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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

09.01.2017: Prof. Sigmund Shipp Book Review published in the Journal of Planning Education and Research (JPER) [more]
08.25.2017: UPP Chair Joseph Viteritti is the author of a new book: The Pragmatist: Bill de Blasio’s Quest to Save the Soul of New York (Oxford University Press).  [more]
08.24.2017: Greg Cutler, Urban Planning Student, Wins Annual WMPF Scholarship Award [more]
08.11.2017: Prof. Ryan Yeung Quoted by Wallethub.com, Aug. 1 [more]
08.11.2017: Prof. Sigmund Shipp Discusses Noise Violation Inspections in NYC, Fox 5 News, Aug. 2 [more]
06.30.2017: Ryan Rzepecki, MUP Alumnus and SoBi CEO, Station-less Bike Share Program [more]
06.26.2017: Prof. Joseph Viteritti, UPP Chair, Quoted in the NY Times, June 23 [more]
06.17.2017: Prof. Sigmund Shipp’s Urban Development Workshop Class Project Gets Media Attention, June 6 [more]
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Upcoming Events

October 25, 2017 Urban Studies Major Information Session, Oct. 25
Hunter College – UPP (1640 Hunter West)
December 04, 2017 UPP Graduate Open House, Dec. 4
Hunter College (Faculty Dining Room) 8th floor Hunter West
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Prospective Students

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