Richardson Dilworth, PhD

Director, Center for Public Policy; Professor

Richardson Dilworth

Office: 3600 Market Street
Office 731
Phone: 215.895.2471

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


Richardson Dilworth is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Public Policy at Drexel University. His research and teaching focuses on American urban political development, urban environment policy, and community economic development. His is the author and co-author of numerous articles, author of the book The Urban Origins of Suburban Autonomy (2005), and the editor of three books, most recently Cities in American Political History (2011). Besides 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 B.S. in economics from New York University, and his Ph.D. in political science from Johns Hopkins University. He lives in South Philadelphia with his wife, daughter, and son.

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