Welcome to the blog of the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy with graduate programs in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management, International Affairs, Nonprofit Management, Organizational Change Management, Urban Policy Analysis and Management, and Public and Urban Policy at The New School in the heart of New York City.


Professor Alberto Minujin gives keynote address at the UNICEF Conference on Child Poverty in the Middle East and North Africa in Morocco

Professor Alberto Minujin gave the keynote address on May 15, 2017 about “Child Poverty: Why it Matters?“ at a UNICEF Conference on child poverty in the Arab region. During the conference, Minujin will also be participating in workshops and discussion groups with government representatives from Arab region countries. Minujin will give a second presentation on ...
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Professor Aida Rodriguez

A Celebration in Honor of Professor Aida Rodriguez

The Orozco Room was the setting for a celebration honoring Professor Aida Rodriguez, who is retiring after 18 years of dedication and service to the university. Aida joined the Milano School in 1999 as Professor of Professional Practice and Chair of the Nonprofit Management Program. When she arrived at The New School she brought with ...
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Global Urban Futures

Global Urban Future Project

The Global Urban Futures Project (GUF), a learning network of scholars and activists within the New School, was created to discuss and research the drivers of these growing concerns, and to contribute to the conversation about urban policy. The GUF encourages an approach to urban issues that considers the economy, the environment, and society jointly, ...
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Christina Puzzolo

SGPIA student Christina Puzzolo awarded Fulbright Scholarship

Christina Puzzolo is a current SGPIA student who is slated to graduate in May 2017. She has recently been awarded a Fulbright scholarship and will be studying the Blue Economy in the Phillipines after graduation. What follows is a short interview about her work. The interview was lightly edited for clarity. Can you talk a ...
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Professor Darrick Hamilton

Professor Darrick Hamilton featured on No Jargon

Milano Professor Darrick Hamilton was just featured on Episode 78 of No Jargon! "Poverty can persist in the same communities for generations, especially communities of color. Professor Darrick Hamilton walks through the policies that prevent people from moving up in the economy and proposes solutions from jobs to schooling to banking." Watch and listen to ...
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SGPIA Professor Erin McCandless

Why the Social Contract for Preventing Violent Conflict and Sustaining Peace?

by Erin McCandless As the United Nations reflects upon how it will meet its revamped and revitalized mandate to prevent conflict and sustain peace, catalyzed by twin Security Council/General Assembly Resolutions, some academics and policy-makers are reflecting on the relevance of the social contract as an actionable idea, a means to revitalize these agendas – ...
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Professor Alex Schwartz

Milano Professor Alex Schwartz’s article featured on American Prospect

Urban Policy Professor Alex Schwartz co-authored a piece entitled "Trump's housing hypocrisy" for the American Prospect. "Trump is wealthy today because of government housing subsidies. While still a young man, he inherited his father Fred's real-estate empire, worth tens of millions of dollars. The senior Trump made his fortune by building middle-class housing financed by ...
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Marija Šajkaš

From Belgrade to New York: An interview with Alum Marija Šajkaš

Marija Šajkaš (pronounced as Maria Say-kash) is an SGPIA alum who is a communications and political consultant based in New York City. Her expertise lie in media, immigration, and transitional justice in the Balkans and Eastern Europe. Marija also works as a foreign correspondent for a Belgrade-based weekly publication and her first novel was just ...
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“Why is there no learning by the state?” – SGPIA Prof L.H.M. Ling

The latest issue of the Georgetown Journal for Asian Affairs features a fascinating interview with SGPIA Professor L.H.M. Ling. Professor Ling is a pioneer in critical International Affairs theory whose work has pioneered the theoretical framework of Worldism. In this interview, which seeks to widen the discussion of International Affairs theory, Prof Ling takes us ...
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Laura Nitz capturing 360 B-roll of the Aegean Sea in Lesvos, Greece. Photo Credit: Bianca Rogers

