Penn IUR is affiliated with more than 200 experts in the field of urbanism. Its Faculty Fellows program identifies faculty at the University of Pennsylvania with a demonstrated interest in urban research; the Penn IUR Scholars program identifies urban scholars outside of Penn; and the Penn IUR Fellows program identifies expert urban practitioners. Together, these programs foster a community of scholars and encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration.

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Faculty Fellow

David Barnes


Director of Health and Societies Major and Associate Professor


David Barnes is Associate Professor and Director of the Health and Societies Major in the Department of History and Sociology of Science in the School of Arts and Sciences, where he teaches the history of medicine and public health. Prior to joining Penn, Barnes taught for a year at the Institute for Liberal arts at Emory University and for seven years in the History of Science Department at Harvard University. His current research is concentrated in the history of infectious disease, epidemiology, and public health; nineteenth-century urban European social and cultural history; and the politics of international disease control programs. He has a forthcoming book on the history of the Lazaretto Quarantine Station, located outside of Philadelphia.

Selected Publications

Barnes, David. 2014. “Cargo, ‘Infection,’ Cargo, and the Logic of Quarantine in the Nineteenth Century.” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 88(1).

Barnes, David. 2010. “Targeting Patient Zero.” In Tuberculosis Then and Now: Perspectives on the History of an Infectious Disease, 49-71, edited by Flurin Condrau and Michael Worboys.  Montreal, QC and Kingston, ON: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Barnes, David. 2006. The Great Stink of Paris and the Nineteenth-Century Struggle against Filth and Germs. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Barnes, David. 2002. “Scents and Sensibilities: Disgust and the Meanings of Odors in Late Nineteenth-Century Paris.” Historical Reflections/Réflexions historiques 28: 21-49.

Barnes, David. 1 995. The Making of a Social Disease: Tuberculosis in Nineteenth-Century France. University of California Press.

Faculty Fellow

Carolyn Cannuscio


Assistant Professor


Carolyn Cannuscio is Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the Perelman School of Medicine. She is a social epidemiologist with substantial experience studying aging, chronic disease, health disparities, and material hardship. Her current work concentrates in two ares: the material and social causes of later-life health disparities, and the preventable causes of urban health disparities. To advance the use of visual methods in health disparities research, she collaborates with David Asch, Eve Weiss, and a strong interdisciplinary team of student research assistants. 


Selected Publications

Hailu, T., C.C. Cannuscio, R. Dupuis, and J. Karlawish. 2017. “A typical day with mild cognitive impairment.” American Journal of Public Health 107(6): 927-928. 

Morgan, A.U.; R. Dupuis, E.D. Whiteman, B. D’Alonzo, and C.C. Cannuscio. 2017. “Our Doors Are Open to Everybody: Public Libraries as Common Ground for Public Health.” Journal of Urban Health-Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine 94(1).

Golinkoff, A., Moriah Hall; Willie Baronet, Carolyn Cannuscio, and Rosemary Frasso. 2016. “Cardboard Commentary: A Qualitative Analysis of the Signs From America’s Streets.” American Journal of Public Health 106(11).


Faculty Fellow

Shiriki Kumanyika


Emeritus Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology


Shiriki Kumanyika is Emeritus Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the Perelman School of Medicine. She holds advanced degrees in social work, nutrition, and public health. During her tenure on the Penn Medicine faculty, Kumanyika served as the Associate Dean for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, held a secondary appointment as Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Pediatrics (Division of Gastroenterology, Nutrition Section), and was affiliated with numerous Penn institutes and centers. She was the founding Director of Penn’s interdisciplinary, multi-school Master of Public Health program. Her research focuses on identifying effective strategies to reduce nutrition-related chronic disease risks, with a particular focus on achieving health equity for black Americans. For more than three decades, she has led or collaborated on single- or multi-center randomized clinical trials or observational studies related to obesity, salt intake, and other aspects of diet. She founded (in 2002) and continues to chair the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AACORN) (, a national network that seeks to improve the quantity, quality, and effective translation of research on weight issues in African American communities. Kumanyika is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and is a past President of the American Public Health Association.


Selected Publications

Huang, Terry T-K, John H Cawley, Marice Ashe, Sergio A Costa, Leah M Frerichs, Lindsey Zwicker, Juan A Rivera, David Levy, Ross A Hammond, Estelle V Lambert, and Shiriki Kumanyika. 2015. “Mobilisation of public support for policy actions to prevent obesity.” Lancet 385(9985): 2422-2431.

Powell, Lisa M, Roy Wada, Shiriki Kumanyika. 2014. “Racial/ethnic and income disparities in child and adolescent exposure to food and beverage television ads across the U.S. media markets.” Health and Place 29C: 124-131.

Kumanyika, S. K., M.C. Whitt-Glover C, D. Haire-Joshu. 2014. “What works for obesity prevention and treatment in black Americans? Research directions.” Obesity Reviews: An Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity 15(Suppl 4): 204-212.

Morales, Knashawn H, Shiriki K Kumanyika, Jennifer E Fassbender, Jerene Good, A Russell Localio, and Thomas A Wadden. 2014. “Patterns of weight change in black Americans: pooled analysis from three behavioral weight loss trials.” Obesity 22(12): 2632-2640.

Chatterji, Madhabi, Lawrence W Green, and Shiriki Kumanyika. 2014. “L.E.A.D.: a framework for evidence gathering and use for the prevention of obesity and other complex public health problems.” Health Education and Behavior: The Official Publication of the Society for Public Health Education 41(1): 85-99.


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