Professor Mollenkopf directs the CUNY Graduate Center’s Center for Urban Research and coordinates its interdisciplinary program on public policy and urban studies. Among his eighteen books are Unsettled Americans: Metropolitan Context and Civic Leadership for Immigrant Integration (co-edited with Manuel Pastor), Bringing Outsiders In: Transatlantic Perspectives on Immigrant Political Incorporation (co-edited with J. Hochschild); and Inheriting the City: The Children of Immigrants Come of Age (with P. Kasinitz, M. Waters, and J. Holdaway), which won the Distinguished Book Award of the American Sociological Association, the Thomas and Znaniecki Award of the ASA Immigration Section, and the Mirra Komarovsky Award of the Eastern Sociological Society. His Place Matters: A Metropolitics for the 21st Century (with P. Dreier and T. Swanstrom) won the Michael Harrington Award of the American Political Science Association. A member of the editorial board of the Urban Affairs Review, Dr. Mollenkopf has been a policy consultant for many city agencies.

 

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  • Ph.D. Department of Government, Harvard University, 1974
  • M.A. Department of Government, Harvard University, 1969
  • B.A. Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, 1967

  • Norton Long Lifetime Achievement Award, Urban and Local Politics Section, American Political Science Association (2017)
  • Docteur, honoris causa, University of Liege, Belgium (2013)
  • Fellow, Center for the Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, CA (2011-2012).
  • Distinguished Book Award, American Sociological Association (2010), best book in the discipline written within the previous two years. (For Inheriting the City.)
  • Thomas and Znaniecki Award, best book in 2008, International Migration section of the American Sociological Association (2009). (For Inheriting the City.)
  • Mirra Komarovsky Award, best book in 2008, Eastern Sociological Society (2009). (For Inheriting the City.)
  • Robert Ponte Award, New York Metro Chapter, American Planning Association (2006). For distinguished contribution to understanding economic development in New York City.
  • Michael Harrington Award, best book in 2001, New Politics Section, American Political Science Association (2002). (For Place Matters.)
  • Visiting Scholar, Russell Sage Foundation (2000-2001)
  • Grants
  • “Civic Engagement Survey of New York City Voters,” July – December 2018 (New York City Service, Office of the Mayor)
  • “GOTV Turnout Experiment Among Chinese and Latino Surname Voters in the 2017 New York City Primary and General Elections,” August 2017-September 2018 (Double R Foundation)
  • Mentor, Cultural Policy Fellowship, in conjunction with the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, 2016 (New York Community Trust).
  • Principal Investigator, “Strengthening Communities Summit and Nonprofit Sector Research,” 2014-2017 (with Nicole Marwell), Helmsley Foundation
  • Co-organizer and executive committee member, “Strengthening Communities Summit,” March 2015 (with Nicole Marwell, Office of Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services of NYC, and Human Services Council), (The Clark Foundation and The Helmsley Foundation
  • Principal Investigator, “Towards a 21st Century City for All,” 2012-2013, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, J. M. Kaplan Foundation, New York Foundation, Open Society Foundation, Charles S. Revson Foundation, and the Scherman Foundation.
  • Principal Investigator, “The Immigration Challenge: The Politics of Immigrant Reception in Seven Old and New Immigrant Gateways,” MacArthur Research Network on Building Resilient Regions,” 2009-2013.
  • Principal Investigator, “Immigrants and Politics in New York and Los Angeles,” Russell Sage Foundation, 2005-2013
  • Principal Investigator, “HomeBase Homelessness Preventions Research,” Department of Homeless Services, City of New York, 2008-2013

  • urban politics
  • urban policy
  • immigrant integration
  • political mobilization and empowerment of racial and ethnic groups
  • neighborhood change in the context of urban political economy

