Faculty Bio: Jill Simone Gross

Associate Professor

Room #:
1610 HW



comparative international urban planning, policy & development, citizen participation

Common Courses Taught

URBP 704 Comparative International Planning
URBG 756 Citizen Participation in Planning and Development
URBG 790 Urban Development Workshop


Ph.D. in Political Science, Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York
MSc in the Politics and Government of the United Kingdom, London School of Economic and Political Science


Jill Simone Gross is the current Director of the Graduate Program in Urban Policy and Leadership and an Associate Professor in the Department of the Hunter College Urban Policy & Planning department. She was a European Union Fulbright-Schuman Scholar in 2012, where she conducted research on the localization of migrant integration. She earned her PhD in Political Science from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and holds a Masters Degree from the London School of Economic and Political Science. Jill and has taught at Barnard College, Columbia University, New York University, Queens College and Brooklyn College. She has been a faculty advisor for the Model New York State Senate Project for Latina/o students at CUNY, and the Model City Council project for High school students in the College Now program. She was a visiting scholar at the University College Dublin in Ireland and the University of Westminster in the UK. She has been an invited speaker at Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou China, De Montfort University in Leicester UK, Gothenburg University in Sweden, Columbia University in New York and at several international conferences in Paris, among others.

Dr. Gross’ primary areas of research are in comparative urban politics, governance, migration and economic development in Western European and North American cities, with an emphasis on issues equity. Her current works include:

  • Explorations into migrant rights to the city, and the implications of migration for urban governance and inclusion, and
  • Comparative research on the nature of regional collaboration in the metropolis.

Dr. Gross has published most recently in the Journal of Urban Affairs, Cities, and Urban Research and Practice. She is the co-author of Governing Cities in a Global Era (Palgrave MacMillan, 2007), and is currently completing her next book on the topic of migration in the face of austerity and crisis.

She has served as an elected member of the governing board of the Urban Affairs Association since 2011where she chairs the International Committee. She has also served on International Scientific Committees based in Paris, the UK and Istanbul. Prior to joining academia, she worked for a Member of Parliament and the last Chair of the Greater London Council.