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

10.15.2021: Assistant Professor Lily Pollans’s Book, Resisting Garbage: The Politics of Waste Management in American Cities, Released by the University of Texas Press [more]
10.08.2021: UPP Chair Joseph Viteritti was Featured Guest on Phi on NY Podcast Presentation of the Gotham Philosophical Society [more]
10.02.2021: Professor Nicholas Bloom Presented on NYCHA History at Icahn School of Medicine; Lectured on NYCHA Urban Design at Yale School of Architecture [more]
10.02.2021: Professor Sigmund C. Shipp Invited as Panelist for Discussion about the Office of the Public Advocate’s Newly Created Racial Impact Policy [more]
10.02.2021: Affiliated UPP Professors Steffie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein Pen New York Times Letter to the Editor About Current Congressional Health Care Debates [more]
10.02.2021: Associate Professor Laura Wolf-Powers Delivered Paper at Rutgers University-Sponsored Conference: “Negotiating Social Futures: the Politics of Land Development and Value Capture During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic” [more]
09.27.2021: Professor Lily Pollans Featured on Cheddar News, Commenting on Environmental and Community Benefits of Open Streets [more]
09.25.2021: Associate Professor Karina Moreno Spoke In The Consortium of Race and Gender Scholars (CORGES)Webinar: “Framing Racial Justice in Public Administration” [more]
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