  • BOOKS
    • Unsettled Americans: Metropolitan Context and Civic Leadership for Immigrant Integration (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press), co-edited with Manuel Pastor. 2016
    • Toward a 21st Century City for All: Progressive Policies for New York City in 2013 and Beyond, edited (New York: Center for Urban Research) and 21cforall.org. 2013
    • The Changing Face of World Cities: The Second Generation in West Europe and the U.S., coedited with Maurice Crul (New York: Russell Sage Foundation). 2012
    • Bringing Outsiders In: Transatlantic Perspectives on Immigrant Political Incorporation, co-edited with Jennifer Hochschild (Ithaca: Cornell University Press). 2009
    • Inheriting the City: The Children of Immigrants Come of Age, with Philip Kasinitz, Mary Waters, and Jennifer Holdaway (Cambridge: Harvard University Press and New York: The Russell Sage Foundation). Paperback revised edition, Russell Sage Foundation, 2009. Winner of Mirra Komarovsky Award, Eastern Sociological Society (March 2009) and the Thomas and Znaniecki Award of the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association (August 2009).
    • Urban Politics Reader, co-edited with Elizabeth Strom. (New York: Routledge). 2006
    • Contentious City: The Politics of Recovery in New York City, editor. (New York: Russell Sage Foundation). 2005
    • Becoming New Yorkers: Ethnographies of the New Second Generation, co-edited with Philip Kasinitz and Mary Waters (New York: Russell Sage Foundation) Honorable Mention, 2005 Robert S. Park Award, American Sociological Association. 2004
    • Place Matters: A Metropolitics for the 21st Century, with Peter Dreier and Todd Swanstrom (Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas). Winner of the 2002 Michael Harrington Prize, American Political Science Association New Politics Section. 2001. (Revised second edition, 2004. Revised third edition 2014.)
    • E Pluribus Unum? Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Immigrant Political Incorporation, co-edited with Gary Gerstle (New York: Russell Sage Foundation Press) 2001
    • Rethinking the Urban Agenda, co-edited with Ken Emerson. (Washington, DC: The Century Foundation through Brookings Institution Press). 2001
    • Mapping Crime Hotspots: Frontiers of Practice, co-edited with Victor Goldsmith, Philip McGuire, and Timothy Ross (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications). 2000
    • New York City in the 1980s: A Social, Economic, and Political Atlas (New York: Simon and Schuster Academic Reference Books) 1993
    • A Phoenix in the Ashes: The Rise and Fall of the Koch Coalition in New York City Politics (Princeton: Princeton University Press) 1992. (Paperback edition with new afterward, 1994)
    • The Dual City: Restructuring New York, co-edited with Manuel Castells (New York: Russell Sage Foundation). 1991
    • Changing New York City Politics, with Asher Arian, Arthur Goldberg, and Edward Rogowsky (New York: Routledge). 1991
    • Power, Culture, and Place: Essays on New York City, editor (New York: Russell Sage Foundation). 1989
    • The Contested City (Princeton: Princeton University Press) (Choice Outstanding Academic Book selection). 1983
  • ARTICLES OR BOOK CHAPTERS
  • 2017 “The Trajectory of New York City’s Historically Black Neighborhoods,” Metropolitics (May 6) at http://www.metropolitiques.eu/The-Evolution-of-New-York-City-s.html
  • 2014 “Late Generation Ethnicity is Still With Us,” Ethnic and Racial Studies 37:5 (March):795-798.
  • 2014 “The Rise of Immigrant Influence in New York City Politics,” in Immigration and the New Urban Landscape: New York and Amsterdam, edited by N. Foner, J. Rath, J.W. Duyvendak, and R.V. Reekum (New York: New York University Press).
  • 2013 “Needed, A Progressive Agenda,” Chapter 1 (with Brad Lander) and “Shifting Shares:

Demographic Change, Differential Mobility, and Electoral Trends in New York City,” (with Lesley

Hirsch, Joseph Pereira, and Steven Romalewski) in John Mollenkopf, ed., Toward a 21st Century

City for All: Progressive Policies for New York City in 2013 and Beyond, (New York: Center for

Urban Research) and www.21cforall.org.

  • 2013 “Stadtteilpolitik: Lehren aus den USA,” in Martin Kronauer and Walter Siebel, eds., Polarisierte Städte (Frankfurt: Campus Verlag), pp. 309-328.
  • 2013 “The Second Generation,” (with Philip Kasinitz and Mary Waters) in One Out Of Three: Immigrant New York in the 21st Century, edited by Nancy Foner (New York: Columbia University Press).
  • 2013 “How to Think about Models of Immigrant Political Incorporation,” in Models of Immigrant Political Incorporation edited by Jennifer Hochschild, Claudine Gay, Michael Jones Correa, and Jacqueline Chattopadhyay (New York: Oxford University Press)
  • 2013 “New York City and Los Angeles: Government and Political Influence,” with Raphael Sonenshein, in David Halle and Andrew Beveridge, editors, New York and Los Angeles: The Uncertain Future (New York: Oxford University Press).
  • 2012 “Immigrants and Urban Politics,” (co-authored with Romain Garbaye) Oxford Handbook of Urban Politics, edited by Karen Mossberger, Susan E. Clarke, and Peter John (New York: Oxford

University Press), Chapter 19, pp. 366-393.

  • 2011 “Die Zweite Generation in den Schulen von New York City” in Schule mit Migrationshintergrund (Munster: Waxmann), edited by Ursula Neumann and Jens Schnieder [“The Second Generation in New York City Schools” in Schools with a Migration Background.]
  • 2010 “School is Out: New York, Chicago, and LA in Urban Theory,” revised for Dennis Judd and Dick Simpson, The City Revisited: Urban Theory from Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press)
  • 2010 “Segmented Assimilation Revisited: Types of Acculturation and Socioeconomic Mobility in Young Adulthood,” coauthored with Philip Kasinitz, Van Tran, and Mary Waters, Ethnic and Racial Studies 33:7 (July):1168-1193.
  • 2010 “Imigrant political incorporation: Comparing success in the United States and Western Europe,” (with Jennifer Hochschild) Ethnic and Racial Studies 33:1 (January):19-38
  • 2009 “The Dutch Orange and the Big Apple: A Comparative Commentary,” concluding essay of Jan Willem Duyvendak, Frank Hendriks, and Mies van Niekerk, eds, City in Sight: Dutch Dealings with Urban Change (Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam Press, 2009)
  • 2009 “The Neighbourhood Context of Second Generation Education and Labour Market Outcomes in New York City,” with Ana Champeny, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 35:7 (August 2009):1181-1199
  • 2008 “School Is Out: The Case of New York City,” Urban Affairs Review 44:1 (November).
  • 2008 “Immigrant Political Empowerment in New York and Los Angeles,” in Gary Orfield and Andrew Grant Thomas, eds.,Color Lines: Exploring the Frontiers of America’s Multiracial Present and Future (Philadelphia: Temple University Press).
  • 2006 “Politics Among Young Adults in New York City: The Second Generation,” (with Philip Kasinitz, Mary Waters, and Jennifer Holdaway) in Transforming Politics, Transforming America: The Political and Civic Incorporation of Immigrants in the United States. (Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press).
  • 2006 “Talking and Doing: Discourse and Development in New York and Berlin,” (with Elizabeth Strom), in Gunter Lenz, Friedrich Ulters and Antje Dallmann, eds, Toward a New Metropolitanism (Berlin: Universitatsverlag)
  • 2005 “How 9/11 Reshaped the Political Environment in New York,” in John Mollenkopf, ed., Contentious City: The Politics of Recovery in New York City. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, pp. 205-222.
  • 2005 “Trajectories for the Immigrant Second Generation in New York City,” FRBNY Economic Policy Review Special Issue on “Urban Dynamics in New York City” (Fall).
  • 2005 “Population and Economy,” in Michael Goodwin, editor, New York Comes Back: The Mayoralty of Edward I. Koch. New York: powerHouse Books.
  • 2004 “The Ever-Winding Path: Ethnic and Racial Diversity in the Transition to Adulthood,” (with Mary Waters, Jennifer Holdaway, and Philip Kasinitz) in On the Frontier of Adulthood: Theory, Research, and Public Policy, edited by Richard A. Settersten, Jr., Frank F. Furstenberg, Jr., and Rubén G. Rumbaut (University of Chicago)
  • 2003 “New York: Still the Great Anomaly,” in Rufus Browning, Dale Marshall, and David Tabb, eds., Racial Politics in American Cities, 3rd ed. (New York: Longman), pp. 115-140.
  • 2003 “Economic Inequality and Public Policy: The Power of Place,” (with Peter Dreier and Todd
  • Swanstrom), City and Community 1:4 (December), pp. 349-372.
  • 2002 “Becoming American/Becoming New Yorkers: Immigrant Incorporation in a Majority Minority City,” (With Mary Waters, Philip Kasinitz, and Jennifer Holdaway) International Migration Review 36:4
  • 2002 “Who Decides and How? Government Decision-Making After 9/11,” Properties (April 2002 Special Issue on 9/11), pp. 392-409.
  • 2002 “Second Generation Transnationalism in New York Today,” (with Philip Kasinitz, Mary Waters, and Merih Anil) in Waters and Levitt, eds. The Changing Face of Home: The Transnational Loves of the Second Generation (New York: Russell Sage Foundation).
  • 2001 “Immigrant Political Participation in New York and Los Angeles,” (with David Olson and Timothy Ross) in Michael Jones Correa, ed., Governing Urban America: Immigrants, Natives, and Urban Politics (Russell Sage Foundation).
  • 2000 “Assimilating Immigrants in Amsterdam: A Perspective from New York,” with comments by Robert Kloosterman, Susan S. Fainstein, Malcolm Cross, Kees van Kersbergen, Enzo Mingione and Enrico Pugliese, and Hans Vermeulen and Tijno Venema, with rejoinder. Netherlands Journal of Social Sciences 36:2 126-175.
  • 2000 “L’acces aux donnees a echelle fine aux Etats-Unis,” L’Espace Geographique 29(1):49-50.

