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Ph.D. Program in Urban Education



Our research-intensive program is committed to critical and interdisciplinary studies in urban education, with a focus on diversity, equity and social justice.  The program prepares students with the necessary theoretical and methodological tools to understand urban education as part of other interconnected systems of urban life and to translate research findings into educational practice, policies, curricula, and political action.


Our Mission

Our program offers a flexible and interdisciplinary program of study related to curriculum and instruction in urban schools and a critical analysis of broader social, political, and economic aspects of urban education. 


Prospective Students

Doctoral students enter into a cohort that is commited to collaborative inquiry. They join the program with a wealth of experience in the field and throughout their tenure conduct critical studies in urban education, aiming to move research findings to social action. See Spotlights.


Students and Alumni

Graduates are prepared to take on a wide variety of careers in urban education, including: research and teaching in university programs; leadership in urban school districts, state and federal government agencies, non-governmental and community-based organizations; policy analysis and staff positions with legislators and legislative committees. 




The Urban Education faculty come from across the CUNY system, which results in a breadth of expertise, distinguished scholarly achievement and public engagement that anchors the program.  Fulltime doctoral faculty members include those who teach only at the Graduate Center as well as those who teach at both the Graduate Center and another CUNY campus.


Executive Officer

Wendy Luttrell

Graduate Center
Room 4202.01

Phone 212-817-8253

Assistant Program Officer

Christine Saieh

Assistant Program Officer
Graduate Center
Room 4202.04

Phone 212-817-8282


Urban Education Open House

Every year we hold an Open House event to familiarize candidates with the program. This Fall the Open House is going Virtual and will be held on November 2nd 5:30-7:30PM EST

Please RSVP for the Open House HERE