Research & News

Faculty in the Urban Studies program actively contribute to scholarly debate and public dialogue about urban problems and challenges. Areas of particular focus include urban history and culture, immigration policy, transportation planning, economic development, urban architecture and infrastructure, and more.

Faculty Research Highlights

Intercultural Urbanism

Dean Saitta spoke about his work and his book, Intercultural Urbanism: City Planning From the Ancient World to the Modern Day, at the Tufts University Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning. 

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Anthropology Colloquium Talk

Dean Saitta presented about comparative, transhistorical research in contemporary urban planning at the May 2021 Anthropology Colloquium.

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Urban Geography

Program faculty Eric Boschmann and Andy Goetz are among the urban geographers with contributions to a free downloadable book entitled "The Rocky Mountain West: A Compendium of Geographic Perspectives."

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Dean Saitta's essay, "Decolonizing the Settler City," was published on Planetizen, a public interest urban planning website.

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“I’ve been making sure that the voices of communities are featured in the process and included in the vision and decision making,” says Zaugg. “I’m constantly thinking of how we can create mechanisms for people to be engaged either through virtual engagement tools or different events that can incorporate ways of including communities in decisions.”

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Student Research Opportunities

We encourage students to bring their interest in urban studies to the research they do in their major area of study and to their work in the community. Students can take advantage of the resources provided by the Undergraduate Research Center. In addition, as part of the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, urban studies students are eligible to apply for awards to help fund their research and internship opportunities.