Richardson Dilworth, PhD

Associate Professor & Director, Center for Public Policy

Richardson Dilworth

Office: 3021 MacAlister
Phone: 215.895.2471

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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.