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Urban Systems 977 (Joint Ph.D. with NJIT)
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  Graduate School–Newark 2015–2017 Programs, Faculty, and Courses Urban Systems 977 (Joint Ph.D. with NJIT)  

Urban Systems 977

Degree Program Offered: Doctor of Philosophy

Director of Doctoral Program: Karen A. Franck (973-596-3092; email:

Coordinator of Urban Health Specialization: Sabrina Chase (973-972-7448; email:

Coordinator of Urban Environment Specialization: Karen A. Franck (973-596-3092; email:

Coordinator of Urban Educational Policy Specialization: Alan R. Sadovnik (973-353-3882; email:


Members of the Faculty


Zeynep Celik, Ph.D., California (Berkeley)
History of architecture

Steven J. Diner, Ph.D., Chicago
History of urban education; urban higher education

Karen A. Franck, Ph.D., CUNY
Urban public space; alternative housing; design responsive to human needs and social change

Alan R. Sadovnik, Ph.D., New York
Sociology of education; urban educational policy; qualitative research

Carolyne White, Ph.D., Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Qualitative research; autoethnography; sociology of urban education

Associate Professors:

Jeffrey R. Backstrand, Ph.D., Connecticut
Nutrition and public health; maternal-child health; sociocultural determinants of food intake; alcohol and child development; social epidemiology

Jason M. Barr, Ph.D., Columbia
Urban economics; economics of education; computational economics

Barbara Caldwell, Ph.D., Seton Hall
Mental health of urban families and children

Ariane Chebel D'Appollonia, Ph.D., Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris
Politics of immigration and antidiscrimination; security issues; racism and immigrant integration; urban racism

Gabrielle Esperdy, Ph.D., CUNY
Modern architecture and urbanism; contemporary cities and suburbs; intersections between consumer culture and the built environment (past and present)

Jamie Lew, Ph.D., Teachers College, Columbia
Race and ethnic relations; urban education and policy; immigration and international migration; comparative and international education

Dula Pacquiao, Ph.D., Rutgers
Cultural diversity in education and health care

Arthur Powell, Ph.D., Rutgers
Mathematics education; ethnomathematics; urban education

Roberta Schorr, Ed.D., Rutgers
Mathematics education; urban education

Anthony Schuman, M.Arch., Columbia
Housing and urban development with an emphasis on the interplay of socioeconomic forces and physical design; issues of pedagogy and organization in architectural education

Assistant Professors:

Sabrina Chase, Ph.D., Rutgers
Medical anthropology; urban anthropology

Rula Wilson, D.N.Sc., Columbia
Intimate partner violence; health disparities; access to health care services

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