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.

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The Effect of a Death-in-Police-Custody Incident on Community Reliance on the Police


Presenter: Ruth Moyer, PhD in Criminology Discussant: Nina Johnson, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology and the Program in Black Studies, Swarthmore College Does a high-profile death-in-police-custody…

Neighbors, Nightclubs, and Noise: Sound and Urban Relations in Mexico City


Presenter: Elizabeth Bynum, PhD Candidate, Music and Anthropology Discussant: David Gouverneur, Associate Professor of Practice, Landscape Architecture   Mexico City has consistently ranked as one of the world’s…

Public Shaming and Social Policing in Republican Rome


Presenter:  Jordan Rogers, PhD Candidate, Ancient History Discussant: David Grazian, Professor of Sociology and Communication, Faculty Director of Urban Studies   How did urban communities in Republican Rome (ca. 5th…