Rachel Diller

URBS Alum Rachel Diller featured on Good Dirt Podcast

Rachel Diller, a Penn Urban Studies alum, is featured on the Good Dirt commercial real estate podcast. Check it out here!

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7th ward trip

URBS Seventh Ward Course Featured in the Inquirer

Our First Year Seminar Course Investigating the Old Seventh Ward students Noah Kocher and Isha Mankar are featured in a recent article in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Check it out!



2023 Kenneth Jackson Award for Best Book in North American Urban History

Congratulations to URBS Professor Domenic Vitiello for receiving the Kenneth Jackson Award for Best Book in North American Urban History for his 2022 publication The Sanctuary City

Emily Eiler (URBS '22)

Food Access Supply Technology

Congratulations to Emily Eiler (URBS '22) for recently getting published in the Journal of Internal Medicine! The research project, which was her focus during her URBS Fieldwork course, discusses household food insecurity and finds ways health systems can address that. 

Joey Jung

URBS Students Doing The Most This Spring

As we wrap up the year, the URBS department wants to give a shout-out to our wonderful students:

Alisa Ghura

Broken School Buildings

Alisa Ghura (URBS ’23), researched safety hazards in school buildings in low-income school districts and barriers to change.

Mike Banks

URBS graduate makes 100 most influential Philly list

Big congrats to Michael Banks (URBS '14) on being one of Philly Mag's 100 Most Influential People in Philadelphia!

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The Statue Podcast

Paul Farber, Monument Lab co-founder and Design faculty, reveals the history and meaning of Philadelphia's Rocky Statue as only an URBS alum can.  Listen to the podcast using the link below, or go to WHYY's site:

Philadelphia Housing Development Corp.

Don’t let Philly homes get abandoned. Fix them up instead.

Brand new Urban Studies major Layla Sayed got an op-ed published in the Philadephia Inquirer. Impressive! The idea: Low-income homeowners are losing their homes because they can't afford basic repairs.

Jeremy Zorek and Miles Taylor

Two college buds spent 19 hours riding 10 NJ Transit buses across NJ

Armed with Cheez-Its, pretzels and a whiteboard to track their journey and fares, Jeremy Zorek and Miles Taylor attempted what few — perhaps no one, at least not voluntarily — have done before.