James DeFilippis

James DeFilippis , Ph.D.
Associate Professor
B.A. University of Vermont; M.A., and Ph.D. Rutgers University


Contact Information

Civic Square Building, room 365

Phone (732) 932-2805

Fax (732) 932-6564

E-mail: jdefilip@rutgers.edu


Research Interests

  • Urban political economy and political philosophy
  • Community development theory and practice
  • Unregulated work and the informal economy
  • Immigration



  • Introduction to Planning, Policy and Health
  • History and Theory of Planning
  • Principles of Housing
  • US Housing Policy
  • Immigration Policy and Public Health
  • Community Development
  • Urban Economics and Spatial Patterns


Recent Publications and Activities


  • DeFilippis, James (ed.). 2016. Urban Policy in the Time of Obama. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press (under contract).
  • Fainstein, Susan and James DeFilippis (eds.). 2016. Readings in Planning Theory (4th ed). Wiley- Blackwell. (under contract).
  • DeFilippis, James and Susan Saegert (eds.). 2012. The Community Development Reader (2nd ed.). New York: Routledge.
  • DeFilippis, James, Fisher, Robert and Eric Shragge. 2010. Contesting Community: The Limits and Potential of Local Organizing. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
  • DeFilippis, James and Susan Saegert (eds.). 2007. The Community Development Reader. New York: Routledge.
  • DeFilippis, James. 2004. Unmaking Goliath: Community Control in the Face of Global Capital. New York: Routledge.
    Winner of the American Political Science Association’s Urban Politics Section “Best Book in Urban Politics 2004”.


Selected Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • DeFilippis, James and Benjamin Faust. (in press). Immigration and Community Development in New York City. Urban Geography.
  • Gray, Mia and James DeFilippis. (in press). Unions and Institutional Innovation: Learning from Las Vegas. Urban Studies.
  • DeFilippis, James and Juan Rivero. 2014. Cities and Social Justice. in Ronan Paddison and Eugene McCann (eds.). Cities and Social Change. Newbury Park: Sage. Pp. 186-198.
  • DeFilippis, James. 2013. On Spatial Solutions to Social Problems. Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research. 15(2): 69-72.
  • Theodore, Nik, Annette Bernhardt and James DeFilippis. 2012. Under the Radar: Tracking the Violation of Labour Standards in Low-Wage Industries in the US. in Chris Warhurst, Francoise Carre, Patricia Findlay and Chris Tilly (eds.). Are Bad Jobs Inevitable? Trends, Determinants and Responses to Job Quality in the Twenty-First Century. Basinstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • DeFilippis, James. 2012. Housing and Social Movements. in Susan Smith (ed.). International Encyclopedia of Housing and Home. London: Elsevier
  • DeFilippis, James and Juan Rivero. 2012. Cities and Social Justice. in Ronan Paddison and Eugene McCann (eds.). Cities and Social Change. Newbury Park: Sage.
  • James Fraser, James DeFilippis and Joshua Bazuin. 2011. HOPE VI: calling for modesty in its claims. in    Gary Bridge, Tim Butler and Loretta Lees (eds.). Mixed Communities: Gentrification by stealth? Bristol, UK: Policy Press.
  • Polson, Diana, DeFilippis, James and Annette Bernhardt. 2011. Working Without Laws in New York City. Challenge. 54(2): 80-108.
  • Wyly, Elvin and James DeFilippis. 2010. Mapping public housing: the case of New York City. City and Community. 9(1): 61-86.
  • DeFilippis, James and James Fraser. 2010. What Kind of Mixed-Income Housing and for What Reasons? in Jonathan Davies and David Imbroscio (eds.). Critical Urban Studies: New Directions. Albany: SUNY Press. pp. 135-148.
  • DeFilippis, James, Martin, Nina, Bernhardt, Annette and Siobhán McGrath. 2009. "On the Characteristics and Organization of Unregulated Work in American Cities." Urban Geography. 30(1): 63-90.
  • DeFilippis, James, Fisher, Robert and Eric Shragge. 2009. "What’s Left in the Community?" Community Development Journal. 44(1): 38-52..
  • McGrath, Siobhán and James DeFilippis. 2009. "Social Reproduction as Unregulated Work." Work, Employment, and Society. 23(1): 66–83..
  • DeFilippis, James. 2009. Globalization, Place and Economic Justice in Cities. In James Connolly, Peter Marcuse, Johannes Novy, Ingrid Olivo, Cuz Potter, and Justin Steil (eds.) Searching for the Just City: Debates on Urban Theory and Practice. New York: Routledge. pp. 144-158.
  • DeFilippis, James, Fisher, Robert and Eric Shragge. 2009. Community Organizing Theory and Practice: Conservative Trends, Oppositional Alternatives. in Robert Fisher (ed.) The People Shall Rule: ACORN, Community Organizing and the Struggle for Economic Justice. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press.
  • DeFilippis, James. 2008. "Paradoxes of community-building: community control in the global economy." International Social Science Journal. 192: 223-234.
  • Bernhardt, Annette, Siobhan McGrath and James DeFilippis. 2008. "The State of Worker Protections in the U.S.: Unregulated Work in New York City." International Labor Review. 147(2/3): 135-162.
  • DeFilippis, James and Elvin Wyly. 2008. "Running to Stand Still: Through the Looking Glass with Federally Subsidized Housing in New York City." Urban Affairs Review. 43(6): 777-816.
  • DeFilippis, James. 2007. "Erasing the Community In Order To Save It? Reconstructing Community and Property in Community Development. in Harris Beider (ed.) Housing, Neighbourhood Renewal and Community Engagement. pp. 271-289. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • DeFilippis, James, Robert Fisher, and Eric Shragge. 2006. "Neither Romance nor Regulation: Re- evaluating Community." International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 30(3): 673-689.



James DeFilippis' research focuses on the politics and economics of cities and communities.  He is particularly interested in the processes of social change, and questions of power and justice in cities.  His strives to makes connections; linking disciplines and connecting academic theory and grounded political practice. He has published work in academic journals in a variety of fields, both independently and in collaboration with other authors.  He is the author or editor of three books.  Professor DeFilippis has also written applied monographs and reports, and his interests extend well beyond the academy and into the practice of concrete political work and policy analyses.


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