Director, Urban Studies Minor
Director, Law, Policy and Society Program
Professor of Education
Urban Economic Development, Workforce Development,
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.