CoAS Establishes New Center for Public Policy

By Maia Livengood

August 1, 2009 — The College of Arts and Sciences is proud to announce the establishment of the Center for Public Policy (CPP), a combined research and academic center in the College of Arts and Sciences. The Center will provide a public policy curriculum in which students are active participants in applied academic research, thus capitalizing on Drexel’s unique strength in providing practical, hands-on, and highly-marketable educational experiences.

The Center is also offering a new Master of Science in Public Policy (MSPP).The MSPP consists of a core curriculum accompanied by a sequence of online case study courses, as well as three elective tracks in environmental policy, science and technology policy, and urban systems management. Beginning in fall 2010, the MSPP will be offered as both a full-time program that can be completed with the co-op advantage, and as a part-time program that can be completed in two or more years.

The CPP will serve as an organizational focal point for policy-oriented research and as an interface between faculty and relevant government agencies and nonprofit organizations. It currently has two developing partnerships: with the Center for Environmental Policy at the Academy of Natural Sciences, and with the Center for Contemporary History and Policy at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. If chosen, CPP students will be writing their required case studies in collaboration with scholars at either institution.

Dilworth RichardsonDr. Richardson Dilworth, Associate Professor in the Department of History and Politics, has been appointed as Director of the CPP. Dr. Dilworth has published widely on the topics of urban political development and urban public policy. He is currently a visiting scholar at the Center for Environmental Policy at the Academy of Natural Sciences, and is chair of the Historic Designation Committee for the Philadelphia Historical Commission.

As Director, Dr. Dilworth aims to expand the Center’s collaboration efforts by establishing connections with local organizations such as the Pennsylvania Environmental Center, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the Philadelphia Water Department, the Mayor's Office of Sustainability, the Philadelphia School District, and many more.

Additionally, the CPP will sponsor an annual research initiative, “Improvement Districts in Philadelphia.” On January 22nd, 2010, the Center will host a conference highlighting this initiative in collaboration with Drexel's law school, in which students are encouraged to participate.

For more information, please contact Richardson Dilworth (

Maia Livingood '12 is a Business Administration major with concentrations in Finance and Economics, as well as an English minor. Working for the College of Arts and Sciences, she has developed a strong interest in publication management and hopes to build upon the experience throughout her professional career.