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Urban Studies

Director: Doug McAdam (Sociology)

Associate Director: Michael Kahan (Lecturer, Urban Studies)

Executive Committee: Albert Camarillo (History), Karen Cook (Sociology), Milbrey McLaughlin (Education), Walter Scheidel (Classics), Jeff Wachtel (President's Office)

Affiliated Faculty: Scott Bukatman (Art and Art History), Albert Camarillo (History), Prudence Carter (Education), Samuel Chiu (Management Science and Engineering), Karen Cook (Sociology), Paulla Ebron (Anthropology), Paula Findlen (History), James Fishkin (Communication), Shelley Fisher Fishkin (English), Charlotte Fonrobert (Religious Studies), Richard Ford (Law), Zephyr Frank (History), David Grusky (Sociology), Ian Hodder (Anthropology), Miyako Inoue (Anthropology), Sarah Jain (Anthropology), David Labaree (Education), Raymond Levitt (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Carolyn Lougee (History), Monica McDermott (Sociology), Raymond McDermott (Education), Daniel McFarland (Education), Milbrey McLaughlin (Education), William McLennan (Office of Religious Life), Ian Morris (Classics), Josiah Ober (Classics, Political Science), Susan Olzak (Sociology), Leonard Ortolano (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Sean Reardon (Education), Rob Reich (Political Science), Ian Robertson (Anthropology), Michael Rosenfeld (Sociology), Rebecca Sandefur (Sociology), Walter Scheidel (Classics), Karen Seto (Geological and Environmental Sciences), Michael Shanks (Classics), Jennifer Trimble (Classics), Nancy Brandon Tuma (Sociology, Hoover Institution), Paul Turner (Art and Art History), Barbara Voss (Anthropology)

Lecturers: David Boesch, Karin Cotterman, Melanie Edwards, Radford Hall, Michael Kahan, Michael Kieschnick, Joseph Kott, Michael Reilly, Laura Scher, Jackie Schmidt-Posner, Frederic Stout

Visiting Associate Professor: Gerald Gast

Department Offices: Building 120, Room 160

Mail Code: 94305-2048

Phone: (650) 723-3956


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Courses offered by the Urban Studies Program have the subject code URBANST, and are listed in the "Urban Studies [URBANST] Courses" section of this bulletin.

The Urban Studies program treats urbanism as an interdisciplinary field; it brings together students, faculty, and outside specialists concerned with cities, and the impacts of cities on society and people's lives. The Urban Studies major encourages students to inquire deeply into the nature of cities and the techniques used to modify urban environments. It prepares students to address urbanization, and gives students a knowledge base and theoretical, analytical, and practical skills to understand urban social systems and effect social change.

A major in Urban Studies prepares students for careers and advanced academic pursuits in fields including architecture, community service, education, environmental planning, real estate development, urban design, and urban planning; many have obtained graduate degrees in architecture, business, law, public policy, urban design, and urban planning from major universities across the country. Information on careers and graduate programs pursued by Urban Studies alumni is available from the Urban Studies program office.

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