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

09.17.2019: UPP Prof. Nicholas Bloom Gives Tour of Housing Density Show, Sept. 17, 2019. [more]
08.26.2019: Prof. Nicholas Bloom is Co-Curator of Housing Density Exhibit at the Skyscraper Museum [more]
08.20.2019: Prof. Wolf-Powers’ Co-Authored Article Published in Cambridge Journal of CPES [more]
08.19.2019: UPP Chair Quoted in Politico Magazine, Aug. 19 [more]
08.14.2019: UPP Chair Joseph Viteritti Featured in 30th Anniversary Video of 1989 Charter Commission [more]
06.12.2019: Prof. John Chin Quoted City Lab Article, June 12, 2019. [more]
06.11.2019: Assistant Prof. Lily Pollans’ Article Published in Metropolitics Journal, June 11. [more]
05.28.2019: Associate Prof. Laura Wolf-Powers’ Article Published in Metroplitics Journal [more]
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Upcoming Events

December 10, 2019 UPP Holiday Party and Student Honors Ceremony, Mon., Dec. 10
Hunter College (Small Cafeteria, 3rd Fl)
December 11, 2019 Open House for Prospective Graduate Students, Dec. 11, 2019
Hunter College (Faculty Dining Room) 8th floor Hunter West
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Prospective Students

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