JOSEPH P. VITERITTI is the Thomas Hunter Professor of Public Policy and Chair of the Urban Affairs & Planning Department at Hunter College. Prior to coming to Hunter in 2004, he had taught at Princeton University, New York University, Harvard University, and the State University of New York at Albany. At NYU, he served as co-chair (with Diane Ravitch) and Director of the Program on Education and Civil Society, an interdisciplinary research institute.
Professor Viteritti specializes in education policy, state & local governance, and public law. Among his most recent of many books is When Mayors Take Charge: School Governance in the City (Brookings Institution Press). His more than 100 articles and essays have appeared in social science journals, law reviews, and popular media, such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, and Education Week. He has just published, Summer in the City: John Lindsay, New York, and the American Dream (Johns Hopkins University Press).
Professor Viteritti has an extensive record of public service, having served as special assistant to the Chancellor of Schools in New York, senior advisor to the school superintendents in Boston and San Francisco, and as director, member, or advisor to blue ribbon panels examining issues pertaining to education, city charters, police, corrections, public management, and compensation. In 2008 he served as Executive Director of the NYC Commission on School Governance. In 2010 he served as Research Director for the New York City Charter Revision Commission.