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Susanna Schaller, Ph.D., AICP

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Susanna Schaller, Ph.D., AICP

Assistant Professor

School/Division
Office
25 Broadway 7-46
Phone Number: 
212-925-6625 x 207
Fax: 
212-925-0963
Email: 
sschaller@ccny.cuny.edu
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Profile
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Susanna Schaller is an Assistant Professor in Urban Studies, Administration and PLanning 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 research focuses on the micropolitics of urban governance, specifically business improvement districts and “BID urbanism” (Schaller, forthcoming). She examines processes of urban restructuring and place making through these PPP regimes. Her work focuses on questions of equity, investigating the dynamics of inclusion and exclusion. 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.  She teaches courses in urban studies and planning.

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 with a community development credit union in Upper Manhattan and developed a microenterprise program as well as co-developed a community visioning project for a Latino community development corporation in Washington, DC.   

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Education
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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

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Courses Taught
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Professor Schaller teaches courses in urban policy, public administration, urban governance, as well as the in the MA in the Studies of the Americas.

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Research Interests
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Her research focuses on the micropolitics of urban governance, specifically business improvement districts and “BID urbanism” (Schaller, forthcoming). She examines processes of urban restructuring and place making through these PPP regimes. Her work focuses on questions of equity, investigating the dynamics of inclusion and exclusion. She teaches courses in urban studies and planning.

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Publications
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Schaller, Susanna. 2018. "Public–private synergies: Reconceiving urban redevelopment in Tübingen, Germany." Journal of Urban Affairshttps://doi.org/10.1080/07352166.2018.1465345: Free download link: https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/759JZ2P7NMwhiRsZt87P/full

Schaller, Susanna, and Sandra Guinand. 2017. Pop-up landscapes: a new trigger to push up land value? Urban Geography, 39(1), 54–74. https://doi.org/10.1080/02723638.2016.1276719: Free download link: https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/b2SGY3GCRmEk9nTrpwGz/full

Schaller, Susanna and Gabriella Modan. (2017). Business Improvement District. In T. Armborst, D. D’Oca, G. Theodore, & R. Gold (Eds.), The arsenal of exclusion & inclusion (pp. 74–80). New York ; Barcelona: Actar Publishers.

Schaller, Susanna, KC Wagner, and Mildred Warner. 2017. “Creating a City for Workers: Union Strategies on Child Care in NYC.” In Unions and the City: Negotiating Urban Change, edited by Ian McDonald, Chapter 7. Ithaca, NY: Cornell ILR Press. 

Schaller, Susanna. 2016. “Situating Entrepreneurial Place-making in DC: Business Improvement Districts and Urban (Re)development in Washington, DC.” In Capital Dilemma: Growth and Inequality Washington, DC, edited byDerek Hyra and Sabiyha Prince, 139-158. New York: Routledge Press. 

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. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/292123929_Contesting_Public_Space_and_Citizenship_Implications_for_Neighborhood_Business_Improvement_Districts

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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