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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, and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you want to learn more.

Joseph P. Viteritti
Department Chair

Recent News & Activity

10.12.2018: UPP Chair Prof. Joseph Viteritti Quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Oct. 8 [more]
10.12.2018: Prof. Laura Wolf-Powers Co-Authored Article is Published in Urban Geography [more]
10.12.2018: Prof. Victoria Johnson’s Book Named Finalist for the 2018 National Book Award in Non-fiction [more]
10.08.2018: Prof. Mattew Lasner’s latest essay in UK journal AD [more]
09.20.2018: UPP Chair Joseph Viteritti Interviewed by WAMU Radio, Sept. 17, 2018. [more]
09.20.2018: Prof. Ryan Yeung co-published article on NYC DOE’s Empowerment Zone Innovaton, Aug. 31, 2018. [more]
09.20.2018: Prof. Jill Simone Gross’ Article , “The Governance of Superdiversity”, Published [more]
09.20.2018: Prof. Sigmund Shipp is selected in a CUNY-wide Competition to Teach Course for Future Initiatives Program [more]
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Upcoming Events

November 15, 2018 GUAPA Student Faculty Mixer, Nov. 15!
Hunter College (8th Floor Faculty Lounge)
November 20, 2018 Adjunct Faculty Appreciation Reception, Nov. 20
Hunter College (Faculty Dining Room) 8th floor Hunter West
December 04, 2018 Fall 2018 End of Semester Student Presentations, Tues., Dec. 4
Hunter College (Faculty Dining Room) 8th floor Hunter West
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Prospective Students

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