Jeff Maskovsky


Jeff Maskovsky is Professor of Urban Studies at Queens College.  He is also a faculty member in Anthropology and in Environmental Psychology at the Graduate Center, CUNY.  His research and writing focus on urban poverty, grassroots activism and political economic change in the United States. His publications include two co-edited volumes, New Poverty Studies: The Ethnography of Power, Politics and Impoverished People in the United States (NYU Press 2001) and Rethinking America: The Imperial Homeland in the 21st Century (Paradigm Press 2009) and a forthcoming monograph, Poverty and the Fight for Life in the New Inner City.

Maskovsky has collaborated with community groups, non-profit organizations and health policy experts to found several innovative community health and HIV treatment education programs targeting youth, sexual minorities, low-income people, and people of color.  From 2000 to 2005, he also produced and hosted From the Left, a news commentary program broadcast on Drexel University Television in Philadelphia

Maskovsky teaches the Department’s basic course on Urban Poverty and Affluence, and the upper level required course, Contemporary Urban Theory.  He also teaches The Future of New York City for the Macaulay Honors College.

Maskovsky is the Urban Studies Undergraduate Advisor.
Maskovsky Curriculum Vitae

Letters of Recommendation

If you would like Prof. Maskovsky to write a letter of recommendation, please prepare a printed request using this form, which you should mail to him at his QC office.

In these days of high competition for jobs, fellowships, and graduate school admission, letters are important. Given this, please try to mail your request at least three weeks in advance of when it’s needed. Also, on your form, always include the items you think should be emphasized for a particular grant, program, or position. Please be sure to include an update of what you have been doing/accomplished recently, as well as an updated cv or resume. When appropriate, please also include a copy of your application statement. You must also include stamped and addressed envelopes for ALL recommendations that cannot be filed electronically.

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Office: Department of Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center

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