Welcome to Urban Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Urban Studies is an interdisciplinary program in the College of Arts & Sciences. It draws on faculty and resources across the university and the city to offer students a multi-faceted approach to the study of urban trends. More...
We invite you to help us inaugurate our alumni mentor program! The goal is to connect Urban Studies undergrads with alumni for career networking and advice, using our Urban Studies Alumni Group on LinkedIn as the vehicle for the initial contact. Below we describe the course of action you would take to participate, both as an alum of the program or a current student.
Michael B. Katz, the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, died on August 23, 2014. Michael was co-director of the Urban Studies program from 1983 until 1996. He, more than any individual, is responsible for the current contours of the undergraduate program. Early in his tenure as co-director, he restructured the curriculum, balancing multi-disciplinary coursework with a core of shared experiences.
Congratulations to the Penn Institute for Urban Research, and our own Professor Paul Farber, on scoring a Pew Center for Arts & Heritage 2014 project grant! The centerpiece of the project, called “Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia,” will be a temporary monument by the late, award-winning artist and University of Pennsylvania professor Terry Adkins.
Congratulations to recent URBS graduate Rosaline Zhang, who's op-ed How to set up evaluations that help teachers improve has made it to the Seattle Times!
Fay Darmawi (URBS '88) has written a piece for Housing Finance called How Affordable Housing Can Make a Name for Itself (and Why). A version of it will be showing up soon in the Penn Gazette.
Photo: 100% affordable Richardson Apartments in San Francisco