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Richardson Dilworth, PhD

Richardson Dilworth, PhD

Department Head, Department of Politics
Department of Politics
Center for Public Policy
Office: MacAlister, Room 3025
Phone: 215.895.2471


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

Curriculum Vitae:

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Research Interests:

  • American political development
  • Urban politics
  • Public policy


Richardson Dilworth is a professor of politics and head of the Department of Politics at Drexel University. Dilworth’s research and teaching focuses on American urban political development, urban environmental policy, and community economic development.

He is the author or coauthor of numerous essays and articles, author of the book, The Urban Origins of Suburban Autonomy (2005), and the editor or co-editor of seven books, one of the more recent being, with Christine Palus, The CQ Press Guide to Urban Politics and Policy in the United States (2016).

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, and he served on the Philadelphia Historical Commission for eight years.

He received his Bachelor of Science in economics from New York University, and his doctoral degree in political science from Johns Hopkins University. Dilworth lives in South Philadelphia with his wife, daughter, and son.

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