BU Urbanists

These urbanists represent a broad range of schools, departments, programs, and centers from across BU that support or engage with the work of the Initiative, from urban research and policy development to community partnerships and education-related activities.

Affiliated BU Urbanists can take advantage of a range of benefits, including:

  • Free access to the Initiative on Cities seminar room at 75 Bay State road for workshops, roundtables, or guest lectures
  • Staff support convening and hosting small events such as academic workshops, book talks, or speaker series
  • Promotion of research via our social media channels and mailing list, including recent academic publications, books, articles, or working papers relevant to urban issues
  • Assistance with grant proposals, including Letters of Support, general advice, and input on broader impacts. Affiliates may also include operational support provided by the Initiative on Cities team in grant proposals on an as-needed basis
  • Guidance on seeking media coverage for your work
  • Relationship support engaging with cities in our region, whether for research or courses

Faculty must apply to be an affiliated Urbanist (using a short interest form) and will be asked to renew their affiliation with the IOC every odd year.

Current BU Urbanists:

  • Daniel Abramson, Faculty Advisory Board Member; Professor of American & European Architecture, Director of Architectural Studies (College of Arts & Sciences)
  • Astraea Augsberger, Assistant Professor of Clinical Practice (School of Social Work)
  • Paula Austin, Former Faculty Advisory Board Member; Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies, Director of Graduate Studies (College of Arts & Sciences)
  • Azer Bestavros, Faculty Advisory Board Member; Warren Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, Associate Provost for Computing & Data Sciences (Faculty of Computing & Data Sciences)
  • Rébecca Bourgault, Faculty Advisory Board Member; Assistant Professor and Chair of Art Education (College of Fine Arts)
  • Jade Brown, Faculty Advisory Board Member; Clinical Associate Professor of Law (School of Law)
  • Japonica Brown-Saracino, Urban Faculty Fellow and Former Faculty Advisory Board Member; Professor and Chair of Sociology (College of Arts & Sciences)
  • David Carballo, Faculty Advisory Board Member; Professor of Archaeology, Anthropology, and Latin American Studies (College of Arts & Sciences)
  • Mary Churchill, Faculty Advisory Board Member; Professor of Practice, Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives & Community Engagement, Program Director of Higher Education Administration (Wheelock College of Education & Human Development)
  • Paul Carlile, Former Faculty Advisory Board Member; Professor of Information Systems, Senior Associate Dean of Online Learning, Associate Professor of Information Systems (Questrom School of Business)
  • Louis Chude-Sokei, Former Faculty Advisory Board Member; Professor of English and African American Studies, George and Joyce Wein Chair in African American Studies, Director of the African American Studies Program (College of Arts & Sciences)
  • Mary Collins, Professor of Social Welfare Policy (School of Social Work)
  • Ziba Cranmer, Director of BU Sparks!
  • Stephanie Curenton, Former Faculty Advisory Board Member; Associate Professor and Director of the Ecology of School Readiness Lab (Wheelock College of Education & Human Development)
  • Katharine Levine Einstein, Urban Faculty Fellow and Former Faculty Advisory Board Member; Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Undergraduate Studies (College of Arts & Sciences)
  • James Feigenbaum, Faculty Advisory Board Member; Assistant Professor of Economics (College of Arts and Sciences)
  • Martin Fiszbein, Former Faculty Advisory Board Member; Assistant Professor of Economics (College of Arts & Sciences)
  • Ty Furman, Managing Director of BU Arts Initiative
  • Kevin Gallagher, Faculty Advisory Board Member; Professor of Global Development Policy, Director of the Global Development Policy Center (Pardee School of Global Studies)
  • Michael Gevelber, Former Faculty Advisory Board Member; Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering (College of Engineering)
  • David Glick, Urban Faculty Fellow, Former Faculty Advisory Board Member, and Metrobridge Faculty Director; Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Political Science (College of Arts & Sciences)
  • Judith Gonyea, Former Faculty Advisory Board Member; Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professor of Social Research (School of Social Work)
  • Max Greenberg, Senior Lecturer of Sociology (College of Arts & Sciences)
