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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 and Museum Leadership. 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. (2018). Making up creative placemaking. Journal of Planning Education and Research. Advance online publication.

Zitcer, A. (2017). Planning as persuaded storytelling: The role of genre in planners’ narratives. Planning Theory & Practice, 18(4), 583-596.

Zitcer, A. (2017). Collective purchase: Food cooperatives and their pursuit of justice. Alkon, A. & Guthman, J. (Eds.) The New Food Activism: Opposition, Cooperation, and Collective Action, 181- 205. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Zitcer, A., & Dilworth, R. (2017). Grocery cooperatives as governing institutions in neighborhood commercial corridors. Urban Affairs Review. Advance online publication.

Good, R., Rivero, J., & Zitcer, A. (2017). Confronting the challenge of humanist planning. Planning Theory & Practice, 18(2), 291-318.

Hawkins, J., Vakharia, N., Zitcer, A., & Brody, J. (2017). Positioning for the future: Curriculum revision in a legacy arts administration program. Journal of Arts Management, Law & Society, 47(1), 64-76.

Zitcer, A., Hawkins, J., & Vakharia, N. (2015). A capabilities approach to arts and culture? Theorizing community development in West Philadelphia. Planning Theory & Practice, 17(1), 35-51.

Food cooperatives and the paradox of exclusivity. Antipode: A Journal of Radical Geography, 47(3), 812-828.

Lake, R. W. & Zitcer, A. (2012). Who says: Authority, voice and authorship in narratives of planning research. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 32(4), 389-399.

Klein, N. & Zitcer, A. (2012). Everything but the chickens: Cultural authenticity onboard the chinatown bus. Urban Geography, 33(1), 46-63.

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)