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Richardson Dilworth, PhD

Richardson Dilworth, PhD

Interim Department Head, Department of Politics
Director, Center for Public Policy
Department of Politics
Center for Public Policy
Office: 3600 Market Street, Room 731
Phone: 215.895.2471


  • BS, magna cum laude, Economics, New York University, 1993
  • PhD, Political Science, Johns Hopkins University, 2001

Curriculum Vitae:

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Richardson Dilworth is the interim department head of the Department of Politics, the director of the Center for Public Policy and a professor of political science at Drexel University. His research and teaching focuses on American urban political development, urban environment policy and community economic development. He is the author and co-author of numerous articles, the book The Urban Origins of Suburban Autonomy (2005) and the editor of three books, most recently Cities in American Political History (2011). In addition to Drexel, he has taught at Johns Hopkins University, Temple University, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Wagner College, the University of Tirana in Albania and Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. Dilworth has held visiting positions at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He currently serves on the Philadelphia Historical Commission, where he is chair of the Historic Designation Committee. He received his BS in economics from New York University, and his PhD in political science from Johns Hopkins University. He lives in South Philadelphia with his wife, daughter and son.

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American political development, urban politics, public policy

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