Robert J. Stokes became the Director of the School of Public Service and Chair of the MPA program at DePaul in August of 2014. Prior to coming to Chicago, he was at Drexel University in Philadelphia for 7 years, where he coordinated programs in urban environmental studies and public policy. He recently had a visiting appointment at Bryn Mawr College’s Growth and Structure of Cities Program. He has also taught at the Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of South Carolina in Columbia.
His research has focused on four core areas: 1) economic revitalization and place management strategies for urban commercial areas, specifically the role of business improvement districts on economic, security and quality of life planning outcomes; 2) public safety and security planning, specifically police community relations and community led safety planning; 3) environmental sustainability politics and planning; and 4) how adaptations to the built environment and fixed rail transit systems affects public health outcomes.
A native of Philadelphia, he received a B.S. in Business Administration from Millersville University, his M.A. in Geography and Urban Studies from Temple University and a Ph.D. from the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.
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