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Thomas Skuzinski

Assistant Professor, Urban Affairs and Planning (UAP)
Thomas Skuzinski
140 Otey St
Blacksburg, VA 24061
  • Ph.D., Urban and Regional Planning, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, 2015
  • M.S., Urban Planning, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, 2008
  • J.D., Michigan State University, 2006
  • B.S., Economics, Grand Valley State University, 2003
  • UAP 4344: Law of Critical Environmental Areas 
  • UAP 4754: Legal Foundations of Planning 
  • UAP 5554: Land Use Law & Planning


  • The Risk of Regional Governance: Cultural Theory and Interlocal Cooperation (Routledge, 2017). 


  • “Increasing the Understanding of Fiscal Impact Analysis to Help Real Estate Developers More Effectively Manage Process Risk,” with Dustin C. Read and Andrew R. Sanderford, Journal of Real Estate Literature 27(1): 53-66 (2019). 
  • “Land use decision-making in the wake of state property rights legislation: Examining the institutional response to Florida’s Harris Act,” with Evangeline Linkous, Land Use Policy 77: 603-612 (2018). 

Currently, I am studying how variation in deeply held cultural dispositions affects the policy preferences and behaviors of local elected officials in Michigan metropolitan areas, a process I term the cultural cognition of governance. In future work, I will expand beyond land use policy and consider the role of cultural cognition in shaping low-income housing and dependent elderly population policies. I will also be extending my work geographically to Virginia and internationally, creating the foundation for a Cultural Cognition of Policy lab.

  • Regional governance
  • Local governance
  • Interlocal cooperation
  • Land use