Welcome from the Department Chair

Our department was founded by Paul Davidoff in 1965 to advance human-centered advocacy planning. Dr. Robert Weaver, the nation’s first Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the first Black cabinet member, joined our department in 1970 as a Distinguished Professor. We remain committed to the ideals of social justice these legendary urbanists established for our department.

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. 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 time to familiarize yourself 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. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you want to learn more. Follow us on Linkedin, Instagram, and X.

Professor John Chin
Department Chair

Recent News & Activity

01.26.2024: Adjunct Asst Prof. Laura Tamman Publishes two OpEds [more]
01.26.2024: Prof. Joseph Viteritti is quoted in The Messenger [more]
01.26.2024: Prof. Jill Gross is appointed Book Review Editor, Urban Affairs Review [more]
01.24.2024: Legendary Urbanist Stefan Al Joins Hunter UPP Faculty [more]
12.27.2023: Hunter Grad Students Explore Transformative Projects [more]
11.10.2023: New York, by Jill S. Gross and H. V. Savitch Book Review [more]
09.02.2023: Professor Mehdi Heris talks Urban Green Infrastructure on Utah Public Radio: [more]
07.07.2023: The Urban Review is thrilled to announce the release of its latest issue, Spring 2023: City Hopeful [more]
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Upcoming Events

March 18, 2024 Hunter UPP Open House for Prospective Graduate Students
Hemmerdinger Screening Room, 706 Hunter East

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