Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Historic Preservation
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Randall Mason is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Historic Preservation in the School of Design. His courses focus on historic preservation planning, urban conservation, history, and cultural landscape studies. Mason’s research interests include theory and methods of preservation planning, cultural policy, the economics of preservation, historic site management, the history and design of memorials, and the history of historic preservation. He leads the Center for Research on Preservation and Society, which undertakes applied research projects on site management and on social, economic and political aspects of historic preservation. Before joining the Penn faculty in 2004, Mason worked as Senior Project Specialist at the Getty Conservation Institute, researching economic and social issues relating to heritage conservation. Previous positions include Assistant Professor and Director of Historic Preservation at the University of Maryland, and adjunct faculty in landscape architecture at RISD. His professional experience includes several years of consulting practice and co-founding the nonprofit research group Minerva Partners (which develops projects to strengthen the connections between heritage conservation and social development). He serves on the Board of Directors of the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, and was the 2012-13 National Endowment for the Arts Rome Prize winner at the American Academy in Rome.
Mason, Randall. 2012. “Broadway as a Memory Site.” In The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811-2011, edited by Hilary Ballon. New York City: Columbia University Press.
Mason, Randall. 2009. The Once and Future New York: Historic Preservation and the Modern City. University of Minnesota Press.
Page, Max and Randall Mason, eds. 2004. Giving Preservation a History: Histories of Historic Preservation in the United States. Routlege.
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Anuradha Mathur is of Landscape Architecture in the School of Design. She is an architect and landscape architect. In collaboration with her partner, Dilip da Cunha, she has focused her artistic and design expertise on cultural and ecological issues of contentious landscapes. Their investigations have taken them to diverse terrains, including the Lower Mississippi, New York, Sundarbans, Bangalore, Mumbai and, most recently, Jerusalem. An underlying thread in Mathur’s work is a concern for how water is visualized and engaged in ways that lead to conditions of its excess and scarcity, but also the opportunities that its fluidity offers for new visualizations of terrain, design imagination, and design practice.
Mathur, Anuradha and Dilip da Cunha. 2014. Design in the Terrain of Water. Philadelphia, PA: Applied Research + Design Publishing.
Mathur, Anuradha and Dilip da Cunha. 2009. Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary. National Gallery of Modern Art/Rupa and Co.
Mathur, Anuradha and Dilip da Cunha. 2006. Deccan Traverses: The Making of Bangalore’s Terrain. Rupa and Co.
Mathur, Anuradha and Dilip da Cunha. 2001. Mississippi Floods: Designing a Shifting Landscape. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.
Associate Professor of Performance Studies, School of Interdisciplinary Arts, Ohio University
Marina Peterson is Associate Professor of Performance Studies at Ohio University’s School of Interdisciplinary Arts. An anthropologist, her work focuses on practices and processes of city making. Her research has explored multi-scalar dimensions of urban space through the study of sensory, sonic, and embodied processes ranging from musical performance to planning and labor. She has conducted ethnographic research in Los Angeles, Singapore, and Appalachian Ohio. Her work has appeared in Anthropological Quarterly, O-Zone: A Journal of Object-Oriented Studies, Space and Culture, Journal of Popular Music Studies, and Urban Anthropology.
Peterson, Marina. 2013. Sound Work: Law, Labor and Capital in the 1940s Recording Bans of the American Federation of Musicians. Anthropological Quarterly, 86(3): 791-824.
Peterson, Marina, and Gary McDonogh, eds. 2012. Global Downtowns. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
Peterson, Marina. 2010. Sound, Space, and the City: Civic Performance in Downtown Los Angeles. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
Peterson, Marina. 2010. “Garden, City, World: Los Angeles’ Late Twentieth Century Multicultural Arts Festivals.” In The Politics of Cultural Programming in Public Spaces. Robert Gehl and Victoria Watts, eds. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Peterson, Marina. 2007. “Translocal Civilities: Chinese Modern Dance at Downtown Los Angeles Public Concerts.” In Deciphering the Global: Its Scales, Spaces and Subjects, 41-58, Saskia Sassen, ed. New York: Routledge.
Professor of Education
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John Puckett is Professor of Education in the Literacy, Culture, and International Education Division of the Graduate School of Education. His background includes six years of teaching and administrative work in public and private secondary schools in North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Before coming to Penn in 1987, Puckett was Director of Research and Development for REAL Enterprises, a non-profit organization that helped catalyze school-based economic development projects nationwide. He served as Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Education from 1998 to 2004 and again in 2006 to 2007. He currently chairs the School’s Policy, Measurement, and Evaluation Division. Since coming to Penn, he has been actively involved in building University partnerships with West Philadelphia schools; from 1987 to 1991, he worked with Ira Harkavy to develop the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Community Partnerships, now called the Netter Center. In conjunction with the Netter Center and the School of Arts and Sciences’ Urban Studies Program, he teaches academically based community service seminars that focus on school- and neighborhood-improvement projects in West Philadelphia.
John L. Puckett and Mark Frazier Lloyd. 2015. Becoming Penn: The Pragmatic American University, 1950-2000. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.
Puckett, J. L. and M.F. Lloyd. 2013. “Penn’s great expansion: Postwar urban renewal and the alliance between private universities and the public sector.” Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 137(4): 381–430.
Puckett, J. L., L. Benson, and I. Harkavy. 2007. Dewey’s Dream: Universities and Democracies in an Age of Education Reform. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
Puckett, J. L. and M. C. Johanek. 2007. Leonard Covello and the Making of Benjamin Franklin High School: Education as if Citizenship Mattered. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
Puckett, J. L. 1989. Foxfire Reconsidered: A Twenty-Year Experiment in Progressive Education. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.
PhD Candidate, Hispanic and Portuguese Studies, University of Pennsylvania
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AboutLindsey Reuben is a fifth year graduate student in Hispanic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania whose interests and scholarship span from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries. She has a deep interest in modern and contemporary literature and film and their relation to the environment, gender, immigration, and domestic and urban spaces. Lindsey's dissertation, currently titled, "A Return to the Oikos: Rethinking the Transformation of the Spanish Home in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries", addresses examples of literary and filmic production extending from these centuries that place the home at the center of a general social conflict in the larger period of Spanish urbanization and modernization. Her recent essay, "The City Unmapped: A Feminist Imagination of Urban Spaces in Javier Pérez Andújar’s Paseos con mi madre" is part of a forthcoming volume of essays, edited by Maria DiFrancesco and Debra Ochoa, titled Gender in Spanish Urban Spaces and published by Palgrave McMillan.
Post-doctoral Fellow and Associate Director, Operation Public Education, The University of Pennsylvania
Claire Robertson-Kraft earned her Ph.D. in education policy and is currently a post-doctoral fellow and the Associate Director of Operation Public Education at The University of Pennsylvania. She is the co-editor of A Grand Bargain for Education Reform: New Rewards and Supports for New Accountability (Harvard Education Press, 2009), which provides a comprehensive framework for evaluating, compensating, and developing teachers. Her research focuses on how these policies influence teachers’ motivation, effectiveness, and retention.
After graduating from undergrad at Penn in 2004, Claire worked with Teach For America in Houston, first as a third grade teacher and then as a program director supporting elementary and special education teachers. It was during her time as a classroom teacher that she built the passion she has today for working in urban education. Claire is also very active in the civic community. She is the Co-Founder and current President of PhillyCORE Leaders and serves on the boards of Youth Build Philadelphia, Leadership Philadelphia and WHYY. In 2011, she was selected as one of the New Faces of Philly by Philadelphia Magazine, and in 2013, she received the Forum Award for Emerging Executive Women.
Robertson-Kraft, C. (2014). Teachers’ motivational responses to new evaluation policies. Paper presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Robertson-Kraft, C., & Duckworth, A. L. (2014). True grit: Trait-level perseverance and passion for long-term goals predicts effectiveness and retention among novice teachers. Teachers College Record.
Cucchiara, M., Rooney, E., & Robertson-Kraft, C. (2013). I’ve never seen people work so hard! Teachers’ working conditions in the early stages of school turnaround. Urban Education Journal.
Robertson-Kraft, C. (2013). Professional unionism: Redefining the role. In M. B. Katz, & M. Rose (Eds.), Public education under siege. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.
Hershberg, T., & Robertson-Kraft, C. (Eds.). (2009). A grand bargain for education reform: New rewards and supports for new accountability. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.
PhD Candidate in City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania
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Mary Rocco is a doctoral student in City and Regional Planning at PennDesign. Her dissertation research explores the role of philanthropic foundations in the urban revitalization of Legacy Cities. Other research interests include community development institutions, economic development, neighborhood revitalization, and poverty policy. Currently, Mary serves as the project manager for the Mellon Foundation funded Humanities, Urbanism and Design Initiative (H+U+D) at Penn. She teaches in the Urban Studies program in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also adjunct lecturer in urban studies and urban planning at Hunter College in New York City. More broadly her research interests include: urban revitalization, community and economic development, and urban institutions
Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (NELC)
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Heather J. Sharkey is Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations in the School of Arts and Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in History from Princeton University after conducting research abroad on a Fulbright-Hays fellowship. Before joining the Penn faculty in 2002, she taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Trinity College in Connecticut. In 2011 she won the Charles Ludwig Distinguished Teaching Award from the School of Arts and Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania. During the 2012-13 year, she was a Visiting Professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris.
Sharkey, Heather. 2017. A History of Muslims, Christians and Jews in the Middle East. Cambridge University Press.
Sharkey, Heather. 2013. Cultural Conversions: Unexpected Consequences of Christian Missions in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. Syracuse University Press.
Sharkey, Heather and Mehmet Ali Doğan, eds. 2011. American Missionaries and the Middle East: Foundational Encounters. University of Utah Press.
Sharkey, Heather. 2008. American Evangelicals in Egypt: Missionary Encounters in an Age of Empire. Princeton University Press.
Sharkey, Heather. 2003. Living with Colonialism: Nationalism and Culture in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan. University of California Press.
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Domenic Vitiello is Associate Professor and Assistant Chair in the Department of City and Regional Planning in the School of Design. He researches the history and contemporary practice of community and economic development; immigrant communities; and urban agriculture and food system planning. His recent and current projects focus on immigration and civil society in Philadelphia, including a book titled The Sanctuary City that examines Central American, Southeast Asian, Liberian, Arab, and Mexican immigration since the 1970s; urban agriculture and poverty in the global North and South, including comparative research on the community economic development impacts of urban farming and gardening around the world, and a book on the social impacts of community gardening in Camden, Chicago, and Philadelphia; and the planned destruction and preservation of Chinatowns in the U.S. and Canada since c.1900.
Vitiello, Domenic and Thomas J. Sugrue, editors. 2017. Immigration and Metropolitan Revitalization in the United States. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.
Vitiello, Domenic and Arthur Acolin. 2017. “Institutional Ecosystems of Housing Support in Chinese, Southeast Asian, and African Philadelphia.” Journal of Planning Education and Research 37(2): 195-206.
Acolin, Arthur and Domenic Vitiello. 2017. "Who Owns Chinatown: Neighborhood Change and Preservation in Boston and Philadelphia" Urban Studies.
Vitiello, Domenic. 2017. “Infrastructure: Lifelines, Mobility, and Urban Development.” In Planning History Handbook, edited by Carola Hein. Routledge.
Vitiello, Domenic, Jeane Ann Grisso, Rebecca Fischman, and K. Leah Whiteside. 2015. “From Commodity Surplus to Food Justice: Food Banks and Local Agriculture in the United States.” Agriculture and Human Values 32(3): 419-430.
Adjunct Professor, Undergraduate Chair
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Richard Wesley is Adjunct Professor of Architecture and Undergraduate Chair of Architecture in the School of Design. He teaches undergraduate senior architectural design studios and the senior theory seminar on cultural ecology. He also teaches the design fundamentals studio for the Integrated Product Design program, a joint program offered by the College of Engineering and Applied Science, the School of Design, and the Wharton Business School. He has taught at the University of Illinois, Notre Dame, and Harvard. He is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Design Fellowship, and principal of Wesley Architects in Philadelphia, PA. Wesley’s publications on architectural theory have appeared in Architecture Monograph, Harvard Architecture Review, Rassegna, VIA, RES, and Harvard Design Magazine.
Wesley, Richard. 2014. “Edenic Affinities.” In Critical Juncture, edited by Louise Noelle Gras and Sara Topelson. Mexico City: Docomomo México and Universidad Iberoamericana.
Wesley, Richard. 2017. “Villa Savoye—Building on a Clear Horizon.” In Wiley-Blackwell Companion to the History of Architecture, edited by Harry Malgrave. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
Wesley, Richard. 2012. “Robert Le Ricolais and the Search for Automorphic Structure." Via Books 2: 56-73.
Wesley, Richard. 2011. “Living and Working in Paradise.” In The Religious Imagination in Modern and Contemporary Architecture, edited by Renata Hejduk and Jim Williamson. New York: Routledge.
Global Artist and Founder, Barefoot Artists
Lily Yeh is Global Artist and Founder of the organization Barefoot Artists. Her expertise is in community healing and building through the arts. Yeh was Professor of Painting and Art History at the University of Pennsylvania from 1968 through 1998. She is a founder of The Village of Arts and Humanities in North Philadelphia where she worked as Executive and Artistic Director from 1968 to 2004. Yeh’s mission at Barefoot Artists is to use art as a transformative power to foster community empowerment, improve the physical environment, promote economic development, and preserve indigenous art and culture. Her ventures at Barefoot Artists have led her through North America, Europe, Africa, China, and India. Using art as a medium for social revival and change, she has positively influenced many impoverished communities worldwide.
Yeh, Lily. 2011. Awakening Creativity: Dandelion School Blossoms. Oakland, CA: New Village Press.
Yeh, Lily. 2011. “Painting Hope in the World.” In Dream of a Nation: A Vision for a Better America, edited by Tyson Miller, designed by Kelly Spitzner.
Yeh, Lily. 2011. Creativity Blossoms in the Great Migration. Yes! Online Magazine, November.