As the Founding Director of the Center on Urban Research & Public Policy (CURPP) and the Interdisciplinary Program in Urban Studies, I welcome you to our website.
Why is the study of urban life, of living in cities an important area of study? The answer is simple. Because of increasing urbanization, that is, the dynamics resulting from people moving into densely populated areas, worldwide projections show the increase in urban populations everywhere. Not only are world cities growing by one million people per week, but demographers suggest that by 2050, more than two thirds of the planet’s population will be urban dwellers. The issues impacting our densely populated cities and those who inhabit them will be the focus of substantive research and policy debates in the twenty first century. Because we seek to prepare our students to be leaders on the world stage, in-depth study in urbanism and urbanization on both a national and international scale is in keeping with that preparation.
Students graduating with an undergraduate major in Urban Studies have been accepted into some of the premier graduate schools in the country, including but not limited to the Harvard University Law School, the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Duke University, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, Yale University, Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Georgetown University, Washington University in St. Louis and Cornell University among others.
Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the Urban Studies program, students have chosen graduate fields of study in law, medicine, public health, public policy, urban planning, art, international and global studies, education, and foreign affairs. All graduating students in Urban Studies must complete a senior thesis or senior honors thesis, some of which have been published in subsequent research journals.
The following list provides the research topics of works in progress by the graduating seniors in the class of 2015:
"The Big Business of Community Real Estate Development in the Post-Industrial City"
"(Dis) Investment: The Effects of Gentrification in Central Harlem"
"The Death and Life of Great American Shopping Malls: A Cultural Appraisal of Americas Shopping Habits (Past, Present and Future)"
"Arts Education in Urban Settings for Marginalized Youth"
"Urban Communities and Police: The Effects of a Militarized Police Force"
"Battyman Fi Dead: How Buggery Laws Impact the LGBT Population in Kingston, Jamaica"
"Affordable Housing in Mixed-Income Communities: Impacts on Community and Economic Development"
"Intent and Accident: Resistance Through Informed Development"
"Who Wins, Who Loses? : Host Cities and the Olympic Games"