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Global Urban Studies (GUS)



Global Urban Studies builds policy-oriented, interdisciplinary and global knowledge about cities through innovative curriculum and research grounded in the social sciences.


We feature collaborative scholarship with community partners in the Greater Newark metro area, and cities around the world. 


Trained to bridge theory, social science research and practice, our graduates are poised to help create thriving, inclusive cities in the U.S. and around the world.


Our campus hosts a wealth of faculty and students diversely engaged in global urban studies. Our program leverages this energy and expertise across Rutgers University's vast educational resources to produce a cutting-edge program to address critical urban issues.


How You Will Learn


Global Urban Studies core faculty members specialize in
the following research and policy areas:

  • civic engagement
  • community development
  • gender and sexuality 
  • gentrification
  • housing
  • international and comparative education
  • international migration and immigration
  • political participation and social movements
  • race and ethnicity
  • sustainability and urban environment
  • urban arts and media
  • urban economics
  • urban education
  • urban governance
  • urban health
  • urban policy
  • urban violence


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We have research partnerships with universities and scholars in a number of countries in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and a special emerging focus on Africa.


The Global Urban Studies Track at Rutgers University-Newark joins the Urban Environment Track at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) to form the Joint Ph.D. Program in Urban Systems. These two tracks—Global Urban Studies and Urban Environment—together form the Joint PhD Program in Urban Systems. This distinctive Joint Ph.D. program, grounded in an interdisciplinary study of social sciences, urban studies, architecture, and urban planning, is uniquely poised to prepare future scholars and practitioners in addressing the rising challenges and opportunities of cities in the U.S. and abroad.  

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Global Urban Studies (GUS)

360 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Hill Hall, Room 606
Newark, NJ 07102
United States

Tel: 973-353-2514
Fax: 973-353-5310

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Jyl Josephson

Jyl Josephson


R. Brian Ferguson

R. Brian Ferguson

Professor of Anthropology

Elise Boddie

Elise Boddie

Professor of Law

Ira Cohen

Ira Cohen

Associate Professor of Sociology