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Faculty and Staff

 

 Chair

 

 
Leonard Rodberg
Professor, Ph.D.

Health, employment, energy, climate change, urban data analysis

Powdermaker , Room 250
Phone: 718-997-5134
leonard.rodberg@qc.cuny.edu
Research Page

Leonard Rodberg, a theoretical physicist by training, is the Chair of the Department.

Rodberg teaches the Department's undergraduate and graduate courses on using the computer in urban analysis, as well as courses on the urban economy and health care policy.
 

 Faculty

 

 
Marcia Bayne-Smith
Associate Professor

Social welfare, health policy

Powdermaker Hall, Room 250
Phone: 718-997-2719
marcia.smith@qc.cuny.edu
Research Page

Marcia Bayne-Smith, with a doctorate in social work, formerly taught in the Department of Health and Physical Education and recently moved to the Urban Studies Department.

Bayne-Smith teaches courses on Women and Health, Community Organizations, and Introduction to Public Policy.

 
Melissa Checker
Associate Professor, Ph.D.

U.S. social movements, race, class and ethnicity in the U.S. urban environmentalism, environmental justice and climate justice.

Powdermaker Hall, Room 250
Phone: 718-997-5148
mchecker@qc.cuny.edu
Research Page
Personal Home Page


 
Dana-ain Davis
Associate Professor, M.P.H., Ph.D.

Urban anthropology, gender, race, public policy, participatory action research, Black Studies, feminist theory.

Powdermaker Hall , Room 250
Phone: 718-997-5136
dana.davis1@qc.cuny.edu
Research Page

Associate Professor Dana-ain Davis received her PhD from the CUNY Graduate Center in anthropology in 2001. Before coming to Queens College in 2007, she was Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Coordinator of the Global Black Studies Program at SUNY/Purchase.

Professor Davis serves as Associate Chair for Graduate Studies.

 
Martin Hanlon
Associate Professor, Ph.D.

Health policy, public management, workforce issues.

Powdermaker Hall, Room 250
Phone: 718-997-5131
martin.hanlon@qc.cuny.edu
Research Page

Hanlon teaches the Department's basic course on Urban Poverty and Affluence, as well as its core graduate courses, Introduction to Public Policy, Public Management, and Evaluating Public Policies. Hanlon is also Chair of the Department's Graduate Committee and Director of the Master of Arts in Social Science Degree Program.

 
Tarry Hum
Associate Professor, Ph.D.

Urban planning, immigration, Asian-American issues

Powdermaker Hall, Room 250
Phone: 718-997-5124
tarry.hum@qc.cuny.edu
Research Page

Hum teaches courses on the urban economy, urban planning, immigration, and Asian American communities. She also teaches the CUNY Honors College seminar on The Peopling of New York that introduces students to the extensive literature on the historic and contemporary migration to New York City. She was recently appointed to the Doctoral Faculty at the Graduate Center’s Environmental Psychology program.

Tarry was recently appointed to the Doctoral Faculty at the Graduate Center’s Environmental Psychology program. She received her Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her doctorate from UCLA’s School of Public Policy and Social Research.

 
Christos Ioannides
Associate Professor, Ph.D.

Political Science, Greek-American community, Greek-American relations. Director, Center for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies

Jefferson Hall , Room 301
Phone: 718-997-4520

Research Page

Ioannides teaches a general course on the Greek-American community as well as a course on the Greek-American community in the New York area.


 
Madhulika Khandelwal
Associate Professor, Ph.D.

Asian-American communities, South Asian diaspora. Director, Asian/American Center

Powdermaker Hall, Room 250
Phone: 718-997-3050
madhulika.khandelwal@qc.cuny.edu
Research Page

Prof. Madhulika S. Khandelwal is Director of the Asian/American Center and Associate Professor in Urban Studies Department at Queens College, City University of New York.  She has taught Asian American Studies at a number of universities and has conducted research on contemporary Asian American communities.

 
Jeff Maskovsky
Associate Professor, Ph.D.

