John Mollenkopf is distinguished professor of political science and sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University and director of its Center for Urban Research. He is the author of numerous books on urban politics, urban policy, the politics of urban development, and New York City. Most recently, he is the coauthor with Philip Kasinitz, Mary Waters, and Jennifer Holdaway of “Inheriting the City: The Children of Immigrants Come of Age,” a study of educational, labor market, and political and civic outcomes among second-generation immigrant and native minority young adults in metropolitan New York. He is also analyzing the impact of immigration on city politics in New York and Los Angeles as well as what drives responses to immigrants in six metropolitan regions.
His book with Peter Dreier and Todd Swanstrom, “Place Matters: A Metropolitics for the 21st Century” (University Press of Kansas, revised edition 2003), won the 2002 Michael Harrington Award from the American Political Science Association “New Politics” section. He co-organized the Russell Sage Foundation’s effort to understand the impact of the September 11th attack on New York City. His “Contested City” (Princeton University Press, 1993) is considered the classic study of the rise of pro-growth politics in American cities.
Mollenkopf has served as a consultant for many city agencies in New York City, assisted in the city council redistricting process in 2003 and 1991, and advised the 1988-1989 Charter Revision Commission that abolished the old Board of Estimate. He has also served on the selection committees of the Paul and Daisy Soros New Americans fellowships and the “Setting into Motion” PhD fellowships of the Zeit Foundation based in Hamburg, Germany. 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.