Who We Are

The Initiative on Cities (IOC) was founded in 2014 by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Boston University Professor of Political Science Graham Wilson.


Learn more about how the Initiative on Cities serves as a hub for urban related research and teaching across Boston University.

Leadership & Staff

Meet our full time staff and researchers, student staff and faculty advisory Board.

Founding Co-Director Thomas Menino

Learn about IOC Co-Founder Thomas Menino who served as City Councilor and Mayor of Boston.

Faculty Fellows

Our Faculty Fellow designation is conferred on a small number of Boston University faculty drawn from multiple departments and schools who are actively involved in an ongoing endeavor of the Initiative.

Faculty Affiliates

Open to all BU Faculty, our Faculty Affiliate Program supports or engages with the work of the Initiative, from urban research and policy development to community partnerships and education related activities.

Join Our Team

View our job openings.