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

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Education:
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, Barnard College
 
Brief Bio:
Professor Nisha Mistry is a licensed attorney and community economic development practitioner with 15 years of senior-level professional experience. Her work has spanned municipal operations management, strategic policy advising, consulting, and applied urban research. She has authored urban policy reports for Brookings Metro and, with Nestor M. Davidson, is co-editor 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, Brookings Metro/City of Newark, New Jersey
* Visiting Fellow, Rutgers University School of Business

Professor Mistry is an Assistant Professor of Practice at Cleveland State University, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in urban affairs and public administration. As an educator, she seeks to help students bridge classroom learning and practical experience across the diverse fields that shape cities.

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/Regional Studies
UST 634: Ethics in the Public Sector
 
Professional Affiliations:
Admitted to the New York State Bar, 2009
 
University Service:
Master of Urban Planning & Development Steering Committee, 2023-2024; Curriculum Committee, Urban Affairs, 2023-2024; Ad Hoc Search Committee, Urban Affairs, Spring 2023
 
Community Service:
Currently supervising students' Capstone fieldwork and project delivery for the Cleveland Public Library system (UST 489, Spring 2024). Supervised students' Capstone fieldwork and project delivery for the Trust for Public Land (UST 489, Spring 2023).