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Center for Urban and Global Studies

Welcome to Trinity College’s Center for Urban and Global Studies (CUGS).

As the Director of CUGS, I am pleased to invite you to participate in the vibrant programming that we sponsor and support. Our research and teaching engagements in Hartford, other U.S. ciites, and cities in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean are ideally positioned to assist Trinity College in fulfilling its urban-and-global mission. Currently, CUGS has projects studying gentrification as it intersects with diversity and revitalization, the implications of global climate change for the world's cities, sustainability and alternative/informal transportation, rethinking urbanism from global-South and postcolonial viewpoints, China's Belt-Road Initiative and its implications for urban and inter-urban infrastructure around the world, and more. Our Cities Gateway Program, Kelter Postdoctoral Fellowship, IIE Rescue Scholar Program, Global Vantage Point Lecture Series, and programs of support for student and faculty research projects and collaborations across campus, around the New England/Northeast region and with scholars in Ecuador, Tanzania, China, South Africa, the UK and other countries help to make CUGS a hub for research and teaching which can take you- to borrow from the title of a core course in the Urban Studies major and the Cities Program- "from Hartford to World Cities."


Garth Myers

Director of CUGS (2019- )

Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of Urban International Studies

Supported by a Mellon Foundation grant and other endowed funds, CUGS was established in October 2007. That year marked the milestone of approximately half of the world's population living in cities, highlighting the increasing role of cities in economic development, social organization, political governance, and in responding to such global challenges as climate change. Engaging the city of Hartford and cities around the world, CUGS has launched a variety of connected and complementary curricular and programming initiatives including a new major in Urban Studies, faculty and student research, field study programs, international visiting scholars, a distinctive lecture series, and academic conferences. These endeavors have turned CUGS into a vibrant intellectual hub where students, faculty, and international and local partners work together and learn from one another in examing urban and global issues and exploring their practical implications. By integrating urban and global programs through both classroom and field learning, CUGS plays a central role in advanving the ducational mission of Trinity as an urbann liberal arts college. I encourage you to learn more about CUGS and to consider joining our varied curricular and programming activities that can enrich your Trinity experience and build strong partnerships.


Xiangming Chen

Founding Dean and Director of CUGS 2007-2019

Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of Global Urban Studies and Sociology



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