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.


  • Anthony Zarate (URBS '12) named Illinois Teacher of the Year Finalist

    Anthony has been named as a finalist for the Illinois State Board of Education’s annual Teacher of the Year Award. Zarate, who has been with UNO Charter School Network for three years, teaches English Language Arts to 7th and 8th graders at UCSN Brighton Park Elementary School in Chicago.

  • Paul Farber (URBS '05) on Public Art and Urban Renewal

    Paul wrote a piece for PlanPhilly in coordination with PennPraxis' upcoming Praxis Dialogues, on what makes art truly public in Philly's current era of urban renewal:

  • Sophie Harris (URBS '12) Greens Up New Orleans

    We've been talking about urban green spaces a lot since our recent tour of the proposed Philly Rail Park. Here's a great article about the LaFitte Greenway in New Orleans, featuring Sophie Harris: Urbs 2012 alumn and executive director of Friends of Lafitte Greenway.

  • Josh Curran (URBS '09) on Vegas Revitalization

    As a part of his work with Resort Gaming Group, alum Josh Curran (URBS '09) has been working toward the revitalization of downtown Las Vegas. His two projects include Nevada's first pop-up parklet and affordable downtown housing aimed at local city employees. The idea is to create a more active and pedestrian oriented downtown environment.

  • 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: