Ric Kolenda, Ph.D., is a Professional Lecturer of Public Policy at DePaul University’s School of Public Service
. His dissertation is entitled “Growing an Industrial Cluster?: Movie Production Incentives and the Georgia Film Industry.” His most recent publication is “Are Central Cities More Creative? The Intrametropolitan Geography of Creative Industries,”
with Cathy Yang Liu, published in the Journal of Urban Affairs in December 2012. He is currently working on inequality and economic mobility in the creative economy. Most recently he was a Clinical Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA)
, and since 1987 he has taught public policy, urban planning, urban politics and American government at several institutions including Appalachian State University
, Georgia State University, the University of North Carolina Wilmington and Temple University.
His research interests include the economic geography of creative industries; urban inequality, equality of opportunity & socio-economic mobility; and twenty-first century employment structures.
Prior to entering his Ph.D. program in 2008, Ric spent over 15 years in the technology sector, and co-founded the Philadelphia Area New Media Association and two Internet start-ups. He also founded Creative Wilmington, an organization and Website dedicated to enriching the creative economy in Wilmington, NC. Ric also has a M.A. in Urban Studies from Temple University and a B.S. in Economics.