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

06.18.2021: UPP Affiliated Faculty Member Prof. David Himmelstein Quoted In Newsweek Article “Concerns Mount Over Looming Surge in Bankruptcy as COVID Medical Debt Soars” [more]
06.18.2021: MUP Alum Jen Chantrtanapichate’s Emergency Food Distribution Program Featured In Short Film “On the Line.”  [more]
06.16.2021: MUP Alum Kyle Gorman Featured in New York Times For His Work On Open Streets [more]
06.10.2021: Prof. Gutfreund interviews Sunnyside Gardens book authors, Indoor Voices Podcast, June 7 [more]
06.04.2021: UPP Affiliated Prof. Steffie Woolhandler Quoted In NY Times Article “Poor Americans More Likely to Have Respiratory Problems, Study Finds” [more]
06.04.2021: Prof. Vivian Louie Speaks In Response To Anti-Asian Hate [more]
05.27.2021: Assistant Profs. Mehdi Heris And Lily Pollans Received Enhanced Award From PSC-CUNY For Project In Collaboration With Mayor’s Office Of Resiliency [more]
05.20.2021: Prof. Matthew Lasner Spoke About Housing Policy Past And Present With Dr. Jenny Schuetz At “Ill Housed: Housing Policy For The New Deal And Today” [more]
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