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 01.26.2024 
Adjunct Asst Prof. Laura Tamman Publishes two OpEds

UPP Adjunct Assistant Professor Laura Tamman published an OpEd in WBUR (Boston) about the NH primary election ( January 22, 2024) and another OpEd in City and State  (November 6, 2023) about consolidating elections.

 01.26.2024 
Prof. Joseph Viteritti is quoted in The Messenger

Professor Joseph Viteritti provided concluding comments for a comprehensive essay in The Messenger  (1/1/24) summing up Mayor Erik Adams' two-year tenure and his prospects for reelection.

 01.26.2024 
Prof. Jill Gross is appointed Book Review Editor, Urban Affairs Review

Professor Jill Simone Gross has been appointed the new book review editor Urban Affairs Review, a leading scholarly peer-reviewed, bi-monthly journal focused on questions of politics, governance, and public policy specifically as they relate to cities and/or their regions.

 01.24.2024 
Legendary Urbanist Stefan Al Joins Hunter UPP Faculty

Welcome to new Associate Professor Stefan Al, a renowned teacher, scholar, and urban designer. Stefan will teach the Site Planning Workshop and Housing and the Global City courses this spring--and many more classes in the future! Read more here: https://www.hunterurban.org/faculty/stefan-al

 12.27.2023 
Hunter Grad Students Explore Transformative Projects

Students in the planning and policy program this fall toured major construction projects in New York, including the Harlem River Houses renovation and the massive new housing development at Willet's Point.

 11.10.2023 
New York, by Jill S. Gross and H. V. Savitch Book Review

A book review on New York, written by Jill S. Gross and H.V. Savitch, is published in the Journal of Urban Affairs, October 25, 2023.

 

 09.02.2023 
Professor Mehdi Heris talks Urban Green Infrastructure on Utah Public Radio:

Listen to the show here: https://www.upr.org/show/undisciplined/2023-06-09/undisciplined-unveiling-the-urban-oasis-how-tree-planting-combats-rising-heat-in-cities

 07.07.2023 
The Urban Review is thrilled to announce the release of its latest issue, Spring 2023: City Hopeful

The Spring 2023 Issue of the Urban Review is now live! This issue addresses a range of pressing issues, including housing, municipal services, economic development, and urban identity. Writers were challenged to explore these diverse topics while finding reasons to hope for a brighter future in New York. Since January 2023, a team of student contributors, editors, photographers, and graphic artists worked to put this issue together. Read and share the pieces on the Urban Review website: https://hunterurbanreview.commons.gc.cuny.edu/

 06.29.2023 
Prof. Gutfreund is quoted in City and State Article

Associate Professor Owen Gutfreund was quoted in a City and State article about creating more pedestrian-only streets in NYC.

 06.22.2023 
Prof. Jill Gross and Hank Savitch’s new book, “New York (Megacities)”, is published.

Prof. Jill Gross has published a new book with Hank Savitch titled "New York (Megacities)." The book examines the New York metropolis through the lens of a series of twenty-first century pressures related to demography, economic growth, urban development, governance, immigration, leadership and globalization. It explores how New York's institutions and policies have either risen to meet these challenges, stagnated in the face of them, or simply failed to resolve them. In particular, the authors examine the municipality of New York City, as the heart of the megacity, and how it navigates the increasingly complex battles with higher levels of government over rights to the city and resource needs.

Jill S. Gross and H. V. Savitch (2023), New York,  Agenda Publishing. ISBN: 9781788212045. 

 05.09.2023 
Message from the Chair

I want to share with the larger community of students, alums, affiliated faculty, and friends a decision I shared with the faculty at our April meeting: I am not seeking another term as department chair when my current term expires on June 30th so that I can complete work on a book I have been writing. I appreciate the support my colleagues have entrusted in me by electing me to five consecutive three-year terms since 2008. It has been an honor serving the extraordinary students in this department. Many whom I have gotten to know are now alums steeped in productive careers dedicated to making cities better places to live for all people. Others will soon follow. I look forward to collaborating with the next department chair, my faculty colleagues, our wonderful support staff, and our students in continuing our important work together.

Sincerely,

Joseph Viteritti

 05.03.2023 
Op-Ed written by MUP Student Brianna Soleyn is Published in City Limits

MUP student, Brianna Soleyn’s Op-Ed Taking Vacant Land And Power Back from the NYPD was published in City limits, May 3.

 04.25.2023 
Associate Professor Owen Gutfreund was quoted in a City and State article about creating more pedestrian-only streets in NYC, April 10, 2023

Associate Professor Owen Gutfreund was quoted in a City and State article about creating more pedestrian-only streets in NYC.

