Global Urban Studies
(GUS)
builds policy-oriented,
interdisciplinary,
global knowledge

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Global Urban Studies (GUS)

Joint Ph.D. Program in Urban Systems

The Global Urban Studies track builds policy-oriented, interdisciplinary, and global knowledge about cities through innovative curriculum and research grounded in the social sciences. It features collaborative scholarship with community partners in the Greater Newark metro area and in cities around the world. Trained as researchers who bridge theory, social science research, and practice, our graduates are poised to make impacts that will help to create thriving and inclusive cities in the U.S. and around the world. Our campus hosts a wealth of faculty and students diversely engaged in global urban studies. Our program leverages this energy and expertise across Rutgers colleges and schools, departments, programs and research centers to produce a cutting-edge program to address critical urban issues.

Global Urban Studies core faculty members specialize in the following research and policy areas: urban education, comparative and international education, international migration and immigration, urban violence, political participation, the arts and urban development, race and ethnicity, public health and housing, and sustainable environment. Faculty department and program affiliations include sociology, political science, anthropology, economics, business, law, urban education and criminal justice. We have research partnerships with universities and scholars in a number of countries in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and a special emerging focus on Africa.

The Global Urban Studies Track at Rutgers joins two other tracks in the Joint PhD Program in Urban Systems that address particular challenges facing cities: Urban Environment at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Urban Health in the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Global Urban Studies is a successor to the Urban Education Policy Track (2004-2015), directed by Professor Alan Sadovnik.

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