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Wendell Pritchett

Interim Dean and Presidential Professor

Wendell Pritchett


On July 1, 2014 Wendell Pritchett officially began his tenure as Interim Dean of the Law School and as a Presidential Professor at Penn. A Penn Law professor from 2001-09, Pritchett most recently served as Chancellor of Rutgers-Camden from 2009-14, and in 2008 served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Policy for Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, who also appointed him to the School Reform Commission, where he served from 2011-14. Continue reading…

Expertise

  • Property Law
  • Land Use and Planning
  • Urban Development
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Urban Policy
  • Education Law
  • American Legal History
  • Real Estate

Articles and Book Chapters

African-American Activism in the North, in SPEAKING OUT: ACTIVISM AND PROTEST IN THE 1960s AND 1970s (Heather Ann Thompson ed., Pearson 2010).

ROBERT CLIFTON WEAVER AND THE AMERICAN CITY: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF AN URBAN REFORMER (Univ. of Chicago Press 2008).
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Beyond Kelo: Thinking About Urban Development in the 21st Century, 22 GA. ST. L. REV. 895 (2007).

Which Urban Crisis: Regionalism, Race and Urban Policy, 1960-1974, 32 J. URB. HIST. 266 (2007).

A National Issue: Segregation in the District of Columbia and the Civil Rights Movement at Mid-Century, 93 GEO. L.J. 1321 (2005).

Identity Politics, Past and Present, INT’L LAB. & WORKING-CLASS HIST. 33 (2005).

Where Shall We Live? Class and the Limitations of Fair Housing Law, 35 URB. LAW. 399 (2003).

The "Public Menace" of Blight: Urban Renewal and the Private Uses of Eminent Domain, 21 YALE L. & POL'Y REV. 1 (2003).

STEPHEN GRANT MEYER, AS LONG AS THEY DON'T MOVE NEXT DOOR: SEGREGATION AND RACIAL CONFLICT IN AMERICAN NEIGHBORHOODS (Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2000) 64 The Historian 420 (2002).

BROWNSVILLE, BROOKLYN: BLACKS, JEWS AND THE CHANGING FACE OF THE GHETTO. Univ. of Chicago Press, January, 2002.
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Race and Community in Postwar Brooklyn: The Brownsville Neighborhood Council and the Politics of Urban Renewal, 27 J. URB. HIST. 445 (May, 2001).

LILLIAN SERECE WILLIAMS, STRANGERS IN THE LAND OF PARADISE: THE CREATION OF AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY IN BUFFALO, NEW YORK, 1900-1940 (Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press, 2000), American Historical Review, 577 (April 2001).

FROM TENEMENTS TO THE TAYLOR HOMES: IN SEARCH OF AN URBAN HOUSING POLICY IN TWENTIETH CENTURY AMERICA (John Bauman, Roger Biles, and Kristin Szylvain eds., State College: Penn State Univ. Press, 2000), Pennsylvania History, (Fall 2001).

A Northern Civil Rights Movement: The Beth-El Strike of 1962 and New York Race Relations, LABORS HERITAGE (Fall/Winter 1999/2000).

JUNE MANNING THOMAS, REDEVELOPMENT AND RACE: PLANNING A FINER CITY IN POSTWAR DETROIT (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1997), 17 Planning and Environment D: Society and Space 629 (Winter 1999).

DAVID DELANEY, RACE, PLACE AND THE LAW, 1836-1948 (Austin, Univ. of Texas Press, 1998) H-Urban On-Line Reviews, May 1999.

More publications can be found here.

Working Papers

The Romance of Home: The Fair Housing Movement in the 1950s, U of Penn. Law School, Pub. Law Research Paper No. 08
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Research Areas

  • Urban Policy
  • Education Policy
  • Urban History
  • Race Relations
  • Legal History

Positions

Chancellor of Rutgers-Camden from (2009-14)

Penn Law - Professor of Law (2001-09);Associate Dean and Professor of Law (2006 -07); Assistant Professor of Law (2002-06); Visiting Assistant Professor of Law (2001-02)

Director of the Office of Research, Planning, and Policy for the City of Philadelphia (Jan. 2008- July 2008)

Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen, Attorney (1991-92)

Office of Congressman Thomas M. Foglietta - Executive Director of District Offices (1996-97)

Regional Housing Legal Services, Staff Attorney (1993-95)

Professional Activities

Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU): President, 2012 to present

Philadelphia School Reform Commission: Commissioner, 2011 to 2014

Economy League of Greater Philadelphia/World Class Greater Philadelphia initiative: Co-Chair, 2009 to present

Select Greater Philadelphia/CEO Council for Growth initiative: Board Member, 2009-2011

Cooper University Health Care Board of Trustees: Member, 2011 to 2014

United Way of Camden County Board of Directors: Member 2009-2011

Community Legal Services of Philadelphia Board of Directors: Board Chair, 2005-2008; Member, 1997-2008

Courses

  • Land Use Law and Policy
  • Urban Policy
  • Introduction to Property Law
  • Local Government Law

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