James DeFilippis, Ph.D.

James Defilippis

B.A. University of Vermont; M.A., and Ph.D. Rutgers University
  • Room 365, Civic Square Building
  • (848) 932-2805
  •  jdefilip [at] rutgers.edu
Research Interests
  • Urban political economy and political philosophy
  • Community development theory and practice
  • Unregulated work and the informal economy
  • Immigration

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 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, both independently and in collaboration with other authors.  He is the author or editor of six books and more than 40 articles and book chapters.  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.

Complete Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)

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  • Community Development
  • Immigration Policy & Public Health
  • Social Movements
  • Community Development
  • Immigration Policy & Public Health
  • Graduate Planning Studio
  • Urban Economy and Spatial Patterns

Recent Publications


  • 2017: DeFilippis, James (ed.). 2016. Urban Policy in the Time of Obama. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press
  • 2016: Fainstein, Susan and James DeFilippis (eds.). 2016. Readings in Planning Theory (4th ed). Wiley- Blackwell.

Chapters in Books or Monographs

  • 2020: Niedt, Christopher and James DeFilippis. New York’s Suburbs in a Globalized Metropolitan Region. in Johannes Nijman (ed.). The Life of the North American Suburbs.  Toronto, CA: University of Toronto Press

Articles in Refereed Journals

  • 2020: Nelson, Katharine, DeFilippis, James, Kruger, Rich, Williams, Olivia, Pierce, Joe, Martin, Deborah, and Azadeh Hadizadeh Esfahani. The Commodity Effects of Decommodification: Community  Land Trusts and Neighborhood Property Values. Housing Policy Debate. 30(5): 823-842
  • 2019: Martin, D. G., Hadizadeh Esfahani, A., Williams, O. R., Kruger, R., Pierce, J. & Defilippis, J., Jan 1 2019. Meanings of limited equity homeownership in community land trusts, In : Housing Studies.
  • 2019: Defilippis, J., Williams, O. R., Pierce, J., Martin, D. G., Kruger, R. & Esfahani, A. H., Jun 1 2019. On the Transformative Potential of Community Land Trusts in the United States, In : Antipode. 51, 3, p. 795-817 23 p.
  • 2018: DeFilippis, James, Stromberg, Brian and Olivia Williams. Whither the Community in Community Land Trusts. Journal of Urban Affairs.
  • 2017: DeFilippis, James. 2017. Place Matters, But Maybe Not in the Way They Think it Does… Urban Affairs Review. 53(1): 189-196
  • 2016: Fisher, Robert and James DeFilippis. 2016. Community Organizing in the United States. Community Development Journal. 50(3): 363-379.
  • 2015: Gray, Mia and James DeFilippis. Unions and Institutional Innovation: Learning from Las Vegas. Urban Studies.
  • 2015: DeFilippis, James and Benjamin Faust. Immigration and Community Development in New York City. Urban Geography.
Selected Publications
  • 2012: DeFilippis, James and Susan Saegert (eds.). The Community Development Reader (2nd ed.). New York: Routledge

Areas of Expertise: Community Based ResearchCommunity DevelopmentHousingNeighborhood Planning,Planning TheoryPolitical InstitutionsQualitative ResearchRegional DevelopmentSocial Policy/Inequality and Disparities