Robert Stokes, PhD

Associate Professor of Sociology

Robert Stokes

Office: PSA 326
Phone: 215.895.0490

Curriculum Vitae: Download PDF


  • BS, Business Administration, Millersville University
  • MA, Urban Studies, Temple University
  • PhD, Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University, 2002

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Economic and community development planning
  • Police-citizen relations
  • Urban planning and public health
  • Crime prevention and security planning
  • Sustainability planning


Robert J. Stokes, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Associate Director of the Center for Public Policy at Drexel University. He also coordinates two academic programs in the Department of Culture and Communication, the BS program in Environmental Studies and the MS program in Environmental Policy. He has published numerous scholarly articles, book chapters and technical reports in the areas of urban redevelopment, public safety planning, environmental sustainability planning and the public health impacts of mass transit. He has conducted several funded research studies, most recently with researchers from the RAND Corporation. He teaches courses in urban planning and policy, community development, criminology, research methods and data analysis.

Prior to his current academic appointment, he was an Assistant Professor at the Wilder School of Government at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has also taught at the University of Texas-Arlington, the University of South Carolina, Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania.

A native of Philadelphia, PA, he received a BS in Business Administration from Millersville University, an MA in Urban Studies from Temple University and a PhD from the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.

Selected Publications

  • Dilworth R., Stokes R., Weinberger R. & Spatari S. (2011). The place of planning in sustainability metrics for public works: Lessons from the Philadelphia region. Public Works Management & Policy. vol. 16 no. 1 (January). pp. 20-39.
  • Stokes R., MacDonald J, & Ridgeway, G. (2008). Estimating the effects of light rail transit on health care costs. Health and Place.
  • Stokes R.  (2007). Business improvement districts and small business advocacy: The case of San Diego’s citywide BID program. Economic Development Quarterly. 21, 278-291.
  • MacDonald J., Stokes R., Ridgeway G., & Riley, J. (2007). Race, neighborhood characteristics, and perceptions of the police: Analyzing the role of neighborhood context. Urban Studies.