Stephanie R Ryberg (Stephanie), Ph.D.
 Title: Int Assoc Director & Professor
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, Qualitative Methods, Case Studies
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 a Professor of Urban Affairs & Planning at the Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs in the Levin College of Public Affairs and Education at Cleveland State University. Her research explores the complex 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 social inclusion in preservation. Dr. Ryberg-Webster's recently published book, Preserving the Vanishing City, explores the history of historic preservation in Cleveland during the 1970s and early 1980s, as urban disinvestment escalated. Her current research focuses on analyzing the relationship and narratives around contemporary historic districts and 1930s-era redlining, exploring the role of home rehabilitation lending on elderly residents, and DEI efforts in arts and cultural districts. She is also a member of the research team for the Place, Arts, and Cultural Systems (PACS) Lab, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Dr. Ryberg-Webster teaches courses in urban planning, historic preservation, architectural history, urban design, and contemporary urban issues. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Historic Preservation from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Urban Planning from the University of Cincinnati.
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? What are the synergies and tensions between preservation and social justice and equitable development? And, how is preservation supporting and/or discouraging the development of livable neighborhoods for all people?
Teaching Areas:
Historic preservation
Architectural history
Urban planning
Qualitative research methods
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:
Planning Consultant, North American Port Infrastructure, LLC.
Landscape Historian, National Park Service, Cultural Landscapes Program.
Associate Planner, Trkla, Pettigrew, Allen & Payne, Inc.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Planner, Walt Disney Imagineering.
Urban Designer, Moule & Polyzoides, Archtiects & Urbanists.
University Service:
Historic Preservation Certificate Coordinator, 2013 - present
Curriculum Committee, 2015 - 2017, 2018 - present(chair)
Levin College Faculty Affairs Committee, 2019 - present
Honors Council, 2018 - present
Admissions & Standards, 2018-2019
Faculty Senate, 2016 - 2017
E-Learning Committee, 2015-2016
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
Graduate Petitions & Standards, 2016 - 2017
Faculty Search Committee (Economic Development), 2015-2016
Faculty Search Committee (Lecturer in Urban Planning), 2015-2016
Faculty Search Committee (Neighborhood & Community Development), 2013-2014
Faculty Search Committee (College Lecturer), 2010-2011
Professional Service:
Advisor, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Affordability and Risk of Displacement in Historically African American Neighborhoods project, 2018 - present
Board of Directors, Society for American City and Regional Planning History, 2017 - present
Legacy City Preservation National Conference Planning Committee, 2017 - 2018
Co-Chair, Local Host Committee, Society for American City and Regional Planning History 2017 conference, 2015 - 2017
Program Committee, Society for American City and Regional Planning History 2014-2015
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, Working Group on Policy Statement for Historic Preservation and Rightsizing, 2015-2016
Participant, Legacy Cities Design Workshop/Bruner Loeb Forum, November 2013
Community Service:
Trustee, Cleveland Restoration Society (2012 - present)
Executive Committee, Cleveland Section (Ohio APA)(2012-2016, 2019 - present)
Shaker Heights Landmark Commission (2019 - present)
Research Grants:
Restoring the Rustbelt: Histories of Historic Preservation in Cleveland, Ohio." Funded by Cleveland State University, Faculty Scholarship Initiative and the Center for Architecture Foundation's Arnold W. Brunner Grant.
"Preservation Innovations in Cleveland¿s St. Clair Superior Neighborhood." Funded by Cleveland State University, Civic Innovation Grant.
"Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit Economic Impact Study." Funded by Ohio Development Services Agency.
"Action Agenda for Historic Preservation in America¿s Legacy Cities." Funded by National Trust for Historic Preservation, Kohler Fund.
"Historic Preservation in America¿s Legacy Cities Convening." Funded by the Cleveland Foundation, George Gund Foundation, The Ohio Humanities Council, and Cleveland State University.