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Dr. Andrew Zitcer
Andrew Zitcer Ph.D.
Program Director, Urban Strategy; Assistant Professor



URBN Center, 410A

Andrew Zitcer is the director of the Urban Strategy graduate program, and an assistant professor of Arts Administration. He teaches courses in civic engagement, research design and methods, creative placemaking, and cultural policy. Andrew’s research focuses on cooperative social and economic practices, as well as the role of arts in community and economic development. His work has been published in Urban Geography, Antipode, Planning Theory & Practice and the Journal of Planning Education & Research.
Prior to coming to Drexel, Andrew worked as cultural asset manager at the University of Pennsylvania, coordinating a series of community based arts interventions including a performing arts venue, art gallery, and artist in residency program. He co-founded the Rotunda, a community arts space that hosts hundreds of free performances and draws over 20,000 people annually. Andrew has served on the boards of Headlong Dance Theater, Kol Tzedek Synagogue, and the West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance/Paul Robeson House.

BA English and Religious Studies, Penn ‘00
MCP City Planning, Penn, ‘04
PhD Urban Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers ‘13
Selected Publications 

Zitcer A. “Buying in Bulk: Food Cooperatives and Their Pursuit of Justice.” Book chapter in The New Food Activism. Accepted book chapter in edited volume from UC Press. Forthcoming 2017.

Rivero J, Zitcer A, Good, R. “Confronting the Challenge of Humanist Planning” Co-editor and co-writer for theme Interface forthcoming in Planning Theory & Practice. Forthcoming 2017.

Hawkins J., Vakharia, N., Zitcer, A., Brody J. “Positioning for the Future: Curriculum Revision in a Legacy Arts Administration Program” under review at Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society. 

Zitcer A. “Planning as Persuaded Storytelling: The Role of Genre in Planners’ Narratives” under review at Planning Theory & Practice.

Zitcer A., and Dilworth, R. “Grocery Cooperatives as Governing Institutions in Neighborhood Commercial Corridors” under review at Urban Affairs Review. 

Zitcer A. Book review, “Cultural Mapping as Cultural Inquiry” Journal of Arts Management Law and Society. 45(3). Fall 2016.

Zitcer A. Book review, “City Choreographer: Lawrence Halprin in Urban Renewal America” Journal of Planning Education and Research. Spring 2016.

Zitcer A, Hawkins, Julie and Vakharia, Neville. “A Capabilities Approach to Arts and Culture? Theorizing Community Development in West Philadelphia.” Planning Theory & Practice. 2015.  

Zitcer A. “Food Cooperatives and the Paradox of Exclusivity.” Antipode: A Journal of Radical Geography. 47(3). 2014.

Zitcer A. and Lake, R. W. “Love as a Planning Method.” Contribution to ‘Loving Attachment’ Interface in Planning Theory and Practice. December 2012. 

Lake, R. W. and A. Zitcer. “Who Says: Authority, Voice and Authorship in Narratives of Planning Research.” Journal of Planning Education and Research 32(4): 389-399. December 2012.

Klein, N. and A. Zitcer. “‘Everything but the Chickens’: Cultural Authenticity Onboard the Chinatown Bus.” Urban Geography 33(1): 46-63. January 2012.

Winner: Best Student Paper Award, Urban and Community Sociology Section, American Sociological Association, 2013.

Zitcer, A. Book Review, “How it Works: Recovering Citizens in Post-Welfare Philadelphia.” Social and Cultural Geography 12(1): 99-106. January 2011.

Research Interest:

  • Creative placemaking (arts and community/economic development)
  • Social and economic cooperation and cooperative businesses
  • Community development through community based organizations, networks and movements
  • Narrative and storytelling in social science research

Funded research/evaluation:

  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), National Creative Placemaking Program, Philadelphia evaluator, funded by Kresge Foundation (2015-2017)
  • FringeArts and Team Sunshine Performance Corporation, Researcher on audience engagement, funded by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (2016)