• Bio:

    Joseph P. Viteritti is the Thomas Hunter Professor of Public Policy and Chair of the Urban Policy and Planning Department at Hunter. He was the founding chair of the Public Policy Program at Hunter’s Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute, and is a member of the doctoral faculty in education policy at the CUNY Graduate Center.


    He is recently the author of The Pragmatist: Bill de Blasio’s Quest to Save the Soul of New York (Oxford), which chronicles the life, political career and tenure of the incumbent mayor, reviewed from a historical perspective in the context of progressive urban leadership since the time of Fiorello La Guardia.


    Professor Viteritti has written or edited twelve books, and has published extensively in social science journals, law reviews and popular media such as the New York Times, Washington Post, and Huffington Post. His work has been translated from English into four other languages and covers topics that include city politics, education policy, criminal justice, and law.


    He has an extensive record of public service, having served over his career as a senior advisor to the chancellor of the New York City public schools as well as the school superintendents of Boston and San Francisco. He has been a member or director of a variety of blue ribbon panels that have reviewed and recommended policies in the areas of city charter revision, education governance, police management, jail reform, municipal secession, civic education, and executive, legislative and judicial compensation.


    Prior to joining the Hunter faculty in 2003, Professor Viteritti taught at Princeton, New York University, Harvard, and the State University of New York at Albany. He is a proud graduate of Hunter College, and a member of the Alumni Hall of Fame.

  • Recent Publications:

    The Pragmatist: Bill de Blasio’s Quest to Save the Soul of New York (Oxford University Press, 2017)

  • Research Areas: City politics, Education Policy