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 accredited 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

05.13.2024: Prof. Stefan Al’s book, Supertall, was featured in the New York Review of Books. [more]
05.07.2024: Prof. Nicholas Dagen Bloom spoke about congestion pricing in The New York Times. [more]
04.05.2024: Vivian Louie, a professor of Urban Policy in our department, gave a keynote last month at SUNY Stonybrook, on “Asian American Voices, Identities and Activism.” [more]
03.27.2024: Prof. Laura Wolf-Powers will sit on a Zoom panel sponsored by the City Club about the “Economic Opportunity” element of the City of Yes proposal on Thursday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. [more]
03.20.2024: Professor Nicholas Bloom featured in The Nation on the history of public housing [more]
03.15.2024: Professor Nicholas Bloom featured in Atlanta Magazine providing historical material and commentary on the city’s lost transit history [more]
03.10.2024: Professor John Chin interviewed about his research on worker experiences in illicit massage businesses for an article in Urban Omnibus [more]
02.17.2024: Professor Joseph Viteritti quoted in Gothamist article on Mayor Adams’ ongoing criticism of President Biden’s immigration policy [more]
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