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Jazmyn BlackburnIsabel JamesCongratulations to Urban Studies certificate seniors Jazmyn Blackburn and Isabel James!
Princeton seniors Jazmyn Blackburn, Mariachiara Ficarelli and Isabel James have been awarded the Henry Richardson Labouisse ’26 Prize to pursue international civic engagement projects for one year following graduation.
Read more: https://www.princeton.edu/news/2019/04/23/three-seniors-win-labouisse-prize-international-civic-engagement-projects

PEI Urban Grand Challenges awards $509,000 to new urban sustainability projects: Urban Studies Associated Faculty projects...

Sigrid Adriaenssens, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, and M. Christine Boyer, the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Architecture, are working to establish the relationship between the health effects of noise pollution and socioeconomic status by studying areas of Trenton, New Jersey.

Professors of Architecture Guy Nordenson and Paul Lewis developed a studio course for Fall 2018 in which students designed an “amphibious” hotel near Venice, Italy, that adapted to the region’s fluctuating land and sea level.

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Val Smith

Val Smith, Program Administrator, Certificate Program in Urban Studies...
...In my administrative role at the Office of Population Research and undergraduate Certificate Program in Urban Studies, I have the pleasure of interacting with many students. They give me life! They’re the icing on top of the cake of my work life....

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Raya Buensuceso '17 – Urban Studies alumna, shared a policy paper (link below) that she wrote as a follow-up to her Economics/Urban Studies thesis on land value capture in the Philippines. Raya co-authored the piece with a former Finance Secretary of the Philippines, and published it with the Milken Institute, where she currently works.

Princeton’s Pace Center for Civic Engagement has named 28 first-year students from across the world as John C. Bogle ’51 Fellows in Civic Service for 2018. The 2018 Bogle Fellows include Prescott “Scott” Overbey, Urban Studies Certificate student, Class of 2021. Read more...


Simon Gikandi
Urban Studies Associated faculty member Simon Gikandi, has been named member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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https://humanities.princeton.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Alison-Isenberg.jpgThe Trenton Project Documents 50 Years of History – URB202 “Documentary Film and the City” with Film Specialist Purcell Carson and History Professor Alison Isenberg leading The Trenton Project initiative.




Princeton seniors John "Newby" Parton (Urban Studies certificate senior) and Maggie Pecsok have been named co-winners of the University’s 2017 Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize, the highest general distinction conferred on an undergraduate.



Maria Garlock, professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been named head of Forbes College, and Stacey Sinclair, professor of psychology and public affairs, has been named head of Mathey College. They will begin their four-year terms on July 1, succeeding Michael Hecht at Forbes and Harriet Flower at Mathey.




Responding to urban design challenges: Students explore architecture in Brazil
This fall, Princeton faculty teaching “The Interdisciplinary Design Urban Studio” (ARC205) are introducing 12 students to architectural and urban design issues to help build their critical thinking and design skills. Central to the course was a fall-break trip to Brazil where students gained firsthand experience of the topics discussed on campus.
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https://sustain.princeton.edu/sites/sustainability/files/styles/large_800x600/public/Rozalie%20czesana.jpg?itok=Z5bAZ9UjRozalie Czesana, WWS & Urban Studies senior is part of the Princeton University’s Vertical Farming Project.  Located in a small windowless room in Moffett Laboratory, Princeton’s vertical farm is used to identify the optimal conditions for growing food indoors.  Plant physiologist Paul Gauthier, who has been at the University since 2012 and focuses his research on plant resilience to environmental stress, envisions the Princeton project as an open-source model for vertical farming. Read more:  https://www.princeton.edu/news/2017/11/02/room-growth-princetons-vertical-farming-project-harvests-knowledge-budding-industry. Watch and share the video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/hG03gY_dWwk


Judith Hamera headshotJudith Hamera’s latest book: Unfinished Business: Michael Jackson, Detroit, and the Figural Economy of American Deindustrialization, on Wednesday, October 25, at 6 pm.  Jill Dolan will be the discussant.
Author: Judith Hamera, Professor Program in Dance Peter B. Lewis Center for the Arts; Urban Studies Associated Faculty
Discussant: Jill Dolan, Dean of the College; Professor of Theater; Annan Professor in English; Urban Studies Associated Faculty




book coverAlison Isenberg's New Book: Designing San Francisco: Art, Land and Urban Renewal in the City by the Bay



Achille Tenkiang '17, Urban Studies certificate recipient who will serve as the newest Young Alumni Trustee after winning election. Click on link below for full article.
Achille Tenkiang selected as Young Alumni Trustee The Daily Princetonian

Simon Gikandi

Simon Gikandi,  Professor of English and Associated Faculty Member, Program in Urban Studies, received the University's Howard T. Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities.




Alissa-Lopez-SerfozoTwelve Princeton undergraduates will pursue internships and conduct research internationally this summer as Streicker Fellows.

The Streicker International Fellows Fund was established in 2015 to provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to carry out substantive research or educational projects while immersed in a foreign culture. The fellows are selected by Princeton's Office of International Programs.

Alissa Lopez Serfoza was selected and is a junior from Los Angeles, California. She is majoring in architecture and working toward a certificate in urban studies. Serfozo will intern for Puhl and Dajka Architects in Szentendre and Budapest, Hungary, where she will contribute to projects that consider the adaptive role of contemporary architecture and its relation to traditional Hungarian aesthetics.



