EUGENIE L. BIRCH  FAICP, RTPI (hon), is Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research, Chair, Graduate Group of City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania School of Design, co-director, Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR) and co-editor, City in the 21st Century series, University of Pennsylvania Press.

Professor Birch has held many leadership positions. She is currently president, International Planning History Society and has served as chair, Department of City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania; chair, Department of Urban Affairs and Planning, Hunter College/CUNY;  president, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning; president, Society of American City and Regional Planning History; co-editor, Journal of the American Planning Association and chair, Planning Accreditation Board. She has been a commissioner, New York City Planning Commission, a member of the jury to select the designers of the World Trade Center site. She is currently a member of the board of directors of the Municipal Art Society of New York, Scenic Hudson, Inc. and the International Downtown Association.