Urban Planning State of the Field with Phil Thompson

The Urban Planning Program

12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
April 13, 2022
12:00pm - 1:00pm

The Urban Planning program invites Phil Thompson, Associate Professor of Political Science & Urban Planning at MIT (currently on public service leave, serving as Deputy Mayor for strategic policy initiatives for New York City), to speak about the state of the field of urban planning.


Phil Thompson is an urban planner and political scientist. He received a B.A. in Sociology from Harvard University in 1977, a M.U.P. from Hunter College in 1986, and a PhD. in Political Science from the City University of New York Graduate Center in 1990. Phil worked as Deputy General Manager of the New York Housing Authority, and as Director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing Coordination. Phil is a frequent advisor to trade unions in their efforts to work with immigrant and community groups across the United States. Phil’s most recent academic work includes a 2004 review of public health interventions in poor black communities (written with Arline Geronimus) published in the Du Bois Review, entitled “To Denigrate, Ignore, or Disrupt: The Health Impact of Policy-induced Breakdown of Urban African American Communities of Support,” an article entitled “Judging Mayors” in the June 2005 issue of Perspectives on Politics, and a recent book called “Double Trouble: Black Mayors, Black Communities and the Struggle for Deep Democracy” published by Oxford University Press.

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