Urban Fellows Program

Emily McClendon (J.D. '15) is an Urban Fellow and the Daniel J. Curtin Jr. Fellowship for the Planning and Law Division of the American Planning Association.
“”Many planners fail to grasp the legal roadblocks that stymie sustainable development. I believe that breaking down the silos between the legal and planning professions is the most effective way to facilitate environmental planning in the future.”
Urban Fellow Emily McClendon (J.D. ’15)

Recent Discussions

  • Revitalizing downtown Atlanta
  • Ponce City Market redevelopment project
  • Formation of cities
  • Historic preservation 101
  • Transportation Investment Act
  • Tri-state water war update
  • Renewable energy
  • Housing and urban form after the  mortgage crisis

The Urban Fellows Program is an interdisciplinary initiative of the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth in the College of Law.  Top graduate students are selected from across Georgia State University and Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of City and Regional Planning to study and discuss issues related to urban growth with top decision makers.

Students in the Urban Fellows Program participate in a speaker series that includes monthly afternoon lectures and brown bag lunches; the speaker series focuses on a variety of topics related to urban and environmental issues.  Students also participate in community outreach projects, field trips, and conferences and symposia. Students are required to write a research paper of publishable quality.

Read the Urban Fellows Student Blog 

Why be an Urban Fellow?

  • Broaden your awareness about urban and environmental issues by attending the speaker series
  • Build your network of professionals with similar interests
  • Develop cross-disciplinary contacts at Georgia State University and other universities in Atlanta
  • Receive guidance and direction to write a paper of publishable quality and earn course credit
  • Make connections in the community through volunteer opportunities
  • Become privy to job opportunities
  • Boost your resume
  • Qualify for graduate research assistantships sometimes available to Georgia State Law students

The Metro Growth Center is accepting applications for the 2015-16 Urban Fellows Program. Graduate students in good standing from any department at Georgia State University and Georgia Institute of Technoloy’s School of City and Regional Planning may apply. The deadline is 4 p.m. Friday, April 10.

Urban Fellows are required to do the following:

  • Attend the Monthly Lecture Series: The program runs August through April, and there are four afternoon lectures per semester (8 total per year) - generally, one afternoon per month from 4-5:30 p.m.  Attendance is required to remain in the program. Speakers will address a variety of urban, growth management and environmental issues.
  • Attend Brown Bag Lunches: Brown bag lunches are scheduled throughout the semester. The brown bag lunches are open to non-urban fellows students and faculty across the university. Urban Fellows are expected to attend these lunches.
  • Write a Research Paper: All Urban Fellows are required to write one research paper on an urban affairs issue during their term with the program. GSU Law students will be automatically registered in the paper writing Urban Fellows course (LAW 7494). Papers must be of publishable quality and meet the writing requirements outlined in the program. Download the writing requirements.
  • Perform Five Hours of Community Service Each Semester: Students are required to participate in five hours of community outreach projects that address urban issues and strengthen communities each semester.  Record your volunteer hours here.

The Urban Fellows Program is sponsored by Georgia State Law's Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth. This interdisciplinary initiative attracts top graduate students from a variety of departments at Georgia State University and Georgia Tech's School of City and Regional Planning. Graduate students in good standing with an interest in urban, growth management and environmental issues are welcome to apply.

We are accepting applications for the 2015-16 Urban Fellows Program. All graduate students across Georgia State University and Georgia Tech's School of City and Regional Planning are welcome to apply.  The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. Friday, April 10.

Apply Today 

Questions? Contact Karen Johnston (J.D. '08) at kjohnston3@gsu.edu.

Congratulations to the 2014-15 Urban Fellows, who were selected to participate in the program as a result of their academic and professional achievements, level of community service, and interest in urban and environmental issues.

Georgia State Law
Justin Babino (Returning Fellow)
Joseph Brock
Keegan Brooks
Sarah Brooks (Returning Fellow)
Megan Canning
Ryan Coskrey (Returning Fellow)
Jordan Edwards (Returning Fellow)
Jenny Leigh Evans (Returning Fellow)
James Gallagher (Returning Fellow)
Kelly Ghassemieh
Gordon Glass
Anamaria Hazard (Returning Fellow)
Mary Alice Jasperse
Christine Lee
James Lewis (Returning Fellow)
Irene Liscano (Returning Fellow)
Andrew McCullen
Mark Moore (Returning Fellow)
Karsten Moton
Detrachia Neely
Sasan Nemat (Returning Fellow)
Jerry Parisi
R. Baxter Russell
John Schleicher (Returning Fellow)
Danielle Weit

Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
Hannah Carnes
Jessica Farmer
Kara Cooper Keene (Returning Fellow)
Christian Perry

Department of Communications
Nick Sciullo (Returning Fellow)

Department of Criminal Justice
Shila Hawk-Tourtelot (Returning Fellow)

Department of History
Sara Patenaude (Returning Fellow)

College of Education
Carmen Carrion
Johari Harris
Justina Jackson
Elizabeth Jeffers
Ellen Litkowski
LaToya Russell (Returning Fellow)

School of Public Health
Na’Taki Osborne Jelks
Ryan Johnson
Elana Wilder Spaulding
Cordero Tanner
Amanda Tyler