Faculty Bio: Joseph P. Viteritti

Joe Viteritti Talk Holding Book
Chair, Thomas Hunter Professor of Public Policy

Room #:
1606 HW



public policy, urban governance, education policy

Common Courses Taught

URBG 757 Politics of Education
URBG 758 Governing the City
URBG 792 Urban Affairs Capstone


Ph.D. in Political Science, City University of New York


JOSEPH P. VITERITTI is the Thomas Hunter Professor of Public Policy and Chair of the Urban Policy & Planning Department at Hunter College. He is also a Professor of Education Policy at the CUNY Graduate Center and was Founding Chair of the Public Policy Program at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute. Prior to coming to Hunter in 2004, he had taught at Princeton University, New York University, Harvard University, and the State University of New York at Albany.

Professor Viteritti specializes in education policy, state & local governance, and public law. His most recent of many books are Summer in the City: John Lindsay, New York, and the American Dream (2014), and When Mayors Take Charge: School Governance in the City (2009). His more than 100 articles and essays have appeared in social science journals, law reviews, and popular media, such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, and Education Week (see full bibliography).

He has an extensive record of public service, having served as special assistant to the Chancellor of Schools in New York, senior advisor to the school superintendents in Boston and San Francisco, and as director, member, or advisor to blue ribbon panels examining issues pertaining to education, city charters, police, corrections, public management, and compensation. He is a regular commentator on public affairs in the national and local media.