Richardson Dilworth, PhD
Director, Center for Public Policy; Associate Professor
Office: 3600 Market Street
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- BS, magna cum laude, Economics, New York University, 1993
- PhD, Political Science, Johns Hopkins University, 2001
Richardson Dilworth is Associate 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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- Dilworth, R. 2015. “The Rise and Fall of Philadelphia’s Commercial Corridors.” Cascade, Number 88, Summer.
- Moscovici, D., Dilworth, R., Mead, J., and Zhao, S. 2015. “Can Sustainability Plans Make Sustainable Cities? The Ecological Footprint Implications of Renewable Energy within Philadelphia's Greenworks Plan.” Sustainability: Science, Practice, and Policy 11 (Spring): 32-43.
- Dilworth, R. 2014. “Historical Thinking as a Skill in Graduate Public Affairs Education.” Journal of Public Affairs Education 20 (Winter): 19-31.
- Dilworth, R. 2014. “Cities and Urbanization in American Political Development.” Published online at Oxford Handbooks Online. To be published in the Oxford Handbook of American Political Development, eds. R. Lieberman, S. Mettler, and R. Valelly. New York: Oxford University Press.
- Stokes, R., Mandarano, L., and Dilworth, R. 2013. "Community-Based Organizations in City Environmental Policy Regimes: Lessons from Philadelphia." Local Environment, published online April 30.
- Dilworth, R., and Stokes, R. 2013. "Green Growth Machines, LEED Ratings, and Value Free Development: The Case of the Philadelphia Property Tax Abatement." Journal of Urbanism 6 (March): 37-51.
- Dilworth, R. "The City in American Political Development." pp. 175-198 in A History of the U.S. Political System: Ideas, Interests, and Institutions, Vol. 1, eds. R. Harris and D. Tichenor. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio.
- Editor, Cities in American Political History (Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2011).
- “The Place of Planning in Sustainability Metrics for Public Works: Lessons from the Philadelphia Region.” Robert Stokes, Rachel Weinberger, and Sabrina Spatari, coauthors (lead author: Dilworth). Public Works Management and Policy 16 (January 2011): 20-39.
- "Business Improvement Districts and the Evolution of Urban Governance." Drexel Law Review 3 (Spring 2010): 1-9.
- "American Cities as Firms in the 21st Century - Or, Should Philadelphia Move to New Jersey?" Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy 24 (2010): 99-129.
- Editor, The City in American Political Development. New York: Routledge, 2009.
- "Teaching Urban Politics at an Albanian university: How Do You Make an American Sub-Discipline Internationally Relevant?" Teaching in Higher Education (January 2008): 13:1, 69-80.
- "Privatization, the World Water Crisis and the Social Contract." In PS: Political Science and Politics 40 (January 2007): 49-54.
- Editor, Social Capital in the City: Community and Civic Life in Philadelphia (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2006).
- The Urban Origins of Suburban Autonomy . (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2005).
- "When Cities Get Married: Constructing Urban Space through Gender, Sexuality, and Municipal Consolidation." Kathryn Trevenen, co-author. Urban Affairs Review 40 (November 2004): 183-209.
- "From Sewers to Suburbs: Transforming the Policymaking Context of American Cities.” Urban Affairs Review 38 (May 2003): 726-739.
- "Urban Infrastructure Politics and Metropolitan Growth: Lessons from the New York Metropolitan Region." Public Works Management and Policy 6 (January 2002): 200-214.