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Doctoral Program: Public and Urban Policy


The doctoral program in Public and Urban Policy prepares students for the high level of research and policy analysis necessary to discover solutions to tough policy problems. Click here to find out more.

GPIA Teaching Assistant’s Article About Economics Goes Viral

s200_ingrid.kvangravenIngrid Kvangraven, Economics PhD student and the teaching assistant for GPIA Professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr’s Development Economics course, wrote a blog post for The New School Economic Review that proceeded to go viral. “How to Justify Teaching the Worst of Economics to Non-Economists” highlights the difficulty in balancing mainstream, criticism of mainstream, and alternative theories in one course when many of the students will never take an economics course again. To date it has been shared via social media over 4,000 times.




Alumni Spotlight: Raven Brown

Facebook-20150129-034244Raven 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 on gender, economic empowerment, and HIV service provision culminating in her master’s thesis, Bridging the Gap: Innovative Strategies towards Gender Empowerment and HIV Service Provision in Alexandra Township, South Africa A Case Study. After GPIA, Raven worked in Rwanda and Uganda on a research study focusing on the role of women in post-conflict development, peace-building, and HIV service provision. She also pursued a Master’s of Public Health degree from New York University in global health. Working on research based interventions in Belize, Guatemala, Mexico, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, and Zambia led Raven to realize that she needed to attain a PhD in order to really make a difference by being able to design research informed policies. Her professional experiences solidified her belief that policy processes need to be participatory in order to effectively meet community needs. She plans on conducting her doctoral research on the relationship between poverty reduction and violence prevention as related to gender and housing in countries experiencing rapid urbanization. Examining these links can help build a sustainable and peaceful future. Raven is also a native New Yorker.


Milano Students Harness Technology to Reduce Corruption

MAPPStudents Lena Simet (PhD Public and Urban Policy) and Thomas Disley (MA International Affairs) were featured on Fast Company for creating an app to track money spent on government-funded construction projects in the developing world. The M-App facilitates real-time monitoring and evaluation of road construction projects to maximize service delivery. 




Urban Policy Professor David Howell Blogs on Inequality

David_HowellDirector 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 DebateWhy Relative Mobility is a Side Show, and Is it About Inequality or Opportunity? 



Faculty News: Professor David Howell in the NY Times

David_HowellProfessor of Economics and Public Policy, David Howell spoke about his draft paper for the Center for American Progress in a recent New York Times article, “Looking for Capitalism’s Tipping Point“. In the article Professor Howell speaks about the perceived correlation between economic grown and income inequality.

Professor Howell directs the Doctoral Program in Public and Urban Policy at The New School. He is an affiliated member of the New School’s economics department, a Faculty Research Fellow at the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (The New School), and a Research Scholar at the Political Economy Research Institute (U-Mass Amherst). His research focuses on institutions and labor market outcomes.