SGPIA Student Group creates a Virtual Reality Film on Migration

Brought about by a mutual interest in social impact, a group of final semester SGPIA Media and Culture students have created a collective, viewpoints360.org, to make a Virtual Reality/360 film about migration. Their film will focus on DIY aid and self-initiated aid groups assisting in relief and resettlement efforts for the refugee crisis in Europe ...
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SGPIA Professor Michael Cohen attended the Vatican Workshop on the Human Right to Water

On Friday, February 24, 2017, Pope Francis addressed the Vatican Workshop on the Human Right to Water in Rome. He insisted that the right to safe drinking water is a basic human right requiring deliberate action and a central place in the framework of public policy. “The questions concerning the right to water are not ...
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Mapping Local Opposition to New York State’s Fracking Infrastructure Boom

by Stephen Metts During the Fall 2016 semester session of Milano's Practicum Option, one project group worked with adjunct faculty member Stephen Metts to develop an interactive map for locating community opposition to fracking infrastructure taking hold across the Northeast Region of the United States. Immediately proximate to a massive shale gas play known as ...
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Milano Student tells Immigrant Stories

Milano Student Shagana Ehamparam produced an amazing story and podcast as part of Professor John Rudolph's class on "Telling Immigrant Stories". The work is entitled: "Goalllll! The Changing Face of Ice Hockey" and addresses how hockey welcomes immigrant communities. Check her article and podcast here. Shagana is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Urban Policy ...
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Opinion: We Need A Moderate SCOTUS

An opinion piece by SGPIA alum, Rose Worden On Wednesday, November 9 2016, my sister and I commiserated over the phone. The unfathomable election of Donald Trump as President had somehow come to pass. So much felt uncertain, but we saw the Supreme Court vacancy as an issue with high stakes and long-term consequences that, ...
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Dorit Avganim

Is Democratic Participation a Luxury?

by Dorit Avganim Staring down the gauntlet of the next few years under Trump, I’ve been reflecting on the last time I felt this out of place in my own country. On 9/11, I was 21, Bush was in power, and the country was setting itself up for the long war in Iraq. In response, ...
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Cecilia Martinez

Cecilia Martinez joins Milano Faculty

Cecilia Martinez has joined the Milano faculty as Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management. Dr. Martinez holds a Ph.D. in Urban and Energy Planning from the University of Delaware, an M.P.A. in Public Administration from New Mexico State University, and a B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University. She is a recognized ...
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Money Stories 2.0

Participate in a research project with professor Lisa Servon, designed to get a better understanding of the ways people manage their finances. We've been collecting stories about consumers' experiences with financial products and services. Check out our tumblr for a sample of what we've heard. Here's how you can help! Share your story and get ...
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Roxy Paine’s Dinner of the Dictators exhibited in the Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center in Manhattan

Dinner of the Dictators: SGPIA-inspired Audio accompanies Roxy Paine’s Installation in New Parsons/Lang Exhibition

by Kaitlyn Lynes Parsons School of Design and the Food Studies program at Eugene Lang College are currently running a joint exhibition in the Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries through early January 2017. As a response to Roxy Paine’s Dinner of the Dictators, an art piece centered around the meals of twelve infamous dictators, the ...
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SGPIA alum Jerry Rengel, recently named among Huffington Post's 40 under 40: Latinos in Foreign Policy

“Dare Mighty Things” – A Conversation with Alum Jerry Rengel

Jerry Rengel is a first generation Ecuadorian American who was recently named among Huffington Post’s “40 under 40: Latinos in Foreign Policy”. He graduated in 2014 from the SGPIA at The New School, and now works as a media relations specialist for NASA. Jerry agreed to an interview detailing his unconventional career path and success, ...
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Professor L.H.M. Ling

Professor L.H.M. Ling is “re-thinking borders” in her new book.

For the majority of the world, international politics is seen through a Western/ Westphalian framework. Most would not be able to explain what that means, but have an intrinsic understanding of the world using the “West” as a reference point and countries – or nation-states – as the primary way to identify themselves and relate ...
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