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Metropolitics: an online journal of public scholarship about cities and urban politics

Who we are


Meet the editorial team

Metropolitics is an editorially peer-reviewed online journal that publishes concise academic essays and papers aimed at an international audience. The journal’s mission is public scholarship: short-form work about cities and urban politics, based on original research, on a time frame that allows researchers to contribute contemporaneously to public debate and make their scholarly work more relevant to a broad readership. Metropolitics is housed at the Center for Urban Research at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Metropolitics also partners with the Graduate Center–based URBAN Research Network, a national, cross-disciplinary community of scholars and change-makers who explore critical questions emerging in cities, and engage in collaborative problem-solving.

Metropolitics was established by, and works in collaboration with, Métropolitiques, a French-language peer-reviewed online journal based in Paris, France. With a network of corresponding editors around the world, Metropolitics and Métropolitiques provide spaces for analysis of and debate about social, cultural and economic politics in cities around the world. Because the journal is online, authors can illustrate their work with maps, photographs, videos and drawings.

What we publish


● Essays (1,500 words), which draw on empirical work to develop arguments relating to societal and political debates, and which provide a new perspective on key urban issues and challenges.

Debates (1,500 words), which relate to current social, professional or political developments on current issues, and concisely present the state of knowledge bearing on current public debate.

Reports from the Field (1,500 words), which draw on case studies, experiments or remarkable situations to shed new light on urban phenomena and developments.

Reviews (1,000 words), which offer authors’ perspectives on books, films, exhibitions and other events, evaluating their intellectual contributions for a wide audience.

Interviews with activists and policymakers, presented in audio, video or text form.

Access to Metropolitics is free. Articles can be downloaded as PDF files; videos are available as podcasts.

To submit an article for consideration


Metropolitics publishes an original article every Tuesday, as well as occasional English translations of articles in French originating from the Métropolitiques site in Paris. The journal is editorially peer-reviewed: all submissions are reviewed by at least two members of the editorial committee. If two members agree to accept a piece, the paper is automatically accepted; if the two original editors request the help of other committee members, they all must agree to reach a decision to publish. Articles may be published within as little as a month of submission, though the editorial process sometimes takes longer if a piece is adjudged to be in need of substantial revision. Our turnaround, however, is often substantially faster than academics have come to expect from standard peer-reviewed journals.

An Editorial Director oversees the editorial process. For the 2017/2018 academic year, the Editorial Director is Laura Wolf-Powers. Articles may be submitted directly to Dr. Wolf-Powers.

View our editorial charter and style guide.

US Editorial Committee


● Naomi Adiv, Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University
● Joshua Akers, Departments of Geography and Urban and Regional Studies, University of Michigan–Dearborn
Hilary Botein, School of Public Affairs, Baruch College, City University of New York (CUNY)
Caitlin Cahill, Department of Social Sciences & Cultural Studies, Pratt Institute
James DeFilippis, Department of Urban Planning and Policy Development, Bloustein School, Rutgers University
John Krinsky, Department of Political Science, City College and Graduate Center, CUNY
● Edwin Mayorga, Departments of Educational Studies and Latin American and Latino Studies, Swarthmore College
● John Mollenkopf, Departments of Political Science and Sociology, Graduate Center, CUNY
Lisa Jean Moore, Department of Sociology, Purchase College, State University of New York (SUNY)
Richard E. Ocejo, Department of Sociology, John Jay College, CUNY
Michael Leo Owens, Department of Political Science, Emory University
● Akira Drake Rodriguez, Department of City and Regional Planning, PennDesign
Gregory Smithsimon, Department of Sociology, Brooklyn College, CUNY
Celina Su, Department of Political Science, Brooklyn College and Graduate Center, CUNY
● Todd Swanstrom, Department of Political Science, University of Missouri–St. Louis
Gretchen Susi, Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change
Stéphane Tonnelat, French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)
Laura Wolf-Powers, Department of Urban Policy and Planning, Hunter College, CUNY

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