September 19, 2017

Penn IUR Welcomes Newest 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 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

  • David Gerard Gouverneur Malakoff, Associate Professor of Practice, Department of Landscape Architecture, Penn Design

  • Pam Grossman, Dean, Graduate School of Education, George and Diane Weiss Professor of Education, Graduate School of Education

  • Vijay Kumar, Nemirovsky Family Dean of Penn Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Pennsylvania

  • Iourii Manovskii, Associate Professor of Economics, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania

  • Lisa Servon, Professor of City and Regional Planning, School of Design


  • Moritz Schularick, Professor of Economics, The University of Bonn

  • Bishwapriya Sanyal, Ford International Professor of Urban Development and Planning; Director of the Special Program in Urban and Regional Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


  • Michael Berman, Founder, Berman Consulting, LLC

  • Rose Molokoane, Coordinator, South African Federation of the Urban Poor (FEDUP); Deputy President and Management Committee; Member, Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI); and Co-Chair, UN-Habitat’s World Urban Campaign (WUC) 

  • Michael LaCour-Little, Director of Economics, Economic and Strategic Research, Fannie Mae

Emerging Scholars

  • Arthur Acolin, Assistant Professor, Department of Real Estate, University of Washington

  • Billy Fleming, Research Coordinator at University of Pennsylvania, Co-Author, Indivisible Guide

  • Theodore Lim, Global Environmental Data Scientist, Monsanto Company

  •  Julia McWilliams, Dissertation Fellow, National Academy of Education

  • Anthony Pratcher II, Postdoctoral Associate, Brown University

Affiliated Ph.D. Students

  • Sydney Baloue, Africana Studies

  • Michael Brinely, History

  • Matt Davis, Applied Economics

  • Samuel Geldin, City & Regional Planning

  • Caitlin Gorback, Applied Economics

  • Ben Hyman, Applied Economics

  • Maryam Khojasteh, City & Regional Planning

  • Jacob Krimmel, Applied Economics

  • Austin Lee, Sociology

  • Kimberly Noronha, City & Regional Planning

  • Park Sinchaisri, Operations, Information, and Decisions

  • Xiao (Betty) Wang, Business Economics and Public Policy

  • Jennifer Whittaker, City & Regional Planning

  • Viviana Wu, Social Welfare


Media Contact:

Deborah Lang
Communications Director

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