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Through the Faculty Fellows Program, the Institute fosters an environment that encourages cross-disciplinary connections and nurtures a collaborative spirit among faculty across the 12 schools. This program identifies faculty with a demonstrated interest in urban research and provides research and communication services.

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Domenic Vitiello

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Assistant Professor

About

Domenic Vitiello is Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning in the School of Design. His current research examines community development in immigrant communities and the connections between urban agriculture and food security. He is authoring a book comparing community development in the Puerto Rican, Chinese, Southeast Asian, Korean, African, Arab, and Mexican communities of Philadelphia. With the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Asian Americans United, and other partners, he has been studying gentrification and environmental justice in the Chinatowns of Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. He also helps lead the Philadelphia Migration Project, a research initiative with colleagues in Penn’s Schools of Arts and Sciences, Social Policy, and Education. Vitiello has been working with colleagues and students to quantify the production and trace the distribution of food from community gardens and farms in Philadelphia, Camden and Trenton NJ, and Chicago. He has been leading two national studies, one recently completed on the ways in which food banks are engaged in urban and regional agriculture, and the other on urban agriculture among immigrants. This work, much of it supported by the Penn Center for Public Health Initiatives and U.S. Department of Agriculture, aims to understand the economic and health impacts of formal and informal urban agriculture.

Selected Publications

Domenic Vitiello and Laura Wolf-Powers. 2014. Growing Food to Grow Cities? The Potential of Agriculture for Local Economic Development in the Urban United States. Community Development Journal.

Domenic Vitiello and Catherine Brinkley. 2013. The Hidden History of Food System Planning. Journal of Planning History.

Domenic Vitiello. 2013. Engineering Philadelphia: The Sellers Family and the Industrial Metropolis. Cornell University Press.

Domenic Vitiello. 2013. The Politics of Immigration and Suburban Revitalization: Divergent Responses in Adjacent Pennsylvania Towns. Journal of Urban Affairs.

Domenic Vitiello. 2013. “Monopolizing the Metropolis: Gilded Age Growth Machines and Power in American Urbanization,” Planning Perspectives. 

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Assistant Professor

About

Domenic Vitiello is Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning in the School of Design. His current research examines community development in immigrant communities and the connections between urban agriculture and food security. He is authoring a book comparing community development in the Puerto Rican, Chinese, Southeast Asian, Korean, African, Arab, and Mexican communities of Philadelphia. With the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Asian Americans United, and other partners, he has been studying gentrification and environmental justice in the Chinatowns of Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. He also helps lead the Philadelphia Migration Project, a research initiative with colleagues in Penn’s Schools of Arts and Sciences, Social Policy, and Education. Vitiello has been working with colleagues and students to quantify the production and trace the distribution of food from community gardens and farms in Philadelphia, Camden and Trenton NJ, and Chicago. He has been leading two national studies, one recently completed on the ways in which food banks are engaged in urban and regional agriculture, and the other on urban agriculture among immigrants. This work, much of it supported by the Penn Center for Public Health Initiatives and U.S. Department of Agriculture, aims to understand the economic and health impacts of formal and informal urban agriculture.

Selected Publications

Domenic Vitiello and Laura Wolf-Powers. 2014. Growing Food to Grow Cities? The Potential of Agriculture for Local Economic Development in the Urban United States. Community Development Journal.

Domenic Vitiello and Catherine Brinkley. 2013. The Hidden History of Food System Planning. Journal of Planning History.

Domenic Vitiello. 2013. Engineering Philadelphia: The Sellers Family and the Industrial Metropolis. Cornell University Press.

Domenic Vitiello. 2013. The Politics of Immigration and Suburban Revitalization: Divergent Responses in Adjacent Pennsylvania Towns. Journal of Urban Affairs.

Domenic Vitiello. 2013. “Monopolizing the Metropolis: Gilded Age Growth Machines and Power in American Urbanization,” Planning Perspectives. 

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