Doctoral Program: Public and Urban Policy

Welcome to the PhD in Public and Urban Policy page. Explore the most recent blog posts below to learn more about the program. Please email your program director to request specific resources be added to this page.

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Recent PhD Public and Urban Policy Posts



Prof. Darrick Hamilton Quoted in The Network Journal

Director of Milano Doctoral Program and Associate Professor of Urban Policy Darrick Hamilton has been quoted in The Network Journal for "Dream Averted: The Disappearing Black Middle Class." Since 2008, unemployment has gone down and the deficit is down. Though these numbers show progress, Black families continue to struggle. The lasting effects of slavery is shown through the growing wealth gap between Whites and Blacks in America today. While 55% of White families have an income of $50,000 to 1 million, only 33% of Black families do. Also, "The largest percent of black income earners max out at $50,000 at ...
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PhD Alum and Executive Director of the Brooklyn Education Innovation Network Eddie Summers on the Link Between Brooklyn’s Economic Boom and Higher Education

Milano PhD Alum Eddie Summers recently spoke with the Wall Street Journal about a recent report citing that Downtown Brooklyn’s higher-education institutions drew some 60,000 students and generated $2.8 billion in economic activity in 2013. “It occurred to me we needed to start to sell the wealth of the higher-education sector here in Brooklyn,”  said Summers, who is the Executive Director of the Brooklyn Education Innovation Network (a part of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership that oversaw the study.) Read more on this here.  ...
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Milano PhD Phillip Plotch discusses new book on Tappan Zee megaproject on NPR

Milano PhD, Phillip Plotch, has just published his first book, Politics Across the Hudson: The Tappan Zee Megaproject through Rutgers University Press.The book looks at the history of inaction and inertia in public planning; contrasted with the very active Robert Moses (and Governor Andrew Cuomo) approach of minimal transparency and closed-door decision making. Throughout his research he has interviewed more than a hundred key players, and accessed countless internal government documents.For more information on Politics Across the Hudson, please see, or visit WNYC for a video and a radio interview.    ...

Alumni Spotlight: Raven Brown

Raven Brown is currently a PhD student in the Public and Urban Policy program at Milano and a GPIA alumni. While pursuing a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Bennington College in social science and ceramics, Raven became immersed in feminist critiques of anthropology and applied those ideas to her sculpture. Through anthropology she learned about the Universal Access to Treatment Campaign and the undue burden illness places on women and children worldwide. While at GPIA, Raven continued to focus on gender and public health in development. She participated in the International Field Program in Johannesburg where she conducted participatory research ...

Urban Policy Professor David Howell Blogs on Inequality

Director of the Public and Urban Policy PhD program at Milano, David Howell, recently wrote three blog pieces about inequality for the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA) at The New School. Howell's articles examine income distribution in the United States over the past few decades, and whether it is a question of inequality or opportunity.You can read his articles here: The Republican Attack on the Inequality Debate, Why Relative Mobility is a Side Show, and Is it About Inequality or Opportunity?   ...