Department of Political Science, Queens College

Alexander Reichl
Ph.D., New York University

Phone: (718) 997-5472
Office: 200S Powdermaker Hall
Office Hours: T, 12:05pm-2:00pm; W & Th, 12:05pm-1:00pm

Alex Reichl is the proud recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at Queens College.  His teaching, as well as his research, is in the area of US politics with a particular focus on the politics of New York and other cities.  His classes combine big-picture theories with real-world examples in order to address fundamental issues of democracy and power in the US.

Prof. Reichl is the author of Reconstructing Times Square: Politics and Culture in Urban Development (University Press of Kansas, 1999).  He has published articles on urban development and housing in Urban Affairs Review, the Journal of Urban Affairs, and the Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, and his book reviews have appeared in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Urban Affairs Review, Polity, and Architecture.  He is a contributor to Understanding the City: Contemporary Perspectives in Urban Studies (Blackwell, 2002) and Cities in American Political History (CQ Press, 2011).  His current research projects include: an analysis of the changing nature of parks and public spaces in post-industrial New York City; an assessment of the changing socio-demographic conditions of New York City neighborhoods; and a study of urban planning in the effort to rebuild New Orleans (a beloved city where he lived, taught, and conducted research for five years).

Prof. Reichl brings years of experience working in politics and government at the city and state levels.  He has worked as a political activist in Chicago, an analyst for the Illinois House of Representatives, and a researcher and program assistant for the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

Like many in the Queens College community Prof. Reichl is a second generation American – a true Bohemian (capital B).

American Politics and Government (PSCI 100), State and Local Government (PSCI 210), Urban Politics (PSCI 211), New York City Politics and Policy (PSCI 229 and 381), Race and Ethnicity in American Politics (PSCI 229), The Peopling of New York (HNRS 126W), Shaping the Future of New York City (HNRS 226)