  • 2017 Keynote Address, Conference on Immigrant Integration and Gateways for Growth: Comparative Perspectives, University of California, San Diego, November 13.
  • 2017 “Inequality in New York City,” Presentation to the Stone Center Workshop on Inequality, The Graduate Center, June 9.
  • 2017 “Immigrant Political Representation in New York City, presentation to conference on immigrant political participation, Baruch College, May 1.
  • 2016 “Immigrant Electoral Empowerment: Notes Toward a Comparison of New York and Berlin,”
  • presentation to Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, June 9.
  • 2016 “How Citizens of Immigrant Origin Have Entered the Precincts of (Electoral) Power in New York City,” ECPR Workshop on Immigrant Political Incorporation, Pisa, Italy – April 25-29, 2016
  • 2016 “The Gorgeous Mosaic? What Voting Patterns Tell Us about Immigrant Group Differences in New York City,” paper for Session on Politics, Governance, and Community Organizations, Workshop on Super-Diversity: A Transatlantic Conversation, The Graduate Center, CUNY April 5, 2016
  • 2015 “Political Economy,” lecture to incoming cohort of doctoral students, New York-Toronto-Berlin International Graduate College, TU Berlin, June 18
  • 2015 “European and American Cities,” lectures at the University of Vienna, June 10, and Viadrina University at Frankfurt am Oder, June 16.
  • 2015 Welcome, summary, and concluding remarks, Strengthening Communities Summit, The Graduate Center, March 2. (Also on video.)
  • 2014 “Revisiting Dual City? by Mollenkopf and Castells,” New School for Social Research, December 2.
  • 2014 “The Fall of the Koch Coalition in New York and the Challenges of a Left-Oriented Governing Majority, 1977-2013,” Presentation to panel on “Political Time in Urban Settings,” Center for Metropolitan Studies, TU Berlin, November 21.
  • 2014 “Perspectives on Ferguson: Metropolitan Responses to Suburban Poverty and Racial Division,” Place Matters Forum, University of Missouri St. Louis, October 2.
  • 2014 Forum on Police Violence with Rev. Al Sharpton, Murphy Institute, CUNY, September 19.
  • 2014 “Making New Public Spaces in New York City,” plenary presentation, Summer School on Appropriating Public Spaces, University of Vienna and Austrian Academy of Science, June 30.
  • 2014 “Immigrants and City Politics in Comparative Perspective,” Conference on Immigrants in London, London School of Economics, June 27.
  • 2014 “How New York City Finally Elected a Liberal Mayor,” American Politics Colloquium, Department of Political Science, Northwestern University, May 23; Centre Sociologiquement du Change, Sciences Po, Paris, June 23.
  • 2014 “Harlem and Bed-Stuy: Evolution of Black Neighborhoods in New York City, 1990-2015,” Presentation to Social Science Research Council Workshop on the Decent City, May 19.
  • 2013 Framing talk, final meeting of Immigrant Challenge working group, University of Southern California, December 6.
  • 2013 Plenary Address, “Toward a 21st Century City for All” conference, The Graduate Center, November 11.
  • 2013 “Governance and Politics of Economic Development in the Changing American City,” Conference on urban governance, Harvard University, October 11.
  • 2013 “Immigrants and Politics in New York City,” Institute for Social Research, University of Oslo, Norway, September 20.
  • 2013 “Immigrant Political Incorporation in Comparative Perspective,” Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, June 20.
  • 2013 “Struggling over Strangers or Receiving with Resilience? The Metropolitics of Immigrant Integration.” With Manuel Pastor, Building Resilient Regions Closing Symposium, Urban Institute, Washington DC, May 31.
  • 2013 Plenary address, “Toward a 21st Century City for All,” The Graduate Center, May 13
  • 2013 “Metropolitan Responses to the New Immigration,” Urban Affairs Association, San Francisco, April 5.
  • 2013 “Immigrant Political Incorporation in Comparative Perspective,” Department of Sociology, University of Liege, Liege, Belgium, April 22.
  • 2012 “Immigrant Integration in the Global City: New York in Comparative Perspective,” Department of Sociology, University of Urbino, Urbino, Italy, November 19.
  • 2012 “Immigrants and Politics in New York City,” presentations to Doctoral Student Methodology Workshop, School of Social Administration, University of Chicago, and Political Science Colloquium, Michigan State University, September 10 and 11.
  • 2012 “Mixed Income Housing Research: The State of the Art,” at conference on Mixed Income Housing and Neighborhood Effects, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, June 4-5, co-organized with Sako Musterd, University of Amsterdam, and Robert Sampson, Harvard University.
  • 2012 “Double Vision of a Divided City: Häussermann’s Berlin Through American Eyes,” keynote talk, symposium in honor of Hartmut Häussermann, Georg Simmel Zentrum, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, April 27.
  • 2012 “How to Study Cities and Why” and “The Future of the City,” presentations to Fellows, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, February 15 and March 7.
  • 2012 “Segmented Assimilation Revisited,” Departmental Colloquium, Department of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, February 6.
  • 2011 “Immigrants and Electoral Politics in New York City,” Workshop on Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration, University of California, Berkeley, October 14.
  • 2011 “An Analysis of the Neighborhood Correlates of Homelessness in New York City,” Department of Homeless Services, July 29.
  • 2011 “The Logic of Comparative Urban Research,” summer training program of RC21 Research Committee on Urban and Regional Research, Amsterdam, Netherlands, July 2.
  • 2011 “The Urban Policy of the Obama Administration,” Urban Studies Program, The University of Amsterdam, June 28.
  • 2011 “Perspectives on Immigrant Incorporation,” presented to Immigrant Council of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland, February 21.
  • 2011 “Immigrants and Politics in New York City,” presented at University of Amsterdam (January 29), the University of California (March 4), and the Joseph S. Murphy Labor Institute, CUNY (April 13).

