Visiting Scholars & Practitioners

Who We Are: Visiting Scholars

Peter Derrick

Peter Derrick is a transit historian who is currently working on a book about MTA’s efforts to rebuild New York’s transit network from 1982 on. Dr. Derrick earned his Ph.D. from New York University in 1979, and worked as a planner and as assistant director of a department for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority from 1982 to 1996. He is the author of “Tunneling to the Future: The Story of the Great Subway Expansion That Saved New York,” published by New York University Press in April 2001 (paperback, 2002), as well as numerous articles about mass transit. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University.

Eric Kober

Eric Kober is a senior research scholar at the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management at New York University and a former director of housing, economic and infrastructure planning at the New York City Department of City Planning.  He has master's degrees in business administration from the Stern School of Business at NYU and in public and international affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

Greg Lindsay

Greg Lindsay is a contributing writer for Fast Company and the co-author of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next, a look at how air transportation and globalization are impacting cities, published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in March 2011. Greg was previously a contributing writer for Fortune and an editor-at-large for Advertising Age. He has written for Bloomberg BusinessWeek and Business 2.0, and was a senior correspondent at His writing has also appeared in Time, Wired, New York, Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, and The Daily Beast. Greg graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in journalism.

Robert B. Tierney

Robert B. Tierney was appointed Chairman of the Landmarks Preservation Commission by Mayor Bloomberg and confirmed by the City Council in December 2002. He served in that role until July 2014. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Tierney was a visiting scholar at New York University’s Taub Urban Research Center where he focused on issues of state and local governance. Tierney was formerly Director of Public Affairs at AT&T. He also served as Counsel to Mayor Edward I. Koch from 1978 to 1983 and as Assistant Counsel to Governor Hugh L. Carey from 1975 to 1978. He earned a B.A. at Yale University in English and received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University. Currently a distinguished fellow at NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, he also serves on the Board of Directors of the Fund for the City of New York.