James DeFilippis is an Associate Professor at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University in New Jersey. His 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 work 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.
He is the author or editor of six books, including the award-winning Unmaking Goliath: Community Control in the Face of Global Capital (New York/London: Routledge, 2004) and Urban Policy in the Time of Obama (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016). 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.