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Mirle Rabinowitz-Bussell

Associate Teaching Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Urban Studies and Planning

Mirle Rabinowitz-Bussell
  • 9500 Gilman Dr
    La Jolla , California 92093

Dr. Rabinowitz Bussell received her Ph.D. in Urban Planning from UCLA in 1999. She has been a part of UC San Diego’s campus community for many years and prior to her new appointment she held a combined position as a continuing lecturer and academic coordinator in the Urban Studies and Planning Department. Her primary research interests include the relationship between private foundations engaged in community development and the underserved communities targeted for change, affordable housing and homelessness policy, and healthy aging and the built environment. She focuses on applied research that bridges theory and practice and has cultivated research collaborations with numerous organizations across the San Diego region. Prior to her academic career she worked for a nonprofit affordable housing developer in upstate New York. Dr. Bussell is dedicated to undergraduate education, particularly community engaged experiential learning, and is the founding academic director for the USP Department’s new undergraduate degree in real estate and development. She is also a recipient of UC San Diego’s Barbara F. and Paul D. Saltman Distinguished Teaching Award for Non-Senate Faculty. She will continue to teach undergraduate foundation courses for the USP Department along with an innovative practicum course that she co-developed with a colleague focusing on homelessness in San Diego. Email:, MC 0517

  • Ph.D. in Urban Planning, UCLA, 1999
  • Master of Regional Planning, Cornell University, 1990
  • B.A. in Architecture, UC Berkeley, 1987