About the Department
The Department of Urban Affairs and Planning is a department within the School of Arts and Sciences at Hunter College. The department offers two graduate degrees, an accredited Master in Urban Planning degree, and a Master of Science in Urban Affairs degree. Both programs combine theory and practice in order to provide students with an in-depth understanding and appreciation of urban planning and policy. The department also offers an undergraduate urban studies major that prepares students for higher education and careers in public service.
Since its creation by advocacy planner Paul Davidoff, in 1965, the department has consistently upheld a vision of urban affairs and planning as a multi-disciplinary field. In keeping with this vision, the department’s 12 full-time faculty members represent a wide range of disciplines including architecture, economics, political science, public policy, social work, urban planning, and public health. They collectively bring a wealth of academic and professional expertise to their teaching. The program also benefits greatly from a distinguished part-time faculty who bring practical experience and knowledge in both public and non-profit sectors into the classroom.
Urban Affairs Programs and Courses
Programs and Courses in Urban Affairs and Planning
The Center for Community Planning & Development
The Center for Community Planning & Development (CCPD) promotes knowledge, applied research, and innovative practice in community planning and development throughout the New York metropolitan region. It provides technical assistance and training through partnerships with community-based organizations, non-profit corporations, and local agencies. The CCPD is committed to democratic, inclusive, and participatory approaches to planning and development that foster sustainability and economic and social justice. The Center is a venue for community/university partnerships where community members, students, and academics learn and benefit from each other. Center projects have addressed affordable housing, community economic development, healthy communities, workforce development, immigration, environmental justice, and other issues of concern to communities in the New York region.
Urban Affairs/Urban Planning Fellowships and Grants
The Department of Urban Affairs and Planning has a limited amount of financial aid. It includes the Donald G. Sullivan Scholarship, the Robert C. Weaver Scholarship, the James Felt Scholarship, the Hans Spiegel Scholarship, and the Marilyn and Herbert Hyman Scholarship, awarded to selected students pursuing a master’s degree in urban affairs or urban planning. For information write to: Chair, Department of Urban Affairs and Planning, Hunter College, 695 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065.
Administration and Faculty
Joseph P. Viteritti
fax: (212) 772-5593
John Chin, Urban Planning Program Director and Adviser
Jill Simone Gross, Graduate Program in Urban Affairs Program Director and Adviser
Thomas Angotti, Professor; PhD, Rutgers; Community Planning and Development, Environment, International
John Chin, Associate Professor; PhD, Columbia; Community Participation, Urban Health, Immigrant Communities and Non-profits
Jill Simone Gross, Assistant Professor; PhD, CUNY; Director, Urban Affairs Program; Comparative International Urban Planning, Policy and Development, Citizen Participation
Peter Kwong, Professor; PhD, Columbia; Asian-American Studies, Immigration
Lynn E. McCormick, Associate Professor; PhD, MIT; Community and Economy Development, Employment Policy and Workforce Development, Policy Analysis
Susan Turner Meiklejohn, Associate Professor; PhD, Michigan; Planning for Multiethnic Neighborhoods, Planning History and Theory, Housing, Urban Design
William J. Milczarski, AICP, Associate Professor; PhD, Michigan; Director, Urban Planning Program; Transportation, Environmental Policy, Methodology
Stanley Moses, Professor; PhD, Syracuse; Education, Employment, Planning Theory
Laxmi Ramasubtamanian, Associate Professor; PhD, Wisconsin-Milwaukee: Architecture and Urban Planning; Urban Design, GIS, Participatory Planning and Community Development, South Asia
Sigmund C. Shipp, Assistant Professor; PhD, Cornell; Economic Development, Urban Theory, Development Planning
Joseph P. Viteritti, Blanche D. Blank Professor of Public Policy and Department Chair, PhD, CUNY; Public Policy, Urban Governance, Education Policy
Elaine M. Walsh, MSW, CSW, Associate Professor; PhD, Fordham; Director, Public Service Scholar Program; Social Policy, Strategic Planning, Nonprofits, Philanthropy, Youth and Education, Women and Leadership