GUS | About Us
About the Program
Global Urban Studies builds policy-oriented, interdisciplinary and global knowledge about cities through innovative curriculum and research grounded in the social sciences.
A new track in Urban Humanities launched in Fall 2019.
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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:
- acoustic ecology
- civic engagement
- community development
- gender and sexuality
- global sound studies
- 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 cultures
- urban economics
- urban education
- urban governance
- urban health
- urban humanities
- urban policy
- urban violence
Faculty affiliations include:
- Arts, Culture, & Media
- African American & African Studies
- Federated Department of History
- Political Science
- Spanish & Portuguese Studies
- Sociology & Anthropology
- Urban Education
- School of Arts & Sciences-Newark
- School of Criminal Justice
- Law School
- School of Public Affairs and Administration
- American Studies
- Division of Global Affairs
- Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
- Newest Americans
- Peace and Conflict Studies
- Women & Gender Studies
Centers & Institutes:
- Center for African Studies
- Center for Immigration Law, Policy and Justice (CILJP)
- Center on Law, Inequality & Metropolitan Equity (CLIME)
- Center for Migration and the Global City (CMGC)
- Center for Study of Genocide and Human Rights (CGHR)
- Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience
- International Institute for Peace (IIP)
- Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies
- Center for Security, Race and Rights
- Shine Portrait Studio
- Express Newark
- Paul Robeson Galleries
- The Inclusion Project
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.