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Dennis R. Judd, PhD

Professor Emeritus

Political Science


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(312) 996-4421


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For many years Dennis Judd has been a leading contributor to the literature on urban political economy, urban economic development, national urban policy, and urban revitalization. He brings this research together in his leading textbook in urban politics, City Politics: Private Power and Public Policy (Taylor & Francis, 2014, 9th ed.) He has published pioneering research on urban tourism. As part of this continuing research program he has co-edited The Tourist City (with Susan S. Fainstein; Yale University Press, 1999), a book that described the global competition for tourism by cities. Through in-depth case studies, The Infrastructure of Play (edited; M.E. Sharpe, 2003) shows how the new infrastructure of tourism has transformed the physical environment of cities throughout the world. Globalization and the New Politics of Urban Development (edited; American Behavioral Scientist, Sage Publications, April 2003) describes the political and policy impacts of the new tourism economies. Cities and Visitors: Regulating Cities, Markets, and City Space (edited with Lily M. Hoffman and Susan S. Fainstein; Blackwell, 2004) advances a comprehensive theory of tourism development that integrates social science research on this important topic. The book, The City, Revisited (co-edited with Dick Simpson) offers a unique perspective on the theories used to the study the city over the past century. He has a forthcoming publication on the building of a tourist economy in Chicago, Mayor Richard M. Daley and the Rise of Chicago’s City of Spectacle (with Costas Spirou).

Selected Publications

City Politics: Private Power and Public Policy. With Todd Swanstrom (Taylor & Francis). Ninth Edition, 2014.

American Urban Politics: The Reader, with Paul Kantor (eds.) (Taylor & Francis), Seventh Edition, 2012.

The City, Revisited: Urban Theory from Chicago, Los Angeles, New York. Edited with Dick Simpson (University of Minnesota Press, 2011).

The Tourist City. Edited with Susan S. Fainstein (Yale University Press, 1999).

The Infrastructure of Play: Building the Tourist City in America, (Ed.) M.E. Sharpe, 2003.

Cities and Visitors: Regulating Cities, Markets, and City Space. Edited with Lily M. Hoffman and Susan S. Fainstein (Blackwell Publishers, 2004).

Cities, Sagebrush, and Solitude. Edited with Stephanie S. Witt (University of Nevada Press, 2015).

Mayor Richard M. Daley and the Rise of Chicago’s City of Spectacle. With Costas Spirou (Cornell University Press, forthcoming 2016).

Professional Leadership

Editor (1985-2001), Urban Affairs Review

Editor and founder, University of Minnesota Press

Co-founder and past President, Urban Politics Section. APSA

Notable Honors

1998, Career Achievement Award, American Political Science Association

2003, Best Book Award, American Political Science Association


PhD University of Illinois

Research Currently in Progress

Urban Politics and Policy, Urban Political Economy, Public Policy.