Janice Perlman was the first female tenured professor at UC Berkeley’s Department of City and Regional Planning where she taught from 1973-1987. After leaving UC Berkeley, she taught at UCSC, University of Paris, Trinity College, NYU, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and the Federal University of Minas Gerais. Perlman also held public policy and non-profit positions. She served as the coordinator of the Inter-Agency Neighborhoods Task Force at the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Housing and Urban Development during Carter Administration, Strategic Planning Executive Director for the New York City Partnership, Creator and Director of Program on Science at the NY Academy of Sciences, and Consultant and Scholar-in Residence for World Bank Institute. Currently, she is an Adjunct Senior Research Scholar at the Institute of Latin American Studies in Columbia University. Perlman is the president and CEO of the Mega-Cities Project, a non-profit organization devoted to providing innovative solutions to problems that cities face.
Perlman’s research combines her interests in public policy and practice. Her award-winning books Favela: Four Decades of Living on the Edge in Rio de Janeiro, The Myth of Marginality, and her forthcoming book The Importance of Personhood explore her 50+ years of research of Rio’s Favelas. Some of the awards she received from her published works include Guggenheim, the C. Wright Mills Award, the Chester Rapkin Award, two PROSE Awards, and a Global Citizens Award. She also received two Fulbright Research and Teaching Awards, the Mayer Global Citizenship Award, and the UN Scroll of Award.
Perlman holds a doctorate degree in Political Science and Urban Studies from MIT and bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with a minor in Latin American Studies from Cornell University