John Mollenkopf, who earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University’s department of government, came to the Graduate Center in 1981 from Stanford University, where he taught urban studies and public management. He directs the Center for Urban Research and coordinates the Graduate Center’s urban studies exchange with Humboldt University, Berlin, and its interdisciplinary program on public policy and urban studies. Among the sixteen books he has authored or edited are Bringing Outsiders In: Transatlantic Perspectives on Immigrant Political Incorporation (2009), edited with J. Hochschild, and Inheriting the City: The Children of Immigrants Come of Age (2010), with P. Kasinitz, M. Waters, and J. Holdaway, which won the Distinguished Book Award of the American Sociological Association (ASA), the Thomas and Znaniecki Award of the ASA Immigration Section, and the Mirra Komarovsky Award of the Eastern Sociological Society.
Mollenkopf co-organized the Russell Sage Foundation’s effort to understand the impact of the September 11th attack on New York City and edited its volume, Contentious City (2005). Other recent books include The Changing Face of World Cities (2012), coedited with M. Crul, and Becoming New Yorkers: Ethnographies of the New Second Generation (2004), coedited with Kasinitz and Waters. His Place Matters: A Metropolitics for the 21st Century (2001, rev. 2003), with P. Dreier and T. Swanstrom, won the Michael Harrington Award from the American Political Science Association.
A member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Building Resilient Regions and deeply involved in many New York City policy issues and initiatives, Mollenkopf has been a consultant for numerous city agencies. His renown as a political scientist has taken him as a visiting scholar to the Institut d’Études Politiques in Paris, the University of Amsterdam, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford.