Peter Marcuse, April 2012

Peter Marcuse's CV

Professor of Urban Planning,
Columbia University

PDFs of short 2-page CV; 24-page full CV

created 6/6/2016; last updated 8/17/16
( to Peter Marcuse's homepage)

Employment & Public Offices
Editorial Work
(selected, 1996-2001)
Book Reviews
& Lectures
available online

Education (back to top)

  • B.A., Harvard College, Magna cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa;
    major: History and Literature of the 19th Century; 1948
  • J.D., Yale Law School, 1952. M.A. Columbia University, Department of Public Law and Government;
    Thesis topic: "Benign Quotas in Housing;" 1963.
  • M.U.S. (Master of Urban Studies), Yale School of Architecture, Department of City Planning, 1968.
  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, Department of City and Regional Planning, College of Environmental Design, Social Policies Planning Program;
    Dissertation topic: "Home Ownership for Low Income Families: Legal and Financial Implications," 1972.

Employment & Public Offices (back to top)

  • Attorney with Margaret C. Driscoll, General Counsel, Connecticut State CIO Council, January 1953‑November 1956.
  • Director of Research, Connecticut State Commission on Housing, 1957‑58; author of its "Report to the Governor and Legislature of the State of Connecticut."
  • Private practice of law, Waterbury, Connecticut, November 1956‑January 1962.
  • Attorney and partner (managing partner, 1966‑72), law firm of Weisman & Weisman, Waterbury, Connecticut, specializing in corporate, tax, labor and real estate law; 1962‑72 (on leave, 1968‑69).
  • Attorney, National Housing Law Project, School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, 1968‑69.
  • Professor of Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles, 1972‑75.
  • Professor of Urban Planning Division of Urban Planning (Chairman, 1975‑79), Columbia University New York, 1975‑2012
  • Visiting Professor, J. W. Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main, West Germany, 1981‑2
  • Visiting Lecturer, College of Architecture and Building, Weimar, East Germany, Fall, 1989
  • Visiting Lecturer, Humboldt University, Berlin (East), spring, 1990
  • Harvey Perloff Professor of Planning, University of California at Los Angeles, Spring,1992
  • Research Fellow, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia, Fall, 1994
  • Visiting Professor of Urban Sociology, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, Spring 1995
  • Visiting Professor, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, July, 1999
  • Visiting Professor, Technical University of Vienna, March, 2002

Public Offices

  • Majority Leader, Board of Alderman, City of Waterbury, 1959‑1963.
  • Member, City Plan Commission, Waterbury, 1964‑68.
  • Member, City Planning Commission, City of Los Angeles, 1973‑1975; President, 1974‑75.
  • Member, Community Board #9, New York City, and its Housing Committee, 1979‑81; 1983‑1998 (Chair, 1983‑9, 1993‑).

Editorial Work (Professional Journals) (back to top)

  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Planning Education and Research, 1981‑
  • Member, Editorial Board, Comparative Urban and Community Research.
  • Associate Editor, Planning Perspectives: An International Journal of History, Planning, and the Environment, 1984‑
  • Member, International Advisory Group, Housing Studies, 1986‑
  • Contributing Editor, City Limits, 1985-1994.
  • Consulting Editor, Encyclopedia of Housing, 1998
  • Co-editor, Special Issue, American Behavioral Scientist, 1997
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Hagar: International Social Science Review, 2000-

Selected Articles (1996-2001) (back to top) (for full list, see 24-page full CV)

  • "Space and Race in the Post‑fordist City: The Outcast Ghetto and Advanced Homelessness in the United States Today." in Enzo Mingione, ed. The New Urban Poverty, Blackwell, London, 1996.

  • “Privatization and its Discontents: Property Rights in Land and Housing in Eastern Europe.” in Andrusz, Gregory, Michael Harloe and Ivan Szelenyi, eds. Cities After Socialism: Urban and Regional Change and Conflict in Post-Socialist Societies. London: Blackwell, 1996.

  • “Housing Movements in the United States.” in: Uchida, Katsuichi, and Yosuke Hirayama. 1996. Housing Rights Movements in Comparative Perspective. Vol 5 of Human Settlement and the Right to Housing in Japan. Tokyo: University of Tokyo Press, pp. 91-126. (in Japanese) 1966.

  • “Walls of Fear and Walls of Support.” In Ellin, Nan, ed. Architecture of Fear. Princeton University Press 1997.

  •  “Walls in the City: Is the Goal a Wall-less City?” in Dennis Crow, ed. 1996. Geography and Identity: Living and Exploring Geopolitics of Identity. Washington, D.C.: Maisonneuve Press.

  • “Of Walls and Immigrant Enclaves.” In Naomi Carmon, ed. Immigration and Integration in Post-Industrial Societies. Theoretical analysis and Policy-Related Research. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1996.

  • “Turning Around Failure: Introduction.” Willem van Vliett-- ed. Affordable Housing and Urban Redevelopment in the United States. Thousand Oaks, Calif: Sage Pulications, Urban Affairs Annual Review, vol. 46. 1997.

  • “The Enclave, the Citadel, and the Ghetto: What Has Changed in the Post-Fordist U.S. City.” Urban Affairs Review, vol. 33, No. 2, November 1997, pp. 228-264

  • “Mainstreaming Public Housing: Proposal for a Comprehensive Approach to Housing Policy.” in Varady, David P., Wolfgang F.E. Preiser, and Francis P. Russell, New Directions in Urban Public Housing. New Brunswick, N.J.: Center for Urban Policy Research, 1998.

  • “A New Spatial Order in Cities?” in American Behavioral Scientist special issue, The New Spatial Order of Cities, Vol 41, no. 3, November/December, 1997. pp. 285-299. (with Ronald von Kempen.).

  •  “The Ghetto of Exclusion and the Fortified Enclave: New Patterns in the United States.” in American Behavioral Scientist special issue, The New Spatial Order of Cities, Vol 41, no. 3, November/December, 1997. pp. 311-326.

  • “Space over Time: The Changing Position of the Black Ghetto in the United States.” 1998. Netherlands Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, vol. 13, No. 1, pp. 7-24.

  • “Historic Preservation, Cultural Tourism, and Planning.” 1998. Trialog, no. 58, March, 1998, pp. 4-12.

  •  “Commodifying the Garden of Eden.” Text for Räder, Mark. Scanscape: A Visual Essay about a Global Phenomenon. Barcelona: Actar, 2000.

  • “Housing Movements in the U.S.A” in Housing, Theory and Society, vol 16, 1999, pp. 67-86.

  • “Physical Reflections of Globalization,” in Cities in a Globalizing World: Global Report on Human Settlement 2001, United Nations Center for Human Settlements, London: Earthscan Publications, 2001, pp. 31-38.

Book Reviews (back to top)

  • Books reviews published in the following journals: Journal of the American Institute of Planners, Monthly Review, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Urban Affairs Quarterly, American Political Science Review, Journal of International Affairs, Political Science Quarterly, Journal of Planning Education and Research, The Urban Lawyer, City Limits, Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, Business History Review, Netherlands Journal of Housing and the Built Environment


  • Invited lectures at Cornell, Rutgers University, University of California at Los Angeles, University of Tennessee, Jackson State University, New York University, Portland State University, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Yale University, Brown University, Wesleyan University, Harvard University, Florida Atlantic University, and universities abroad in Canada, Brazil, Germany, Hungary, China, Australia, Hong Kong, France, England, Finland, Taiwan, Ireland, Italy, Russia, New Zealand, South Africa, Denmark, Belgium, Israel, The Netherlands, Argentina, Croatia, Singapore, Vienna

Books (back to top)

  • Equality, (co‑author), Pantheon Press, New York, 1965.

  • A German Way of Revolution: Politisches Tagebuch eines Amerikaners. Berlin, Dietz Verlag, 1990.

  • Missing Marx. A Personal and Political Journal of a Year in East Germany, 1989‑1990. New York, Monthly Review Press, 1991.

  • Wohnen und Stadtpolitik im Umbruch: Perspektiven der Stadterneuerung nach 40 Jahren DDR. Berlin, Akademie Verlag, 1991. [with Fred Staufenbiel, ed.]

  • Globalizing Cities: A New Spatial Order? (co-editor, with Ronald van Kempen) Blackwell Publishers, 1999

  • Of States and Cities: The Partitioning of Urban Space (co-editor, with Ronald van Kempen) Oxford University Press, 2002.

  • Searching for the Just City: Debates in Urban Theory and Practice (with James Connolly, Johannes Novy, Ingrid Olivo, Cuz Potter, Justin Steil, eds.) 2009. Oxford: Routledge.

  • Cities for People, Not for Profit. (co-edited with Neil Brenner and Margit Mayer), Routledge Press, London, 2009.

  • In Defense of Housing: Housing as Homes,Not As Real Estate, with David Madden, Verso Press, London, 2016.

Publications Available Online (back to top)

  • 1964: In July 1964 Peter spent two weeks in Jackson, Mississippi as a member of a project giving legal aid in civil rights cases. He wrote a series of five articles for his hometown newspaper, the Waterbury American, describing his experiences. You can read the articles in one 12-page pdf, or individually, as listed below.
    • "Traveling In Another World," July 9, 1964. Describes his arrival at the Jackson airport, and some forms of harrassment that civil rights activists experience from police and local residents.
    • "Modern Mississippi Justice," July 13, 1964. Describes how the judicial system (frivolous arrests, bail, legal counsel) was used to silence integrationists.
    • "'War' in Mississippi," July 17, 1964. Describes a meeting with the adversarial mayor of Columbus, MS, about the arrests of volunteers who were passing out leaflets in a Black neighborhood, and how difficult it was for legal aid to rent a typewriter locally.
    • "'Progress' in Mississippi," July 18, 1964. Continues the previous installment, about the hurdles in filing a petition to remove the case from local jurisdiction to a Federal Circuit Court.
    • "Still a Long Way To Go," July 21, 1964. Offers an overview of the effects of the Civil Rights Act: how integrated businesses and better-off Blacks are benefitting, while "normal" citizens see few gains. Describes an integration "test" of small groups of Blacks ordering lunch at various restaurants in Laurel, Miss., and what happened in one case.
    • Peter recalled (and re-found) these articles after watching the PBS American Experience installment on President Johnson; in 2014 PBS aired a very moving documentary on the Freedom Summer, both of which can be watched online.

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