 04.25.2023 
Professor Nicholas Bloom has published another essay on mass transit in The Conversation, April 14, 2023
 04.25.2023 
Hunter Distinguished Professor and UPP affiliated faculty member Professor Steffie Woolhandler appeared on CBS Sunday Morning, April 16, 2023

Hunter Distinguished Professor and UPP affiliated faculty member Professor Steffie Woolhandler appeared on CBS Sunday Morning, April 16, 2023.
RIP Medical Debt: Abolishing crippling health care debts

 04.25.2023 
Associate Professor Laura Wolf-Powers’ book University City: History, Race, and Community in the Era of the Innovation District received the Philadelphia Athenaeum Art and Architecture 2022 Book Award

Associate Professor Laura Wolf-Powers' book University City: History, Race, and Community in the Era of the Innovation District received the Philadelphia Athenaeum Art and Architecture 2022 Book Award.

 04.21.2023 
Prof. Bloom Published Essay on Mass Transit
 04.21.2023 
Prof. Steffie Woolhandler Appears on CBS Sunday Morning

Hunter Distinguished Professor and UPP affiliated faculty member Professor Steffie Woolhandler appeared on CBS Sunday Morning, April 16, 2023.
RIP Medical Debt: Abolishing crippling health care debts

 04.21.2023 
Prof. Wolf-Powers has been awarded the 2022 Philadelphia Athenaeum Art and Architecture Book Award.

Associate Professor Laura Wolf-Powers' book University City: History, Race, and Community in the Era of the Innovation District received the Philadelphia Athenaeum Art and Architecture 2022 Book Award.  Prof. Wolf-Powers was also  quoted in a Bisnow article about community land trusts.

 02.16.2023 
Associate Professor Laura Wolf-Powers published an op-ed piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education on February 14, based on her recently published book University City

Associate Professor Laura Wolf-Powers published an op-ed piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education on February 14, based on her recently published book University City.

 02.16.2023 
MS UPL alum Yudelka Tapia (2019) was sworn in as a member of the New York State Assembly for district 86 on February 5th

MS UPL alum Yudelka Tapia (2019) was sworn in as a member of the New York State Assembly for district 86 on February 5th.

 02.16.2023 
MUP alum Julia Fiore (2018) was featured in City & State, February 2, 2023

MUP alum Julia Fiore (2018) was featured in City & State, February 2, 2023.

Racial Equity Reports are a new and valuable resource for developing affordable housing

 02.16.2023 
Dr. Mehdi Heris was a co-author of a recently released research paper in The Lancet

Dr. Mehdi Heris was a co-author of a recently released research paper in The Lancet. The research team used Dr. Heris’ urban heat mitigation model to estimate the cooling impact of urban trees and then translated that cooling effect into public health outcomes.  The authors found that over 4% of summer mortality across 94 cities in Europe is attributable to the urban heat island effect.  The study shows that increasing tree cover can have a significant impact on people’s health, in addition to other benefits of trees.

Link to the article
Cooling cities through urban green infrastructure: a health impact assessment of European cities
https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(22)02585-5/fulltext

 02.16.2023 
Prof. John Chin’s NIH-funded research on illicit massage parlors in New York City and Los Angeles was cited in a recent USA Today article on the limitations of human trafficking laws

Prof. John Chin's NIH-funded research on illicit massage parlors in New York City and Los Angeles was cited in a recent USA Today article on the limitations of human trafficking laws ("Human trafficking laws were supposed to help women. Victims’ stories say otherwise")

 02.16.2023 
MUP alum Jeremiah Cox (2016) was featured in an article about changes to the Goshen, IN transit system

MUP alum Jeremiah Cox (2016) was featured in an article about changes to the Goshen, IN transit system.
https://www.goshennews.com/news/changes-proposed-for-goshen-s-transit-service/article_0f63cbb0-92cb-11ed-bb3c-cb13b0dbeeab.html

 02.16.2023 
The Philadelphia Inquirer published an interview with Associate Prof. Laura Wolf-Powers about her book, University City: History, Race, & Community in the Era of the Innovation District, (January 3, 2023)

The Philadelphia Inquirer published an interview  with Associate Prof. Laura Wolf-Powers about her bookUniversity City: History, Race, & Community in the Era of the Innovation District, (January 3, 2023).

 02.16.2023 
A report published by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation highlighted Associate Professors Laura Wolf-Powers and Sigmund Shipp’s research partnership with the Brooklyn Communities Collaborative

A report published by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation highlighted Associate Professors Laura Wolf-Powers and Sigmund Shipp's research partnership with the Brooklyn Communities Collaborative.

https://www.kauffman.org/entrepreneurship/reports/community-engaged-entrepreneurship-research-methodologies/

 01.29.2023 
Prof. Jill Simone Gross has been invited to join the Urban Affairs Review editorial board

Prof. Jill Simone Gross has been invited to join the editorial board of the peer review journal, Urban Affairs Review. UAR is a leading scholarly journal focused on urban politics, policy, and governance. Read more about the journal: https://journals.sagepub.com/description/UAR

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