Michael R. Glass

Dr. Michael Glass is an urbanist who works at the intersection of geography and planning. His primary research is on city-region governance and infrastructure; he has regional expertise in Southeast Asia, North America, and Australasia. He is the co-editor of Urban Violence, Resilience and Security: Governance Responses in the Global South (Edward Elgar, 2022), Performativity, Politics, and the Production of Social Space (Routledge, 2014), Infrastructural Times (Bristol University Press, forthcoming), and co-author of Priced Out: Stuyvesant Town and the Loss of Middle-Class Neighborhoods (NYU Press, 2016). His most recent research examines the ways that infrastructure shapes regions and influences regional equity: you can read more about his Network on Infrastructural Regionalism (NOIR) here. He has published extensively in leading international journals and is on the editorial boards of Journal of Urban Affairs and Regional Studies, Regional Science. He is the Regional Studies Association's Territorial Ambassador to the United States. Winner of the 2015 Bellet Award for Teaching Excellence, Dr. Glass is the Director of the Urban Studies Program and serves as the undergraduate advisor.

Courses Taught:

  • URBNST 0010: Introduction to Urban Studies
  • URBNST 0300: Remaking Cities
  • URBNST 0320: US Housing and Property
  • GSPIA 2109: Rebuilding and Building America’s Urban Infrastructure

Social Networks:

LinkedIn: Michael Glass
Twitter: @Glass_PittUrban

Education & Training

  • PhD, Pennsylvania State University
  • MSc., Honors (University of Auckland)

Representative Publications


Glass, M.R. A Region Rises: Imagining the Future of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. [Under Contract]

Glass, M.R., Seybolt, T. & Williams, P., editors. (2022). Urban Violence, Resilience, & Security: Governance Responses in the Global South. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishers.

Woldoff, R., Morrison, L. & Glass, M.R. (2016) Priced Out: Stuyvesant Town and the Loss of Middle-Class Communities. New York: NYU Press.

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


Key Articles & Book Chapters

Glass, M.R., Addie, JP, & Nelles, J. (2019) Regional Infrastructures, Infrastructural Regionalism. Regional Studies. DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2019.1667968

Glass, M.R. (2018) Seeing like a City through the Singapore City Gallery. CITY 22(2). P.236-256. DOI:10.1080/13604813.2018.1451458.

Glass, M.R. (2018) Bridging the Regionalism-Public Choice Divide in Regional Studies. Regional Studies. 52(8), p. 1150-61. DOI 10.1080/00343404.2017.1415430.

Glass, M.R. (2018) North American Regionalism. Chapter 37 in Harrison, J., Paasi, A. & Jones, A. (editors). The Handbook of Regionalism. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Glass, M.R. (2017) Understanding the 24-Hour City: Engagement, and the Co-Production of Knowledge. Professional Geographer. 70(2), p. 327-332. DOI: 10.1080/00330124.2017.1366789.

Research Interests

  • Urban infrastructures and infrastructural regionalism
  • Borders and bordering in city-regions
  • Critical reflexivity in urban research
  • Neighborhood change