Explore what makes cities energizing, amazing, challenging, and perhaps humanity’s greatest invention.

We are pleased to announce that senior fellow Ed Glaeser has launched CitiesX​, a Harvard University course on the past, present and future of cities hosted by the online education platform edX. The project, two years in the making, features over 180 standalone videos examining cities across the world, including London, Rio de Janeiro, New York City, Shanghai, Mumbai, Kigali, and many more. In addition to serving as the course instructor, Glaeser voices the Wise Owl in an animated update of Aesop's classic fable of the Town Mouse and the Country Mouse. 

Edward Glaeser is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a contributing editor of City Journal, and the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1992. He regularly teaches microeconomic theory and, occasionally, urban and public economics.

Glaeser’s research focuses on the determinants of city growth and the role of cities as centers of idea transmission. He has published dozens of papers on cities, economic growth, and law and economics. Glaeser is the author of Cities, Agglomeration, and Spatial Equilibrium (2008); Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier (2012); and coauthor of Rethinking Federal Housing Policy: How to Make Housing Plentiful and Affordable (2008). He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.​

Please visit edX to learn more about the course.


Edward L. Glaeser is the Glimp professor of economics at Harvard University, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and contributing editor at City Journal.