||CUR Director. Distinguished Professor, Political Science and Sociology
John Mollenkopf directs the Center for Urban Research.
Dr. Mollenkopf is a Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the Graduate Center and coordinates its interdisciplinary concentration in public policy and urban studies. He has authored or edited fifteen books on urban politics, urban policy, immigration, and New York City. Prior to joining the Graduate Center in 1981, he directed the Economic Development Division of the New York City Department of City Planning and taught urban studies and public management at Stanford University.
He received his PhD from Harvard and BA from Carleton College. With Philip Kasinitz, Mary Waters, and Jennifer Holdaway, Mollenkopf completed Inheriting the City: The Children of Immigrants Come of Age (paperback edition Russell Sage Foundation Press 2009), a study of educational attainment, labor market position, and political and civic involvement among second generation immigrant and native minority young adults in the New York metropolitan area. In 2010, the American Sociological Society named it the most distinguished book in the discipline for the previous several years. With Jennifer Hochschild, he also recently edited Bringing Outsiders In: Transatlantic Perspectives on Immigrant Political Incorporation (Cornell University Press, 2009).
His current research focuses on immigrants and politics in New York and Los Angeles, the political incorporation of immigrants in Europe and the U.S., and the comparative analysis of the immigrant the second generation in cross-national perspective. His Place Matters: A Metropolitics for the 21st Century, co-authored with Peter Dreier and Todd Swanstrom, won the Michael Harrington Prize of the American Political Science Association in 2002. He is a member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Building Resilient Regions and the international advisory board of the Netherlands Institute for City Innovation Studies and has served as a consultant to many public agencies in New York City.
John Mollenkopf's publications