Douglas MasseyThe Society for Applied Anthropology has awarded Douglas Massey, the Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, and Jorge Durand Arp-Nisen of the University of Guadalajara in Mexico, the 2018 Bronislaw Malinowski Award in recognition of their 30 years of work on the Mexican Migration Project, which examines the complex process of Mexican migration to the United States. The pair will be honored at the 78th annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology to be held in Philadelphia in April 2018.



Three Princeton seniors, one alumna win Gates Cambridge Scholarships
Charlotte WilliamsWilliams, of Princeton, is a concentrator in anthropology and is pursuing certificates in archaeologyLatin American studies and urban studies. She will study for a master's degree in archaeology in the Archaeological Heritage and Museums Track at Cambridge. With an interest in becoming a museum curator, she hopes to use her fellowship year "to broaden my understanding of the role of museums both past and present in shaping public perceptions of culture," she wrote in her application. After Cambridge, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in art history and archaeology with a focus on pre-Columbian art.

Her interest in archaeology began in Princeton's Bridge Year Program — a yearlong tuition-free community service program for accepted students prior to beginning their freshman year on campus. During that year, she volunteered with ProPeru, a nongovernmental organization that focuses on development projects, and had the opportunity to shadow a group of archaeologists who were working to shield sites from degradation.

At Princeton she has taken a wide range of classes in material culture and cultural heritage. In summer 2014, she took "Archaeology in the Field," an excavation class in Greece taught by Nathan Arrington, assistant professor of art and archaeology, and director of the Program in Archaeology.

"Charlotte always exceeded expectations, in the classroom and in the field," Arrington said. "Her work in seminar stood out for its depth, creativity and clarity. She also shone as a student in 'Archaeology in the Field,' and she returned [the following summer] as a supervisor, which is a position normally reserved for graduate students. A natural leader who guides with easy grace, she supervised workers and students and oversaw some very complex archaeological situations."

Williams also held summer internships at the Penn Museum of Anthropology and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Outside the classroom, Williams has served as captain of the mock trial team; staff writer for the student-led magazine Princeton Traveler, peer representative for students who are accused of violating Princeton's honor code; residential college adviser in Forbes College, one of Princeton's six residential colleges; member of the Department of Anthropology's Undergraduate Advisory Group; member of the Behrman Undergraduate Society of Fellows, a group of undergraduates dedicated to the study of the humanities; and tutor with Princeton Tutoring.
Full story:  http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S48/72/68O82/?section=topstories

Students selected as 2017 Scholars in the Nation's Service
Newby PartonJohn "Newby" Parton, a junior from McMinnville, Tennessee, is a Wilson School concentrator and a certificate candidate in values and public life and in urban studies. Parton has focused his academic work on the judicial branch and public service journalism. In summer 2016, he participated in an international seminar in Rome on the history, sociology and policy implications of ghettos. Parton has worked with the Office of Religious Life to help establish a program that partners Princeton students as mentors to young refugees resettled in Trenton. He has worked as a dormitory assistant, tour guide, economics tutor and a counselor for a STEM camp serving minority and low-income students. Parton is an editor for The Daily Princetonian, the president of Speak with Style and the treasurer of a debate group. For the full article visit:


Carvalho_book_2016New publication co-edited by Princeton-Mellon Initiative’s Bruno Carvalho. Look for related programming at Princeton University later this academic year.

Occupy All Streets: Olympic Urbanism and Contested Futures in Rio de Janeiro analyzes the implications of mega-projects connected to Rio's transformation for the 2016 Olympic Games. Contributions from literary critics, historians, anthropologists, architects, media theorists, geographers and urban planners tell the story of how these changes to the cityscape have kindled citizens’ hopes and aspirations for their “right to a future” and chronicle the ways in which citizens have contested the futures being imposed on them. Anticipating the city yet to come, these essays also point to the potential for activism and protest to transform the Olympic legacy into different, more democratic, futures. While focused on Rio, Occupy All Streets offers critical insights for other cities experiencing wide-ranging challenges and facing far-reaching urban reforms. Editors Bruno Carvalho, Princeton University
Mariana Cavalcanti, State University of Rio de Janeiro Vyjayanthi Rao Venuturupalli, Spitzer School of Architecture/City College of New York.

Contributors: Bruno Carvalho, Mariana Cavalcanti with Julia O’Donnell and Lilian Sampaio, Gabriel Duarte with Renata Bertol, Beatriz Jaguaribe with Scott Salmon, Guilherme Lassance, Bryan McCann, Theresa Williamson, and Vyjayanthi Rao Venuturupalli.

For more information, visit Terraform/UR’s website at http://www.urpub.org/books/olympicurbanism#


PFKPatricia Fernández-Kelly has been selected as one of five finalists for the 2015 C. Wright Mills Award for her book, The Hero’s Flight: African Americans in West Baltimore and the Shadow of the State.
Patricia Fernández-Kelly, Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Associated Faculty in the Urban Studies certificate program. The Society for the Study of Social Problems notes that “this award is one of the most prestigious, coveted, and competitive awards given in the social sciences.”