Urban Studies Program

Dr. Michael R. Glass








MSc., Honors (University of Auckland), PhD (Penn State)

Research Areas:

I am a critical urban geographer. My specific research interest is the role of borders and boundaries in shaping city identities, growth and development. I conduct research in the historic and contemporary practice of bordering: whether through the erection and performance of political boundaries, the development of social spaces such as neighborhood, or the geographical imaginaries created by the consulting firms, urban elites, and other stakeholders. My pedagogical research focuses on the capacity of reflexivity to open up spaces for critical engagement in urban research encounters. I pursue this interest in Pittsburgh, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore.

Courses Taught:

URBNST 1608: Urban Economic Geography
URBNST 1612: Social Justice and the City
URBNST 1610: Urban Politics and Metropolitan Governance
URBNST 1300: Urban Skills Seminar
URBNST 1500: Urban Research Seminar (International Focus)
GSPIA 2109: Rebuilding and Building America’s Urban Infrastructure

Selected Publications:


Glass, M.R. & Rose-Redwood, R., editors. (2014). Performativity, Politics, and the Production of Social Space. New York:Routledge.

Woldoff, R., Morrison, L. & Glass, M.R. Trouble in Urban Paradise: Losing the Middle Class to Neoliberal Housing Policy in New York City. New York: NYU Press. [Under Contract]

Key Articles & Book Chapters

Glass, M.R., Woldoff, R., & Morrison, L. (2014). Does the middle class have rights to the city? Contingent rights and the struggle to inhabit Stuyvesant Town, New York. International Journal of Housing Policy. 14(3), p.214-235.

Glass, M.R. (2014). Encouraging reflexivity in urban geography fieldwork: Study abroad experiences in Singapore and Malaysia. Journal of Geography in Higher Education. 38(1) p.69-85.

Glass, M.R. (2014). Conflicting spaces of governance in the imagined Great Lakes Megaregion. (in press). In Harrison, J. & Hoyler, M. (editors), Megaregions: Globalization's new Urban Form? Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Glass, M.R. (2014). “Becoming a thriving region”: Performative visions, imaginative geographies, and the Power of 32. Chapter 8 in Glass, M.R. & Rose-Redwood, R. (editors), Performativity, Politics, and the Production of Social Space. New York: Routledge.

Glass, M.R. (2014). Performing the geographical imaginary in the nineteenth century cityscape. Chapter 1 in Gulliver, K. & Toth, H. (editors), Cityscapes in History, p. 13-34. London: Ashgate.

Glass, M.R., Kalafsky, R., & Drake, D. (2013). The international machine tool industry as a case study for global geography education. Journal of Geography in Higher Education. 37(3) p.456-465.

Glass, M.R. (2011). Metropolitan reform in Allegheny County: The local failure of national urban reform advocacy, 1920-1929. Journal of Urban History.  37(1) p.90-116.

Glass, M.R. and D. Hayward. (2001). Innovation and interdependencies in the New Zealand boat-building industry. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 25(3) p. 571-592.

Other Activities

Faculty Director, Integrated Field Trip Abroad program to Singapore and Malaysia

Urban Studies Internship Coordinator (Spring Semester)

Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Urban Studies Program
University of Pittsburgh
3500 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 S. Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Social Networks:

LinkedIn: Michael Glass
Twitter: @Glass_PittUrban