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Susanna Schaller, Ph.D., AICP



Center for Worker Education



25 Broadway 7-46

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  • Profile


    Susanna Schaller is Lecturer in Public Administration at the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education. She earned her Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University and is a certified urban planner.  Her research examines the intersection of ethnicity, race and gender in urban planning discourses and the construction of “ideologies place.”  Her most recent work focused on the use of business improvement districts (BID) as strategies to revitalize ethnically and economically diverse urban neighborhoods in Washington, DC.  In her analysis she deliberately situates BIDs historically.  She argues that economic development strategies should not divorced from an understanding of the trajectory of urban planning policies aimed at and implicated in producing a fractured and segregated urban space. The question, then, remains what kinds of economic development strategies might further equity and economic development goals simultaneously.  Her work on BIDs has been published in the US as well as Germany and Ecuador.

    Her professional practice has focused on urban governance and economic development as well as small business development and microfinance.  She has served as Senior Planner to the Municipal Art Society in New York, worked extensively with a community development credit union in Upper Manhattan and developed a microenterprise program as well as managed community visioning projects for a Latino community development corporation in Washington, DC.   

  • Education


    Ph.D., City and Regional Planning, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

    M.A. and M.C.R.P., Latin American Studies and Community and Regional Planning, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

    B.A., English Literature, Barnard College, New York, NY

  • Courses Taught


    Professor Schaller teaches courses on urban policy, public administration, urban governance, as well as the in the core social sciences.

  • Research Interests


    Professor Schaller’s current scholarship focuses on planning theory, urban anthropology, sociology, as well as economic geography. 

  • Publications


    Schaller, Susanna and Johannes Novy. 2011. “New York City’s Waterfronts as Strategic Sites for Analyzing Neoliberalism and its Contestations.” In Fixity and Flow of Urban Waterfronts, ed. Gene Desfor, Jennefer Laidley, Dirk Schubert, and Quentin Stevens. New York: Routledge.

    Schaller, Susanna. 2009. “Construyendo sobre lo urbano con distritos de mejoramiento comercial en Washington DC.”  In La ciudad contemporania en Los Estados Unidos: Perspectivas a traves de las sciencias sociales, ed. Lisa M. Hanley, published by FLACSO/OLACCHI Quito, Ecuador

    Schaller, Susanna and Gabriela Modan. 2008. “Contesting Public Space and Citizenship: Implications for Neighborhood Business Improvement Districts.” In Business Improvement Districts: Research, Theories, and Controversies, ed. Göktug Morçöl, Lorlene Hoyt, Jack Meek, and Ulf Zimmermann. New York: CRC Press (Taylor and Francis).

    Schaller, Susanna with Johannes Novy. 2005. “Gemeinwesenorientierte Stadtteilerneuerung in Washington, DC. (Community-based Neighborhood Revitalization in Washington, DC).” In Handbuch Sozialraum, ed. Fabian Kessel, Christian Reutlinger, Susanne Maurer and Oliver Frey.

    Schaller, Susanna and Gabriela Modan. 2005. “Contesting Public Space and Citizenship: Implications for Neighborhood Business Improvement Districts.” Journal of Planning Education and Research. Vol. 24, No. 4, 394-407. (Among the journals ten most cited articles 2005-2007)

    Beneria Lourdes and Susanna Schaller. 2003. “Labor Market Informalization and the Changing Landscape of Cities.” Monopolis: Globalisierung und Stadtforschung, Wien, Sinn-haft, 14/15.

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