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The Sanctuary City

Congratulations to Domenic Vitiello on his newest book, The Sanctuary City, where he talks about immigration and community through the guiding lens of sanctuary city policy.


Internships and Job Opportunities April 2022

CPCRS Research Assistant – Exhibition Curation

Deadline: April 22, 2022

Dr. Keene

Dr. John Keene, City & Regional Planning, and Urban Studies

The Urban Studies Program reports with sadness the passing of Dr. John Keene, Emeritus Professor of City and Regional Planning and long-standing member of the Urban Studies faculty. Professor Keene taught the course URBS204: Urban Law for over 35 years.


Inquirer Op Ed on Redistricting by John Kromer

Professor John Kromer (URBS 451, The Politics of Housing & Community Development) wrote a sensible op-ed in today's Philly Inquirer: Check it out here!


2022 Alumni Engagement Fellow

The Urban Studies Program is pleased to announce Anna Duan, C’22, the inaugural Urban Studies Alumni Engagement Fellowship recipient for 2022! This fellowship is made possible thanks to a generous gift by Scott Millstein, C'92, and Jae Lee.


The Hunger to End Hunger

Check out this Penn Gazette article on Urbs alum George Matysik, currently the head of the largest hunger relief organization in the Philadelphia region:


Empowering community engagement through theory and practice

Congratulations to Professor Marisa Denker (URBS '14) on a great first year running the Participatory Cities course, URBS 314. Here is an article about it from Penn Today:

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Debbie Rabinovich, inaugural Samvid Scholar

Debbie Rabinovich (URBS '19) is one of two Penn students chosen for the inaugural class of 20 Samvid Scholars. She was selected from more than 700 applicants for her academic and leadership achievements and demonstrated drive to make positive changes in society.

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Power to the Public: The Promise of Public Interest Technology

Congratulations to Tara Dawson McGuinness (URBS '00) on the publication of her latest book, a blueprint for how governments and nonprofits can harness the power of digital technology to help solve 21st century problems: