Frederic Fox Leadership Professor of Politics, Religion, and Civil Society
Director, Robert A. Fox Leadership Program
Areas of Interest
John DiIulio is the Frederic Fox Leadership Professor of Politics, Religion, and Civil Society in the Department of Political Science and Director of Penn’s Robert A. Fox Leadership Program for undergraduates. Over the last quarter-century, he has won several major academic and teaching awards including the 2010 Ira Abrams Memorial Award and the 2010 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. He has also chaired his academic association’s standing committee on professional ethics. Outside academic life, he has developed programs to mentor the children of prisoners, provide literacy training in low-income communities, reduce homicides in high-crime police districts, and support inner-city Catholic schools that serve low-income children. He has been a Research Center Director at the Brookings Institution, the Manhattan Institute, and Public/Private Ventures. During his academic leave in 2001-2002, he served as first Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. He is the author, co-author, and editor of over a dozen books and several hundred articles.
DiIulio, John. 2014. Bring Back the Bureaucrats. Templeton Press.
DiIulio, John, James Q. Wilson, and Meena Bose. American Government: Institutions and Policies, 14th edition. Wadsworth-Cengage.
DiIulio, John. 2007. Godly Republic: A Centrist Blueprint for America’s Faith-Based Future. University of California Press.
Starr Foundation South Asia Studies Professor
Director of Asia Programs
Areas of Interest
Devesh Kapur is Starr Foundation South Asia Studies Professor and Director of Asia Programs for Johns Hopkins University. He is formerly the Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of India and Professor of Political Science in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to arriving at Penn, Kapur was Associate Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin, and before that the Frederick Danziger Associate Professor of Government at Harvard. His research focuses on human capital, national and international public institutions, and the ways in which local-global linkages, especially international migration and international institutions, affect political and economic change in developing countries, especially India.
Kapur, Devesh, Pratap Bhanu Mehta, and Milan Vaishnav, eds. 2017. Rethinking Public Institutions in India. Oxford University Press.
Kapur, Devesh, and Pratap Bhanu Mehta, eds. 2017. Navigating the Labyrinth: Perspectives on India’s Higher Education. Orient BlackSwan.
Chakravorty, Sanjoy, Devesh Kapur, Nirvikar Singh. 2016. The Other One Percent: Indians in America. Oxford University Press.
Kapur, Devesh, D. Shyam Babu, and Chandra Bhan Prasad. 2014. Defying the Odds: The Rise of Dalit Entrepreneurs. Random House India.
Kapur, Devesh. 2010. Diaspora, Development, and Democracy: The Domestic Impact of International Migration from India. Princeton University Press.
Michael A. Nutter
Former Mayor, City of Philadelphia
Michael A. Nutter served as the 98th mayor of Philadelphia—the nation’s fifth largest city—from January 2008 to January 2016, and as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors from 2012 to 2013. During his time in office, he was widely recognized as a reformer, leading changes in policing, economic development, taxation, sustainability policy, and other areas. In 2014, Nutter was named as one of Governing magazine’s Public Officials of the Year; in 2011, Esquire magazine cited him among its Americans of the Year. During Nutter’s mayoralty, Philadelphia’s city government received more than 150 awards for innovative programs, good government practices, and general excellence. Before winning election as the city’s chief executive, Nutter served on the Philadelphia City Council for almost 15 years, from 1992 to 2006. He was also the chairman of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority Board from 2003 to 2007. He now serves as a distinguished faculty member at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).
Editor-in-Chief, Citiscope; Chair, Citistates Group
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.
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.
Provost, University of Pennsylvania
Presidential Professor of Law and Education
Wendell Pritchett is Penn’s Provost and Presidential Professor in the Law School and the Graduate School of Education. He began his tenure as Penn’s 30th Provost on July 1, 2017. An award-winning scholar, author, lawyer, professor, and civic and academic leader, he first joined the Penn Law faculty in 2002, serving as Interim Dean from 2014-15 and as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2006-07. He served from 2009-14 as Chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden, leading unprecedented growth that included graduating classes of record sizes, the first campus doctoral programs, and new health education and science facilities. In the City of Philadelphia, he has been Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Policy for Mayor Michael Nutter, Chair of the Redevelopment Authority, member of the School Reform Commission, President of the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation, Board Chair of the Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, and Executive Director of the district offices of Congressman Thomas Foglietta, among many other board and leadership positions. He has served as President of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, a board member of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, Co-Chair of Mayor Nutter’s Transition Committee, and Co-Chair of Barack Obama’s Urban Policy Task Force. His research examines the development of post-war urban policy, in particular urban renewal, housing finance, and housing discrimination.
Pritchett, Wendell, Jessie Brown, and Martin Kurzweil. 2017. “Quality Assurance in U.S. Higher Education: The Current Landscape and Principles for Reform” Ithaka S+R and Penn Program on Regulation.
Petrilla, John, Barbara Cohn, Wendell Pritchett, Paul Stiles, Victoria Stodden, Jeffrey Vagle, Mark Humowiecki, and Nastassia Rosario. 2017. “Legal Issues for IDS Use: Finding a Way Forward.” Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy.
Pritchett, Wendell. 2008. Robert Clifton Weaver and the American City: The Life and Times of an Urban Reformer. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Pritchett, Wendell and Mark Rose, guest editors. 2008. “Politics and the American City, 1940-1990.” Journal of Urban History 34.
Pritchett, Wendell. 2002. Brownsville, Brooklyn: Blacks, Jews and the Changing Face of the Ghetto. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Areas of Interest
Shashank Saini is a doctoral student of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on understanding violence in the face of rapid transformations in the political economy of urban India. Shashank’s dissertation research uses the optic of gendered embodiment, particularly masculinity, to understand the subject making processes of male youth residing in peri-urban settings in Delhi.
Executive Director, Fels Institute of Government
David Thornburgh is the CEO of Committee of Seventy. As CEO, Thornburgh oversees the operation of the 110-year-old non-profit, non-partisan good government group as it fights for ethical and transparent government, honest public officials, effective use of taxpayer dollars, honest elections and increased access to voting, limits on the influence of money in elections, better informed citizens and more citizen participation in public life. Thornburgh has served as Executive Director of the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania since 2008. Prior to that he was President and CEO of the Alliance for Regional Stewardship and Executive Director of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia where, under his leadership, the League became one of the nation’s best regional “think and do tanks.” From 1988 to 1994 he served as Director of the Wharton Small Business Development Center, the consulting and training arm of The Wharton School’s Entrepreneurial Center. Right after graduate school, he served as Director of Civic Affairs at the CIGNA Corporation in Philadelphia. Throughout his career, Thornburgh has received a number of awards for his professional and civic leadership. He is a frequent commentator on public policy and regional development issues, and has been quoted often in the Philadelphia newspapers and also in the New York Times, USA Today, the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Inc., and Fortune.
PhD Candidate, Applied Economics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Rui Yu is a PhD student in the Applied Economics at Wharton interested in urban economics, housing, and political economy. His research examines the role of interest groups in shaping urban policy and how policy in turn shapes the built environment. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University and worked in the Research Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York prior to graduate school.