Joan Fitzgerald

Director, Urban Studies Minor
Director, Law, Policy and Society Program
Professor of Education
Urban Economic Development, Workforce Development,
Education Policy
Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University

Office: 205 Holmes Hall
Telephone: (617) 373-3644

Joan Fitzgerald is Professor and Director of the Law, Policy and Society Program at Northeastern University. Previously, Fitzgerald taught urban policy and public affairs at the New School University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Ohio State University.
Fitzgerald has written for a wide number of publications, including Economic Development Quarterly, Evaluation and Program Planning, Journal of Black Political Economy, and Urban Education. She has also written policy papers for the Brookings Institution, the Education Commission of the States, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Economic Development Assistance Corporation of Boston.

She published Implementing Economic Development in Cities and Suburbs (Sage) with Nancey Green Leigh in 2002. The book explores how social justice and environmental sustainability can be incorporated into urban and suburban economic development strategies. Fitzgerald’s latest book, Moving up in the New Economy, (Cornell University Press) examines the proliferation of low-wage jobs in strong economic times and the effectiveness of labor market intermediaries in securing career advancement for workers. Funding for the research was provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the Century Foundation.

  • Why Urban Studies?

    Northeastern's Urban Studies minor provides students interested in cities the opportunity to take advantage of he resources of an urban university situated in a major metropolitan area. The minor equips students to understand the dynamics of urban growth and development and includes the study of urban social and political institutions. It also enables students to understand urban processes and develop policies to keep cities vibrant.

    An urban studies minor complements many social science majors as well as architecture, business, and engineering. The minor also provides a solid background for graduate study and professional careers in urban planning and policy, social work, and related fields.

  • Contact Information

    School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs
    Northeastern University
    335 Holmes Hall
    Boston, MA 02115

    617.373.2891 (phone)
    617.373.4691 (fax)