Recent News

  • Margaret Shea '92 Dissertation Hearing

    Margaret Shea '92 has just defended her PhD Dissertation at the University of Massachusetts. Her research title is Collective Remembrance and Irish Identity in Catholic Derry, Northern Ireland 1897-2007"

  • Philippe Bourgois audio slide show

    Next Door But Invisible: The World of Homelessnes and Drug Addiction is an audio slide show created by Penn medical anthropologist Philippe Bourgois and UC grad student Jeff Schonberg to document their research on the lives of homeless heroin addicts in San Francisco.

  • Eric Schneider Receives Book Award

    The Kenneth Jackson Annual Book Award committee of the Urban History Association has selected Eric Schneider's book, Smack: Heroin and the American City, to receive the 2008 Kenneth Jackson Best Book Award. Congratulations, Eric, on this prestigious award.

  • T. William Lester

    An article jointly authored by URBS alumnus T. William Lester, '99, has been published in the current issue of the Journal of Urban Affairs. Entitled, Why Regions? Why Now? Who Cares? the article is also available online.

  • Chris Ko

    2006 URBS graduate Chris Ko was recently selected to participate in Next American Vanguard, a 2-day conference of "the country's brightest young urban leaders," put on by Next American City, an urban-affairs magazine based out of Philadelphia, and Living Cities, their sponsor organization. He is also featured in the most recent issue of the magazine, where he recounts his unexpected love affair with Los Angeles and explains how his organization, reimagineLA, aims to attract more "innovative young urbanist" to social-impact careers in that city.

  • The Next American City's New Urban Leaders Fellowship Program

    We are thrilled to announce a call for applications for our new Urban Leaders Fellowship Program. The fellowship, designed to support emerging journalists, leaders and thinkers, is a unique opportunity to write about the development and future of our nation's cities. The 9-month fellowship comes with a $10,000 stipend.

  • HPD Housing Fellows Opportunity

    The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Developments (HPD) mission is to promote quality housing and viable neighboroods for New Yorkers. The Fellows Program is designed to bring talented young professionals to HPD to expose them both to the inner workings of New York City government and to the field of affordable housing. For more information on HPD, the fellowship, and an application, please go here.

  • Michael Katz and Eric Schneider published in Dissent magazine

    Michael Katz's "What is an American City?" explores the definition and shape of American cities in the 21st century.  Eric Schneider discusses homicide rates in urban areas in "Homicide in the Hood."

  • Three URBS majors named to SEPTA Youth Advisory Council

    Contratulations to URBS majors Phil Dawson '10, Brandon Savron '11, and Dave Dobkin '11, who have been named to the SEPTA Youth Advisory Council. They will provide feedback to SEPTA officials on the needs of our public transportation service's younger riders.

  • Highlights of the URBS student trip to New York City this past spring

    URBS junior, Brandon Gollotti, details highlights of the 2009 spring trip to New York City with URBS students and faculty in this issue of PlanPhilly.