The Academic Community

The doctoral program offers numerous opportunities, both social and professional, to meet fellow doctoral students and NYU Wagner faculty. Below is a list of some activities, events and resources that have been offered in past years. 


The program opens the academic year with an informal gathering to welcome and introduce the new students in the program. Additional gatherings may include a holiday reception and an end-of-year milestone celebration.

NYU Wagner Research Colloquium

The Wagner Research Colloquium is a seminar series at which prominent researchers present current work on pressing social issues. The presenters represent a range of disciplines and methodological approaches and are affiliated with institutions from around the country. The colloquium offers doctoral students and faculty a chance to see current work, discuss and debate different approaches to research, and interact with researchers from other institutions. It also provides doctoral students with an academic forum in which to present their own research.

One year of for-credit registration for the colloquium series is required of all doctoral students. However, all doctoral students are strongly encouraged to attend and participate in the sessions as often as possible. Colloquium sessions meet on selected Thursdays in the Puck Building. Visit the current schedule here.

Doctoral Study Carrels

There are study carrels (equipped with computers loaded with the software students require for their work) available for doctoral student use on the third floor of the Puck Building, 295 Lafayette Street. The carrels can be reserved by students for designated periods of time or used on a sign-up or drop-in basis.

Informal Study Groups

All doctoral students are encouraged to form informal study groups, particularly to prepare for the comprehensive exams. The program sponsors a formal study group to prepare for the PQE.

Membership in Professional Associations and Conference Participation

Doctoral students are encouraged to become active members of professional associations as well as attend annual conferences. Applications to request partial funding for conference presentations can be made to your program Assistant Director. Please review the travel award policy for details.

Some associations of interest include:

The Wagner Faculty are active members and leaders in these associations. Students are encouraged to discuss their own involvement with their advisors and other pertinent faculty.