  • Lucy Hutyra, Urban Faculty Fellow, Former Faculty Advisory Board Member, and Former Interim Director of the Initiative on Cities; Professor of Earth & Environment (College of Arts & Sciences)
  • Jonathan Jay, Faculty Advisory Board Member; Assistant Professor of Community Health Sciences (School of Public Health)
  • Patrick Kinney, Urban Faculty Fellow and Former Faculty Advisory Board Member; Professor of Environmental Health (School of Public Health)
  • Haegi Kwon, Lecturer of City Planning & Urban Affairs (Metropolitan College)
  • Jonathan Levy, Former Faculty Advisory Board Member; Professor of Environmental Health, Co-Director of Center for Research on Environmental and Social Stressors in Housing Across the Life Course (CRESSH) (School of Public Health)
  • Dan Li, Assistant Professor of Earth & Environment (College of Arts & Sciences)
  • Noora Lori, Former Faculty Advisory Board Member; Assistant Professor of International Relations (Pardee School of Global Studies)
  • Karen Pita Loor, Former Faculty Advisory Board Member; Clinical Associate Professor of Law (School of Law)
  • Lucy Marcil, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (School of Medicine)
  • Ian Mashiter, Former Faculty Advisory Board Member; Master Lecturer of Strategy & Innovation, interim Executive Director and Director of Curriculum at Innovate@BU (Questrom School of Business)
  • Daniel Miller, Associate Professor of Social Welfare Policy, Director of PhD Program (School of Social Work)
  • Yuhei Miyauchi, Former Faculty Advisory Board Member; Assistant Professor of Economics (College of Arts & Sciences)
  • Adil Najam, Former Faculty Advisory Board Member; Professor of International Relations and Earth & Environment, Dean Emeritus, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies (Pardee School of Global Studies and College of Arts & Sciences)
  • James O’Connell, Lecturer of City Planning & Urban Affairs (Metropolitan College)
  • Maxwell Palmer, Urban Faculty Fellow and Former Faculty Advisory Board Member; Associate Professor of Political Science; Director of Advanced Programs (College of Arts & Sciences)
  • Yannis Paschalidis, Former Faculty Advisory Board Member; Distinguished Professor of ECE, BME, SE, and Director of the Hariri Institute of  Computing and Computational Science and Engineering (College of Engineering)
  • Rebecca Pearl-Martinez, Executive Director of the Institute for Global Sustainability
  • Spencer Piston, Associate Professor of Political Science (College of Arts & Sciences)
  • Gina Powers, Faculty Advisory Board Member; Senior Lecturer of Markets, Public Policy & Law (Questrom School of Business)
  • Carrie Preston, Faculty Advisory Board Member; Professor of English and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Arvind & Chandan Nandlal Kilachand Professor, Director of Kilachand Honors College (College of Arts & Sciences and Kilachand Honors College)
  • Andre de Quadros, Former Faculty Advisory Board Member Professor of Music and Music Education (College of Fine Arts)
  • Terrance Regan, Lecturer of City Planning & Urban Affairs (Metropolitan College)
  • Randi Rotjan, Research Assistant Professor of Biology (College of Arts & Sciences)
  • Jessica Simes, Former Faculty Advisory Board Member; Assistant Professor of Sociology (College of Arts and Sciences)
  • Heather Schoenfeld, Faculty Advisory Board Member; Associate Professor of Sociology (College of Arts & Sciences)
  • Sarah Sherman-Stokes, Former Faculty Advisory Board Member; Clinical Associate Professor of Law, Associate Director of Immigrants’ Rights and Human Trafficking Clinic (School of Law)
  • Benjamin Sovacool, Faculty Advisory Board Member; Professor of Earth & Environment, Director of the Institute for Global Sustainability (College of Arts & Sciences)
  • Linda Sprague Martinez, Faculty Advisory Board Member; Associate Professor and Chair of Macro Practice (School of Social Work)
  • Ian Sue Wing, Faculty Advisory Board Member; Professor of Earth & Environment (College of Arts & Sciences)
  • Yesim Sungu-Eryilmaz, Faculty Advisory Board Member; Assistant Professor and Director of the City Planning and Urban Affairs Program (Metropolitan College)
  • Pamela Templer, Professor of Biology, Director of BU URBAN Program (College of Arts & Sciences)
  • Kathleen Vandenberg, Senior Lecturer of Rhetoric (College of General Studies)
  • Marcus Walton, Faculty Advisory Board Member; Assistant Professor of Political Science (College of Arts & Sciences)
  • Monica Wang, Former Faculty Advisory Board Member; Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences (School of Public Health)
  • Gregory Wellenius, Faculty Advisory Board Member; Professor of Environmental Health, Director of the Center for Climate & Health (School of Public Health)