Urban ethnography; social movements; difference and inequality

Powdermaker Hall , Room 250
Phone: 718-997-5129
jeff.maskovsky@qc.cuny.edu
Research Page

Maskovsky teaches the Department's basic course on Urban Poverty and Affluence, a graduate course on Urban Ethnography, and the new course on Contemporary Urban Theory.

Maskovsky is the Urban Studies Undergraduate Advisor.

Letters of Recommendation

If you would like Prof. Maskovsky to write a letter of recommendation, please prepare a printed request using this form, which you should mail to him at his QC office.

In these days of high competition for jobs, fellowships, and graduate school admission, letters are important. Given this, please try to mail your request at least three weeks in advance of when it's needed. Also, on your form, always include the items you think should be emphasized for a particular grant, program, or position. Please be sure to include an update of what you have been doing/accomplished recently, as well as an updated cv or resume. When appropriate, please also include a copy of your application statement. You must also include stamped and addressed envelopes for ALL recommendations that cannot be filed electronically.

After you have mailed your request, please notify him by email one week in advance of EACH specific deadline, to make sure that it is sent on time.

Unfortunately, he cannot accept requests by email.

 
William Muraskin
Professor, Ph.D.

Social/urban history, health

Powdermaker Hall, Room 250
Phone: 718-997-5149
william.muraskin@qc.cuny.edu
Research Page

Muraskin teaches the Department's courses Urban Epidemics: Tuberculosis to AIDS, Emerging Diseases and the Criminal Justice System.

Muraskin is the Department's Graduate Advisor.

 
Alice Sardell
Professor, Ph.D.

Health policy, public policy, urban and community politics

Powdermaker Hall, Room 250
Phone: 718-997-5143
alice.sardell@qc.cuny.edu
Research Page

Sardell teaches the department's course on Health Services and Policy as well as its introductory courses on public policy and urban politics. Her courses in both public policy and urban politics emphasize knowledge of the policy process and its importance as critical tools for civic engagement. She has also led in developing the department’s Internship Seminar, and she plays a major role in supervising student internship experiences. Prof. Sardell is on the faculty of the CUNY Doctoral Program in Public Health.

Sardell is the Evening Undergraduate Advisor and Internship Advisor.

 
John E. Seley
Professor, Ph.D.

Urban planning, public policy, geography

Powdermaker Hall, Room 250
Phone: 718-997-5141
john.seley@qc.cuny.edu
Research Page

Seley teaches the Department's introductory courses on Urban Services and Institutions and on Planning, as well as its advanced course on Conflicts in Urban Planning.

He is also Professor of Environmental Psychology at the CUNY Graduate School, where he teaches courses on urban geography and social service delivery.

 
Stephen Steinberg
Distinguished Professor, Ph.D.

Race, ethnicity, and immigration; urban sociology; sociology of knowledge

Powdermaker Hall, Room 250
Phone: 718-997-5130
ssteinberg1@gc.cuny.edu
Research Page

Steinberg teaches courses on Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration and Race, Ethnicity, and Public Policy. He also teaches the required graduate and undergraduate course on Urban Research Methods, an innovative course that emphasizes the development of critical skills in reading and interpreting social science research. His interest in improving the quality of student research and writing is reflected in a book that he co-authored with Sharon Friedman, Writing and Thinking in the Social Sciences (Prentice-Hall, 1989).
 
 

 Faculty and Staff Listing

 
Marcia Bayne-Smith
Associate Professor
Melissa Checker
Associate Professor, Ph.D.
Dana-ain Davis
Associate Professor, M.P.H., Ph.D.
Martin Hanlon
Associate Professor, Ph.D.
Tarry Hum
Associate Professor, Ph.D.
Christos Ioannides
Associate Professor, Ph.D.
Madhulika Khandelwal
Associate Professor, Ph.D.
Jeff Maskovsky
Associate Professor, Ph.D.
William Muraskin
Professor, Ph.D.
Leonard Rodberg
Professor, Ph.D.
Alice Sardell
Professor, Ph.D.
John E. Seley
Professor, Ph.D.
Stephen Steinberg
Distinguished Professor, Ph.D.
     



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