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Monday, February 11, 2013

John H. Mollenkopf, Ph.D.

John H. Mollenkopf directs the Center for Urban Research. He is a Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the Graduate Center and coordinates its interdisciplinary concentration in public policy and urban studies. He has authored or edited fifteen books on urban politics, urban policy, immigration, and New York City. Prior to joining the Graduate Center in 1981, he directed the Economic Development Division of the New York City Department of City Planning and taught urban studies and public management at Stanford University. He received his PhD from Harvard and BA from Carleton College. With Philip Kasinitz, Mary Waters, and Jennifer Holdaway, Mollenkopf completed Inheriting the City: The Children of Immigrants Come of Age (paperback edition Russell Sage Foundation Press 2009), a study of educational attainment, labor market position, and political and civic involvement among second generation immigrant and native minority young adults in the New York metropolitan area. In 2010, the American Sociological Society named it the most distinguished book in the discipline for the previous several years. With Jennifer Hochschild, he also recently edited Bringing Outsiders In: Transatlantic Perspectives on Immigrant Political Incorporation (Cornell University Press, 2009). His current research focuses on immigrants and politics in New York and Los Angeles, the political incorporation of immigrants in Europe and the U.S., and the comparative analysis of the immigrant the second generation in cross-national perspective. His Place Matters: A Metropolitics for the 21st Century, co-authored with Peter Dreier and Todd Swanstrom, won the Michael Harrington Prize of the American Political Science Association in 2002. He is a member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Building Resilient Regions and the international advisory board of the Netherlands Institute for City Innovation Studies and has served as a consultant to many public agencies in New York City.

(bio from Center for Urban Research)

Selected publications:
  • Bringing Outsiders In: Transatlantic Perspectives on Immigrant Political Incorporation (edited with Jennifer Hochschild). Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2009.
  • Inheriting the City: The Children of Immigrants Come of Age (with Philip Kasinitz, Mary Waters, and Jennifer Holdaway). Paperback edition, The Russell Sage Foundation Press, 2009.
  • Urban Politics Reader (co-edited with Elizabeth Strom). New York: Routledge, 2006.
  • Contentious City: The Politics of Recovery in New York City (edited). New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2005.
  • Becoming New Yorkers: Ethnographies of the New Second Generation (co-edited with Philip Kasinitz and Mary Waters). New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2004.
  • Place Matters: A Metropolitics for the 21st Century (with Peter Dreier and Todd Swanstrom). Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2001. Revised second edition, 2004.
  • E Pluribus Unum? Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Immigrant Political Incorporation (co-edited with Gary Gerstle). New York: Russell Sage Foundation Press, 2001.
  • Rethinking the Urban Agenda (co-edited with Ken Emerson). New York: The Century Foundation through Brookings Institution Press, 2001.
  • Mapping Crime Hotspots: Frontiers of Practice (co-edited with Victor Goldsmith, Philip McGuire, and Timothy Ross). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2001.
  • New York City in the 1980s: A Social, Economic, and Political Atlas. New York: Simon and Schuster Academic Reference Books, 1993.
  • A Phoenix in the Ashes: The Rise and Fall of the Koch Coalition in New York City Politics. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992. Paperback edition with new afterward, 1994.
  • The Dual City: Restructuring New York (edited with Manuel Castells). New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1991. 
  • Changing New York City Politics (with Asher Arian, Arthur Goldberg, and Edward Rogowsky). New York: Routledge, 1991.
  • Power, Culture, and Place: Essays on New York City. (editor). New York: New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1989.
  • The Contested City. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1983. (Choice Outstanding Academic Book selection)

1 comment:

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