Penn IUR is affiliated with more than 200 experts in the field of urbanism. Its Faculty Fellows program identifies faculty at the University of Pennsylvania with a demonstrated interest in urban research; the Penn IUR Scholars program identifies urban scholars outside of Penn; and the Penn IUR Fellows program identifies expert urban practitioners. Together, these programs foster a community of scholars and encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration.

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Faculty Fellow

John Jackson, Jr.


Dean, School of Social Policy & Practice

Richard Perry University Professor

Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) Professor


ohn L. Jackson, Jr., is Dean of the School of Social Policy & Practice and Richard Perry University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Jackson received his BA in Communication (Radio/TV/Film) summa cum laude from Howard University (1993), earned his PhD in Anthropology with distinction from Columbia University (2000), and served as a junior fellow at the Harvard University Society of Fellows (1999-2002). He is the author of Harlemworld: Doing Race and Class in Contemporary Black America (University of Chicago Press, 2001); Real Black: Adventures in Racial Sincerity (University of Chicago Press, 2005); Racial Paranoia: The Unintended Consequences of Political Correctness (Basic Civitas, 2008); Thin Description: Ethnography and the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem (Harvard University Press, 2013); Impolite Conversations: On Race, Politics, Sex, Money, and Religion, co-written with Cora Daniels (Atria/Simon & Schuster, 2014), and Televised Redemption: Black Religious Media and Racial Empowerment (NYU Press, 2016), co-written with Carolyn Rouse and Marla Frederick. His is also editor of Social Policy and Social Justice (2016), distributed by the University of Pennsylvania Press. His most recently completed film, co-directed with Deborah A. Thomas, is Bad Friday: Rastafari after Coral Gardens (Third World Newsreel, 2012). Jackson previously served as Senior Advisor to the Provost on Diversity and Associate Dean of Administration in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Selected Publications

Jackson, John L. 2016. Social Policy and Social Justice. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Jackson, John L., Carolyn Rouse, and Marla Frederick. 2016. Televised Redemption: The Media Production of Black Muslims, Jews, and Christians. New York City: New York University Press.

Jackson, John L. and Cora Daniels. 2014. Impolite Conversations: On Race, Class, Sex, Religion, and Politics. New York City: Atria Books [Simon and Schuster imprint].

Jackson, John L. 2013. Thin Description: Ethnography and the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Jackson, John L. 2008. Racial Paranoia: The Unintended Consequences of Political Correctness. New York City: Basic Civitas.


Neal Peirce


Editor-in-Chief, Citiscope; Chair, Citistates Group

Areas of Interest


    Neal Peirce is Editor-in-Chief of Citiscope, a nonprofit professional news site that commissions journalists across the world to write quality descriptions of innovations in their own cities. The stories are then distributed, with commentary and a weekly “CitiSignals” feature on important city developments, to media and individual subscribers worldwide. From 1975 to 2011, Peirce wrote a syndicated newspaper column (Washington Post syndication) on state and local government themes. He has also authored a series of books on American states and regions and was a founder and contributing editor of National Journal and politics editor at Congressional Quarterly. He chairs the Citistates Group, a collection of writers, speakers and consultants focused on the viability of metropolitan regions around the world.  With Curtis Johnson, he wrote “Citistates Reports” on strategic issues facing twenty-six U.S. metros.  In the 1970s he was a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.


    Selected Publications

    Peirce, R. Neal and Curtis W. Johnson with Farley M. Peters. 2009. Century of the City: No Time to Lose. New York: The Rockefeller Foundation.

    Peirce, Neal. 1997. Boundary Crossers: Community Leadership for a Global Age. College Park, MD: University of Maryland.

    Peirce, Neal. 1993. Citistates: How Urban America Can Prosper in a Competitive World. Santa Ana, CA: Seven Locks Press.

    Peirce, Neal. 1993. Breakthroughs: Re-Creating the American City. New Brunswick, NJ: Center for Urban Policy Research, Rutgers University.

    Peirce, Neal and Jerry Hagstrom. 1983. The Book of America: Inside Fifty States Today. New York: WW Norton Co.


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