September 9, 2015

Penn IUR Welcomes New Affiliates

Penn IUR is pleased to welcome its newest Faculty Fellows, Scholars, Practitioners, 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 second 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

Francesca Russello Ammon, Assistant Professor, City and Regional Planning

William Burke-White, Richard Perry Professor and Inaugural Director, Perry World House; Deputy Dean and Professor of Law

Karen Glanz, George A. Weiss University Professor, Professor of Epidemiology and Nursing, School of Nursing, Perelman School of Medicine

Jessie Handbury, Assistant Professor of Real Estate, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Sara Heller, Assistant Professor of Criminology, Department of Criminology

Devesh Kapur, Director, Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI), Professor of Political Science, School of Arts and Sciences



Quin Bo, Associate Professor and Deputy Head, Department of Urban Planning and Management, Renmin University of China

Nisha D. Botchwey, Associate Professor, School of City and Regional Planning, Georgia Institute of Technology

Daniel Campo, Associate Professor, Department of Graduate Built Environment Studies, School of Architecture and Planning, Morgan State University

Chunxia Yang, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University, Shanghai, China



Monica Brezzi, Head Regional Analysis and Statistics, OECD

Brian English, Director, Office of Program Innovation, Global Communities

Martino Pesaresi, Scientific Officer, Global Security and Crisis Management Unit, Joint Research Centre, Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC)


Emerging Scholars

Benjamin Chrisinger, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, School of Medicine, Stanford University

Meagan Ehlenz, Assistant Professor, School of Geography and Urban Planning, Arizona State University

Eugenia South, Department of Emergency Medicine

Ken Steif, Consultant and Adjunct Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Joseph Su, Inspector, National Development Council, Taiwan


Affiliated PhD Students

Alison Culyba, Department of Epidemiology, School of Medicine

Billy Fleming, City and Regional Planning

Julia McWilliams, Graduate School of Education

Simon Mosbah, City and Regional Planning

Megan Reed, Sociology

Kailey Spencer, Education

Daniel Suh, City and Regional Planning

Elaine Leigh, Graduate School of Education


Media Contact:

Deborah Lang
Communications Director

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