Peter Marcuse

Peter Marcuse
Peter Marcuse MIT2.jpg
Born (1928-11-13) November 13, 1928 (age 90)
NationalityGerman, American
Occupationscholar, lawyer, urban planner
TitleHarvey Perloff Professor of Planning, University of California at Los Angeles
Professor of Urban Planning, Columbia University
Academic background
EducationJD, Ph.D.
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley
Thesis'Home ownership programs for lower income families: legal and financial implications[1] (1972[1])
Academic work
DisciplineLawyer, Urban Planner
InstitutionsUniversity of California, Los Angeles, Columbia University[2]

Peter Marcuse (born November 13, 1928) is a German-American lawyer and professor emeritus of urban planning.[3]

Marcuse is the son of philosopher and critical theorist Herbert Marcuse. He was born in Berlin and immigrated to the US in 1933 at the beginning of the Third Reich. He obtained a JD from Yale Law School (1952) and a PhD from UC Berkeley in City and Regional Planning (1972). He began his career as a lawyer in New Haven and Waterbury, Connecticut, where he served on the Board of Alderman and participated in the Freedom Summer in Mississippi in 1964.[4] After he completed his Ph.D. he became a professor of urban planning at UCLA from 1972 until 1975 and at Columbia University from 1975 to 2003. He has written extensively on the right to the city and the Occupy movement.[5][6]

Marcuse has three children with his wife Frances (née Bessler): novelist Irene Marcuse (born 1953), UC Santa Barbara history professor Harold Marcuse (born 1957), and Andrew Marcuse (born 1965).

Books and publications[edit]

David Madden, Peter Marcuse (center), David Harvey, and Gregory Baggett at The Graduate Center, CUNY for the In Defense of Housing book launch.
  • Missing Marx: A Personal and Political Journal of a Year in East Germany, 1989-1990. Monthly Review Press. 1991. ISBN 0853458278.
  • Of States and Cities: The Partitioning of Urban Space. Oxford University Press. 2002. ISBN 019829719X.
  • Cities for People Not for Profit: Critical Urban Theory. Taylor and Francis. 2011.
  • Madden, David; Marcuse, Peter (2016). In Defense of Housing: The Politics of Crisis. Verso Books. ISBN 9781784783549.


  1. ^ a b Marcuse, Peter (1972). Home ownership programs for lower income families: legal and financial implications (Ph.D.). University of California, Berkeley. OCLC 21477019.
  2. ^ Marcuse, Harold (August 16, 2016). "Peter Marcuse's CV". Peter Marcuse Homepage. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  3. ^ "Herbert Marcuse". Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Archived from the original on 25 March 2016. Retrieved 7 April 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-08-16. Retrieved 2016-08-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-12-30. Retrieved 2013-01-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Retrieved January 29, 2013
  6. ^ Gitlin, Todd (16 November 2011). "Liberty Park can be anywhere". Retrieved 7 April 2017.

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