About us


Mission Statement: The Office of Community Studies is dedicated to providing access to community-oriented research and information that can increase the capacity for local organizations and institutions to create positive change.

Who we are: The Office of Community Studies engages faculty and students in the Department of Urban Studies at Queens College. Our areas of research interest and expertise include:

  • demographic change
  • environmental justice
  • urban sustainability
  • community economic development
  • immigrant communities
  • immigrant health
  • social service provision
  • public policy
  • planning

What we do: The Office of Community Studies offers a range of research and information services to private and public organizations. We provide data analysis and mapping, consult with not-for-profit organizations and government agencies on their data needs, and conduct community needs assessments and build community profiles.

A significant resource for much of this work is Infoshare, an online database system that allows for detailed analysis and mapping of demographic, health and economic information.

The Office’s academic orientation also allows us to provide community organizations with specialized research. For the last twenty years, research on economic development and minority business initiatives have been funded and conducted through the Office. Future research projects include studies of immigrant health in Queens, renewable energy analyses and planning studies in the community of Flushing, as well as ongoing studies of economic and ethnic change in Queens and throughout the New York metropolitan area.

Affiliated faculty:

Leonard Rodberg, director

Melissa Checker

Dana-Ain Davis

Samuel Frank

Martin Hanlon

Tarry Hum

Scott Larson, acting associate director

John Seley

Marcia Bayne Smith

Summer 2013 Student Interns:

Cody Bachu

Samuel Jurgena

Marc Toneatto


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65-30 Kissena Blvd. Flushing, NY 11367
Powdermaker Hall, Room 250
Telephone: 718-997-5130
Email: jeanne.chan@qc.cuny.edu

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