Urban and Social Policy (USP)

Urban and Social Policy Curriculum

The Urban and Social Policy (USP) concentration is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with the content knowledge, critical thinking and analytic skills needed for a successful career in urban and/or social policy, while offering students the flexibility to specialize in policy focus areas that fit their own unique academic and professional interests. 

The Urban and Social Policy Concentration offers two focus areas:

  • Urban Policy
  • Social Policy

USP Audit Form 2017-18.pdf

Ester Fuchs, Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science; Director, Urban and Social Policy Concentration; Director, United States Specialization


Rohit Aggarwala, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Lisa Belzberg, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Francesco Brindisi, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Rodolfo de la Garza, Eaton Professor of Administrative Law and Municipal Science and Professor of International and Public Affairs

David N. Dinkins, Professor in the Professional Practice of Public Policy

Christina Greer, Visiting Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs (part-time)

Alexander Hertel-Fernandez, Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs

Paul F. Lagunes, Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs

John Liu, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Bentley MacLeod, Sami Mnaymneh Professor of Economics

Julie Menin, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Josephine Joyce Miller, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Suresh NaiduAssistant Professor in Economics and International and Public Affairs

Steven Nemerovski, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Michael NutterDavid N. Dinkins Professor of Professional Practice in Urban and Public Affairs

Gary Okihiro, Professor of International and Public Affairs

Jerilyn Perine, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Kenneth Prewitt, Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs, Special Advisor to the President

Ethel Sheffer, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Yumiko ShimabukuroLecturer in Discipline of International and Public Affairs

Marcia Stein, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Sarah Watson, Lecturer in International and Public Affairs (part-time)

Cory WayAdjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

The Urban and Social Policy Concentration offers two focus areas: 1) Urban Policy and 2) Social Policy. Students should take one core course in the chosen focus area (3 credits) and four elective courses in chosen focus area (12 credits).  

Please note: 1) Courses used to fulfill the MIA/MPA core requirements may not be double counted toward the concentration. 2) Students may double count up to two specialization courses. 3) USP short courses (1.5 credits) may count toward your elective requirement. 4) A second USP core course can count towards your elective requirement.  

Urban Policy Focus Area

Social Policy Focus Area