Welcome from the Department Chair

Welcome to the Urban Policy and Planning website.

Our department was founded by the urban planner and activist Paul Davidoff in 1965, the same year that President Lyndon Johnson declared cities a national priority and created the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Johnson chose Dr. Robert Weaver as HUD’s first secretary, making Weaver the first African American to ever serve in a federal cabinet position. After leaving his post in Washington, Weaver, an economist by training, joined our department as a Distinguished Professor, where he taught for eight years. Proud of its distinct heritage, our department remains committed to the ideal of social justice that was so clearly enunciated by these two historic figures.

Whether they take courses in our interdisciplinary undergraduate urban studies program or pursue degrees in one of our two graduate programs, our students are committed to making cities better places to live for all people, especially those marginalized by poverty or discrimination. Our graduate program in urban planning remains one of the best in the nation, and our recently revamped graduate program in urban policy and leadership is well designed to equip professionals from a variety of disciplines to act as agents of change in cities here and abroad.

Take some time to get better acquainted with our faculty, programs, and activities. Our fourteen full-time faculty are actively engaged in teaching and cutting-edge research; our highly-qualified part-time practitioner-instructors are drawn from government and industry. The department returns to full in-person instruction at the Hunter Campus in the Fall of 2021. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you want to learn more.

Joseph P. Viteritti
Department Chair

Recent News & Activity

05.09.2022: Spring 2022 End of Semester Student Presentations [more]
05.06.2022: Book talk with UPP Adjunct Stefan Al on May 17 [more]
05.03.2022: UPP Prof. Nicholas Bloom on Affordable Housing [more]
04.20.2022: Lily B. Pollans Promoted to Associate Professor of Urban Policy and Planning [more]
04.15.2022: UPP Chair Joseph Viteritti on Mayor Adams’ First 100 Days [more]
04.05.2022: UPP Assistant Professor Lily Pollans featured on podcast [more]
03.31.2022: Prof. Steffie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein article published in The Nation [more]
03.29.2022: Upcoming Event at Roosevelt House: Housing Policy Discussion with HPD experts [more]
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