University Professor Deputy Vice Chancellor, NYU Abu Dhabi Professor of Urban Studies & Architecture,
Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service New York University
Ballon's scholarship focused on cities and the intersection of architecture, politics, and social life in two fields of research, 20th-century America (in particular, New York City) and 17th-century Europe (in particular, Paris). Her last project concerned the grid plan of Manhattan, which is celebrating its bicentennial in 2011. She curated an exhibition The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, which opened in December 2011 at the Museum of the City of New York, and was editor of the related book (Columbia University Press, 2011).