  • Policy Analysis, Urban Policy, Urban Politics, Government and Politics of New York City, Immigration and New York City Politics, Politics of Urban Inequality, Labor, Community, and Power, Ethnography and Public Policy, The European City and the American City, Foundations of Urban Social Theory, Research Seminar on Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration, Research Seminar on Race, Representation, and Redistricting, Research Seminar on Immigrant Political Incorporation in Urban America, Theories of Neighborhood and Community Change, Future of Urban Studies, Core Seminar in Urban Studies

  • National
    • Member, Editorial Board, Urban Affairs Review (2015-2019)
    • Member, Executive Committee, Section on Migration and Citizenship, American Political Science
    • Association (2013-2015).
    • Chair, Woodrow Wilson Award Committee, American Political Science Association (2016).
    • Member, subcommittee on housing, neighborhoods, and city planning, de Blasio mayoral transition (December 2013).
    • Member, advisory board, Institute for State and Local Governance, CUNY (2013-present).
    • Member, MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Building Resilient Regions (2006-2013).
    • Member, Board of Directors and Finance Committee, Research Data Center of New York City, U.S. Census Bureau (2005-present).
    • Member, Steering Committee, National Immigrant Integration Conference (2015); organizer of academic perspectives track.
  • International
    • Member, COST Action 16111 ETHMIGSURVEYDATA, a network of experts who have conducted survey research on immigrant groups in Europe and North America (2017-present).
    • Advisory Board member, Pathways Projects (immigrant political representation in the EU), http://pathways.eu/ (2015-present)
    • Organizer, Humboldt University-CUNY Graduate Center Urban Studies Exchange Program (2001- 2016) with Prof. Talja Blokland, Chair of Urban and Regional Sociology, Humboldt University Berlin.
    • Co-organizer, International Graduate College Berlin-New York-Toronto, Technical University of Berlin (2009-2016)
    • Member, Rector’s Advisory Committee on the Sociology Faculty, University of Bielefeld, Germany (January 2014).
    • Member, Advisory Committee, “Settling into Motion” doctoral fellowship program, Zeit Stiftung, Hamburg, Germany (2007-2014).

John Mollenkopf