Peter Salins

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Born in Berlin, Germany in 1938, Peter Daniel Salins immigrated to New York as an infant and spent most of his childhood years in the city’s New Jersey suburbs. He earned degrees in architecture and urban planning from Syracuse University, and after practicing architecture in Cambridge, Massachusetts for some years, returned to Syracuse to earn a doctorate in metropolitan studies in 1969. Salins then embarked on an academic career as professor of urban planning and policy and as an academic administrator.

In 1968, Salins joined the urban planning faculty of Hunter College of the City University of New York, becoming chairman of the department in 1973. In 1997, Salins was appointed Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs of the State University of New York System, a position he held until 2006, when he was appointed University Professor of Political Science at Stony Brook University, where he has been administering and teaching in its graduate public policy program.

Salins wrote and edited six books, including
Assimilation, American Style, and numerous articles, monographs and opinion pieces. He has appeared frequently on radio and television in discussions of immigration, housing policy and the economic and social future of American cities, with a particular focus on New York City. Assimilation, American Style cuts across all of these policy issues, because the success of New York and most other American metropolitan areas has always depended on the successful integration of immigrants into their economic and social fabric. Salins has been an editor of the Journal of the American Planning Association and of City Journal.

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