August 15, 2016

Penn IUR Welcomes 2016 Affiliates

Penn IUR is pleased to welcome its newest Fellows, Scholars, and Affiliated PhD students. Our newest affiliates join a dynamic network of urbanists who, through Penn IUR’s programming, have unique opportunities to collaborate on issues impacting today’s cities.

Penn IUR’s affiliated faculty and practitioners are experts in the field of urbanism, and collaborate with us on research and related projects. They include Penn IUR Faculty Fellows, who are distinguished urban-focused scholars based at the University of Pennsylvania, Penn IUR Scholars, who are leading urban-focused academics at other institutions, and Penn IUR Fellows, who are practitioners from across the United States and around the world. Our Fellows and Scholars have deep expertise in the field of urbanism, and are important contributors to understanding our changing cities.

This year, we are also pleased to welcome our third class of Penn IUR Emerging Scholars, a designation that honors and recognizes junior scholars in the field of urbanism who are important contributors to understanding our changing cities. We are also pleased to continue to  expand our Affiliated PhD student program, which recognizes PhD students at Penn who are undertaking an urban-focused course of study at the University of Pennsylvania. Through our network PhDs Penn IUR nurtures a community of urban-focused doctoral students, providing opportunities to present research and learn from one-another.

Penn IUR is dedicated to an increased understanding of cities through cross-disciplinary research, instruction, and civic engagement. As the global human population becomes increasingly urban, understanding cities is vital to informed decision-making and public policy at the local, national, and international levels. Penn IUR is dedicated to developing knowledge in three critical areas: innovative urban development strategies; building the sustainable and inclusive 21st-century city; and the role of anchor institutions in urban places. We believe that our Fellows, Scholars and Students’ contributions to the study of urban life help us deepen and diversify the multi-disciplinary knowledge that we seek to cultivate at Penn IUR. 

Below is the list of our newest affiliated faculty, scholars and PhD students. To learn more and read their bios please visit the people section of our website.

Faculty Fellows

Erick Guerra, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning

Megan Ryerson, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning

Jere Behrman, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Economics


Mark A. Willis, Executive Director, Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, NYU 


Angela Glover Blackwell, President and CEO of PolicyLink 

Michael Berman, Principal, Michael Berman Consulting LLC 

Andrew Davidson, Founder and President, Andrew Davidson & Co. Inc.

Laurie Goodman, Director, Housing Finance Policy Center at the Urban Institute 

Michael A. Nutter, Former Mayor of Philadelphia

Aromar Revi, Director, India Institute for Human Settlements (IHHS)

Mark Zandi, Chief Economist, Moody’s Analytics

Emerging Scholars

Peter Blair, Assistant Professor, John E. Walker Department of Economics, Clemson University 

Caroline Cheong, Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Central Florida

Theodore Eisenman, Assistant Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, UMass Amherst

Albert Han, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Calgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design

Kristen Kinzer, Assistant professor, Department of Public and International Affairs, UNC Wilmington

Simon Mosbah, Consultant, U.S. Advisory Services Group, WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff

Mary Rocco, Mellon Humanities, Urbanism and Design (H+U+D) Initiative, University of Pennsylvania

Amber Woodburn, Assistant Professor, City and Regional Planning, The Ohio State University

Alex Zevelev, Assistant Professor of Real Estate, Baruch College

Affiliated Ph.D. Students

Chandan Deuskar, City and Regional Planning

Xiaoxia Dong, City and Regional Planning

Sa Min Han, City and Regional Planning

Chaeri Kim, City and Regional Planning

Sara Lindsey Reuben, Department of HIspanic and Portugese Studies

Patricio Xavier Zambrano Barragan, City and Regional Planning


Media Contact:

Deborah Lang
Communications Director

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