Joyce Klein Rosenthal is Assistant Professor of Urban Planning. She received the Ph.D. (with distinction, 2010), the M.Phil. (2007), and the M.S. (2000), all in Urban Planning, from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation of Columbia University, as well as the Master of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences (2001) from Columbias Mailman School of Public Health and the B.A. in Environmental Studies (1980) from Binghamton University (SUNY). She was also concurrently an adjunct assistant professor at Columbias Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (20002006) and a lecturer in the Mailman School of Public Health (20002010).
Rosenthals research interests are in environmental planning, sustainable development, and the public health impacts of planning and urban design strategies, with a particular present focus on the spatial and social determinants of climate-related health outcomes, the subject of her Ph.D. dissertation. Her research also includes analyzing the development of community-based ecological infrastructure and critical assessment of urban climate policy and governance. In recent teaching at Columbia, she created urban planning and studio courses, as well as participated in a core course in public health.
She was director of the New York Climate and Health Project at the Mailman School of Public Health in 20012004, organizing and coordinating an interdisciplinary research team to assess the impacts of land use and climate change on air quality and public health in the metropolitan region. In 2000, she started the Cool City Project to evaluate the use of urban heat island mitigation techniques in New York City neighborhoods, with partners in architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, community groups and public health.
Her research interests include analyzing the equity and physical dimensions of environmental planning, the uses of urban climatology in city planning and urban design, and the spatial implications of industrial ecology practices. Her previous work includes research for development of the Comprehensive Croton Watershed Water Quality Protection Plan, serving as assistant director of the Council on the Environment of New York City, and most recently as organizer and rapporteur for the Columbia University Seminar on Environmental Policy.