There are many ways to stay in touch with URBS:

  • Join the University of Pennsylvania Urban Studies Alumni group on LinkedIn.  This group is limited only to urban studies current students and alums for career networking purposes.  Just search for the page on LinkedIn and request to join.


  • Rosaline Zhang ('14) on Teacher Evaluations

    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) on affordable housing

    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

  • Student Adam Goodman's ed reform article in the Boston Review

    Adam Goodman, a student in the URBS Graduate Certificate Program and PhD student in History, wrote a piece for The Boston Review called "Mexican Education Reform From Below."

    Photo courtesy Adam Goodman. The sign on the right reads, "I am dangerous, I teach"

  • Paul Farber (URBS '05) Collaborates on New Book

    Paul M. Farber (URBS '05) worked with Getty Publications on a book of historic photographs by Magnum photographer Leonard Freed, This Is the Day: The March on Washington, to commemorate the March’s upcoming 50th anniversary, and wrote the afterward for the book. 

  • Gabe Mandujano (URBS '05) on the cover of Grid Magazine

    Take a look at the January issue of Grid Magazine, where URBS alumnus Gabe Mandujano ('05) discusses the triple-bottom line business he launched two years ago, Wash Cycle Laundry.

    Also take a look at articles on the Easwick development issue, which URBS Professor Michael Nairn has been working on, and the aquaponics program at West Philly High School, which mentions UPenn's Urban Nurtrition Initiative.

  • Alumn Gets Published in Next American City and Salon

    Jake Scobey-Thal ('09) had two of his articles published in Next American City and Salon this past summer. We invite you to explore his coverage of urban events that took place in NYC and Cape Town, South Africa this past year.

    Find the articles here:

  • Felicity Wood's audit of Sacramento’s Fire Prevention Program published

    Felicity Wood, class of '92, recently completed an audit of the City of Sacramento’s Fire Prevention Program. Click here to read the published audit.

  • Joe Portelli (2010) in the news

    Joe Portelli, URBS '10, is quoted in a 4-25-2012 New York Times article "The Art of Remaking a Downtown." 

  • Stephanie Lerner's honors thesis published in The Foundation Review

    Stephanie Lerner's honors thesis was published in the most recent issue of The Foundation Review, a peer-reviewed Journal of Philanthropy.  The article, titled "Next-Generation Philanthropy: Examining a Next-Generation Jewish Philanthropic Network," is based on her senior seminar research that led her to conclude that the Millenials are changing the philanthropic terrain.

  • Congratulations to Urbs Alum Dave Dobkin (2010) on winning honorable mention for his Penn Design team's ULI entry