Doctoral Program in Public and Urban Policy

Explore the most recent blog posts below to learn more about the program. Visit the PhD in Public and Urban Policy page on The New School’s official site to learn about degree requirements, application information, program faculty, FAQs, other PhD students and graduates, and more.

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Public and Urban Policy Doctoral Student Association advocates for the needs of doctoral students at Milano; facilitates networking, community building, and career opportunities; supports student research; serves as ambassadors for the program; and contributes to the development of the program and its students.

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Recent PhD Public and Urban Policy Posts

‘The City Is Remarkably Resilient’: Q&A with Subway Maven Philip Mark Plotch ’14

A former planner and administrator with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Philip Mark Plotch (PhD '14) is an associate professor of political science and director of the master of public administration program at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, NJ. He is the author of the recently published Last Subway: The Long Wait for the Next Train in New York City. Originally posted on Urban Matters, a publication of the Center for New York City Affairs. Urban Matters: Last Subway tells the nearly 90-year-long (and counting) saga of building New York City’s Second Avenue Subway. In the process, you sketch a ...
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Milano Minute | Belén Fodde talks about going from a Master’s to a PhD

Belén Fodde (MS '19) shares her thoughts on Milano's Master of Science in Public and Urban Policy. Belén is now in the Public and Urban Policy doctoral program and began her time at Milano as a Fulbright Scholar from Argentina ...
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The Magnitude of Low-Paid Gig and Independent Contract Work in New York State

Photo credits: Matias Campa By Lina Moe, James A. Parrott, and Jason Rochford Apps and algorithms have had a profound impact on the way we live and work. In recent years, the rise of on-demand labor platforms (e.g. Uber and TaskRabbit) has dominated headlines and offered one vision of what the future of work might hold. While contract jobs mediated through labor platforms promise flexibility and the opportunity to earn supplemental income for some workers, such “gig work” is often unstable, low paid, and lacks the basic labor protections and benefits afforded to traditional employees. In the wake of California's ...
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Pooya Ghorbani (MS ’11, PhD ’18) Named Lincoln Institute Scholar

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy hosts a program that provides recent PhDs specializing in public finance or urban economics the opportunity to work with senior economists. Pooya Ghorbani (MS ’11, PhD ’18) is one of nine junior scholars named a 2019 Lincoln Institute Scholar. Pooya’s research project focuses on taxation of commercial properties in New York City, and explores the outcomes of an alternative taxation methodology in terms of maximizing aggregate property values and improving tax consistency across locations and property types. In developing this work, he will receive feedback from senior economist Daniel McMillen, Professor of Economics at ...
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