Nisha J Mistry, Esq.
 Title: Ast Professor of Practice
 Dept: Urban Studies
 Office: UR 213
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. UR 213, Cleveland, OH 44115

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J.D., Law, Northeastern University School of Law
MSc. (With Distinction), City Design & Social Science, London School of Economics, Thesis: A Developmental Conceptualization of Land Banking in Cleveland
B.A. (Honors), Political Science, Minor in Psychology, Barnard College
Brief Bio:
Professor Mistry is an Assistant Professor of Practice at Cleveland State University, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Urban & Regional Studies and Public Administration. Her goal as an educator is to help students bridge classroom learning and practical experience across the diverse fields that shape life in cities.

Professor Mistry is a licensed attorney with 15 years of senior-level professional experience. She specializes in place-based economic inclusion and revitalization strategies, with a focus on cities and metropolitan regions. Her past roles have spanned public sector operational management, executive-level policy advising, consulting, and applied urban research. She has authored reports on urban reindustrialization strategy for Brookings Metro and is co-editor, with Professor Nestor Davidson, of Law Between Buildings: Emergent Global Perspectives in Urban Law (Routledge, 2017). Professor Mistry has served as an independent consultant to the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, among other clients.

Her previous positions include:

* Assistant Commissioner (appointed), Dept. of Small Business Services, City of New York
* Director, Urban Law Center, Fordham University School of Law
* Manager & Research Coordinator, Bloomberg Associates
* Manufacturing Policy Advisor, Dept. of Economic & Housing Development, City of Newark, New Jersey
* Staff Attorney/Law Graduate, Civil Division, Legal Aid Society of New York City

Her past distinctions include:

* Non-Resident Fellow, Brookings Metro (formerly Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program)
* Mayor's Office Fellow, City of Newark, New Jersey
* Visiting Fellow, Rutgers University School of Business (Newark, NJ)

Professor Mistry was born in Newark, New Jersey and attended New York public schools. She speaks Gujarati, Hindi, and German.
Honors and Awards:
Graduate Merit Award (Merit-Based Tuition Scholarship), London School of Economics, 2008-2009;
Denise Carty-Bennia Memorial Bar Award, Northeastern University School of Law, 2007
Teaching Areas:
UST 200: Introduction to Urban Studies
UST 206: Megacities of Asia
UST 302: Contemporary Urban Issues
UST 489: Advanced Senior Seminar in Urban and Regional Studies
UST 634: Ethics in the Public Sector
Professional Affiliations:
Bar Admission: State of New York (2009)
University Service:
Master of Urban Planning & Development (MUPD) Steering Committee, 2023-Present; Curriculum Committee, Urban Affairs, 2023-Present; Ad Hoc Search Committee, Urban Affairs, Spring 2023
Community Service:
Spring 2024: Supervised students' Capstone fieldwork and project delivery in collaboration with the Cleveland Public Library (UST 489/Advanced Senior Seminar). Project: Cleveland Public Library Neighborhood Branches as Community Assets.

Spring 2023: Supervised students' Capstone fieldwork and project delivery in collaboration with the Trust for Public Land (UST 489/Advanced Senior Seminar). Project: Assessment of Park Equity in Cleveland.
Research Grants:
Levin Women's Research Fund Grant Awardee, Cleveland State University (2024-2025)