Category: News and Events

Release of Leading the American City

The Initiative on Cities is proud to release Leading the American City, a five-part video history of American mayoral leadership, governance, and power. The series features personal interviews with eight transformative mayors, who reflect on their time in office and offer insight into the job of mayor. The featured mayors include: Karl Dean, Mayor of Nashville, TN, […]

Manchester Summer Fellow – Juliahna Green

The Initiative on Cities is delighted to welcome Juliahna Green as its Undergraduate Student Fellow for the City of Manchester, England, for the summer. Juliahna Green is a senior studying economics in the College of Arts and Sciences. She currently interns at Roca, a local not-for-profit aimed to combat cyclical poverty. In the past, she […]

Initiative on Cities Releases New Report on City Networks

On April 23, 2018 in New York City, the Boston University Initiative on Cities, with support from Citi Community Development and The Rockefeller Foundation,  released “Cities Joining Ranks—Policy Networks on the Rise”. This newest report, which draws on data from the 2017 Menino Survey of Mayors as well as new research, offers the first systematic […]

Racial Equity Summer Fellow – Jessica Bajada-Silva

The Initiative on Cities and the Howard Thurman Center are delighted to welcome Jessica Bajada-Silva as its Undergraduate Student Fellow for the City of Boston’s Mayor’s Office of Resilience and Racial Equity this summer. Jessica Bajada-Silva is a junior studying Environmental Analysis and Policy in the College of Arts and Sciences. She currently works as […]

The Best Solutions For Breaking the Incarceration Cycle

On April 18, Jen Doleac visited the Initiative on Cities to lecture on programs and policies to productively incorporate the formerly-incarcerated into their communities, such as transitional jobs, cognitive behavioral therapy, and reduced supervision. Doleac is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the Batten School, and Director of the Justice Tech Lab […]

New Urban Mechanics Summer Fellow – Emily Rackleff

The Initiative on Cities is delighted to welcome Emily Rackleff as its Graduate Student Fellow for the City of Boston’s Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics this summer. Emily Rackleff is a MBA and MS candidate in the Questrom School of Business, focusing on Social Impact and Digital Innovation respectively. She formerly served as the […]

A Conversation on Gun Violence and Police Shootings in the U.S.

On April 11th, BU School of Public Health Professor Michael Siegel and former Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges visited the Initiative on Cities to discuss firearm violence and community/police relations. Siegel discussed his research on the link between structural racism and fatal police shooting, and Hodges detailed her work as mayor surrounding policing and community building. […]

Providence Summer Fellow – Johnathan Williams

The Initiative on Cities is delighted to welcome Johnathan Williams as its Graduate Student Fellow for the City of Providence’s Department of Innovation this summer. Johnathan Williams is a Ph.D. candidate in History in the College of Arts and Sciences. He received in BA and MA from the University of Northern Iowa, where he focused […]

Conflict and Cleavages in US Cities

On Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 Peter Bucchianeri, a Ph.D Candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School, joined the Initiative on Cities to share research in progress on Conflict and Cleavages Under Democratic One-Party Rule. If two debating sides normally shape how policy is being made, what happens when one of those sides is absent? How does […]

Manchester Summer Fellow – Elizabeth Champion

The Initiative on Cities is delighted to welcome Elizabeth Champion as its Undergraduate Student Fellow for the City of Manchester, England, for the summer. Elizabeth Champion is a sophomore studying economics in the College of Arts and Science. Last fall, she worked as a Community Planning Intern for the City of Boston Planning and Development […]