NYU Wagner Welcomes Distinguished Urban Researchers


Two leading urban practitioners whose frontline work focuses on advancing the understanding of cities around the world are bringing their hands-on experience and knowledge to NYU Wagner as the school’s Distinguished Visiting Urbanists:

  • Sumila Gulyani is currently the Global Lead for Urban Development Strategy and Analytics at the World Bank. She is the author of the book Innovating with Infrastructure and of several articles on urban development, water, electricity, transport, and slums. Dr. Gulyani received her Ph.D. in Economic Development and Urban Planning as well as a Master’s degree in Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her work at Wagner concludes in May 2017.
  • Elizabeth ("Liz") Glazer will be teaching at Wagner through the Spring 2018 semester. She is currently the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, serving as the senior criminal justice policy advisor to the Mayor and First Deputy Mayor. Ms. Glazer oversees citywide criminal justice policy and develops and implements strategies across city agencies and partners to enhance public safety, reduce unnecessary incarceration, and increase fairness. Ms. Glazer received her B.A. from Harvard University and her J.D. from Columbia Law School. She clerked for then-US Circuit Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The Wagner Urbanists teach, conduct research, collaborate on scholarly publications and projects, and enrich the academic life of NYU Wagner by contributing their invaluable perspective on urban issues. The position was made possible with generous philanthropic support.

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