Associate Professor & Director, Center for Public Policy
Office: 3021 MacAlister
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My research focuses on urban political development and urban public policy. I am the author of The Urban Origins of Suburban Autonomy (2005) and the editor of two books: The City in American Political Development (2009) and Social Capital in the City: Community and Civic Life in Philadelphia (2006). In 2008 I was a visiting scholar at the Legislative Office for Research Liaison of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and in 2009 a visiting scholar at the Center for Environmental Policy at the Academy of Natural Sciences. In 2008 I was appointed by Mayor Michael Nutter to serve on the Philadelphia Historical Commission, where I am chair of the Historic Designation Committee.
I am also the Director of Drexel's Center for Public Policy (CPP). The CPP supports interdisciplinary policy-oriented scholarship among Drexel faculty and other external affiliates, and engages students in this research through its innovative Master of Science in Public Policy (MSPP) degree program.
“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).
- "Introduction: The Place that Loves You Back?" In Dilworth, ed., Social Capital in the City.
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.