrew, Allen & Payne, Inc., Associate Planner (September 2001 - August 2002; Chicago, IL)
University Service:
Co-Organizer, "Historic Preservation in America's Legacy Cities Convening," August 2012 - June 2014 (with Kathleen Crowther, Cleveland Restoration Society)

Graduation, Convocation and Assembly Committee (2011-2015)

Electronic Learning Committee (2015-present)
Professional Service:
Program Committee, Society for City and Regional Planning History (SACRPH) 2015 conference

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, Working Group on Policy Statement for Historic Preservation and Rightsizing, 2015-present

Participant, Legacy Cities Design Workshop/Bruner Loeb Forum, November 2013
Community Service:
Trustee, Cleveland Restoration Society (2012 - present)

Executive Committee, Cleveland Section (Ohio APA)(2012-present)