Professor and Department Head
Department of Urban Planning and Policy
Director, Center for Urban Economic Development
Building & Room:
215 CUPPA Hall, MC 348
412 S. Peoria St., Suite 231
- Urban political economy
- Labor markets and labor standards
- Urban informality and informal economies
- Policy mobilities
- UPP 508 Global Urbanization and Planning
- UPP 594 Urban Informality: Conceptual issues, policy debates and interventions
- UPP 594 Globalizing Cities: Policy mobilities, planning paradigms & urban imaginaries
Ford Foundation, Labor Standards and the Future of Work (2019-23), Principal Investigator
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Third-Party Logistics Outsourcing: Governance Mechanisms and their Relationship to Warehouse Workforce Systems (2020-23), Co-Principal Investigator
Hispanics in Philanthropy, Mutual Aid among Latino-Serving Organizations during the COVID-19 Pandemic (2021-22), Principal Investigator
Antipode Editorial Collective, eds. (2019) Keywords in Radical Geography: Antipode at 50. Oxford: Wiley.
Peck J and Theodore N (2015) Fast Policy: Experimental Statecraft at the Thresholds of Neoliberalism. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.
Brenner N, Peck J and Theodore N (2012) Afterlives of Neoliberalism. London: Bedford Press/Architectural Association.
Brenner N and Theodore N, eds. (2002) Spaces of Neoliberalism: Urban Restructuring in North America and Western Europe. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
Wright E, Chen JT, Beckfield J, Theodore N, Krieger N (2022) “Workplace Hazards and Health among Informally Employed Domestic Workers in 14 Cities, United States, 2011-2012: Using Four Approaches to Characterize Workers’ Patterns of Exposures,” American Journal of Industrial Medicine 65: 959-974.
Gutelius B and Theodore N (2022) “Technology Adoption and the Future of Warehouse Work,” Industrial and Labor Relations Review 75(4): 844-856.
Wright E, Chen JT, Beckfield J, Theodore N, González PL, and Krieger N (2022) “A Novel Use of Latent Class Analysis to Identify Patterns of Workplace Hazards among Informally Employed Domestic Workers in 14 Cities, United States, 2011–2012,” Annals of Work Exposures and Health 66(7): 838–862.
Theodore N (2020) “Deportations and Development: Responding to El Salvador’s New Migration Crisis,” Local Economy 35(7): 635-654.
Haro A, Kuhn R, Rodriguez MA, Theodore N, and Meléndez EJ, and Valenzuela A (2020) “Beyond Occupational Hazards: Abuse of Day Laborers and Health,” Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 22(6): 1172-1183.
Theodore N (2020) “Regulating Informality: Worker Centers and Collective Action in Day Labor Markets,” Growth and Change 51(1): 144-160.
Theodore N (2020) “Day Laborers in the Eye of the Storm,” NACLA Report on the Americas 52(2): 192-198.
Theodore N (2020) “Governing through Austerity: (Il)logics of Neoliberal Urbanism after the Global Financial Crisis,” Journal of Urban Affairs 42(1): 1-17.
Peck J and Theodore N (2019) “Still Neoliberalism?” South Atlantic Quarterly 118(2): 245-265.
Theodore N, Gutelius B, and Burnham L (2019) “Workplace Health and Safety Hazards Faced by Informally Employed Domestic Workers in the United States,” Workplace Health & Safety 67(1): 9-17.
Tilly C, Rojas-García G, and Theodore N (2018) “Intersectional Histories, Overdetermined Fortunes: Understanding Mexican and US Domestic Worker Movements,” Political Power and Social Theory 35: 121-145.
Theodore N, Pretorius A, Blaauw D, and Schenck C (2018) “Informality and the Context of Reception in South Africa’s New Immigrant Destinations,” Population, Space and Place 24(3): 1-10.
Theodore, N (2018) “The Ballad of Industry: Recuperating Alienated Identities through Day Laborers’ Song,” South Atlantic Quarterly 117(2): 410-419.
Schenck C, Theodore N, Blaauw D, Swart EM, and Viljoen JMM (2018) “The N2 Scrap Collectors: Assessing the Viability of Informal Recycling Using the Sustainable Livelihoods Framework,” Community Development Journal 53(4): 656-674.
Recent book chapters
Theodore N (2022) “The Production of Surplus Populations: Informality, Marginality, and Labour,” in and Ballard R and Barnett C, eds., Routledge Handbook of Social Change, 23-41. New York: Routledge.
Theodore N (2021) “Les Centres de Travailleurs: Réguler l’Informalié, du Bas vers le Haut,” in Jean E, Noiseux Y, and Soussi SA, eds., Pauvreté au Travail, Transformations des Marchés de l’Emploi et Trajectoires de Résistance: Un Dialogue Nord-Sud. Montreal: Presses de l’Université du Québec.
Alvarado P, Newman C, Requa-Trautz B, and Theodore N (2020) “Making Injustice Visible: NDLON’s Research and Action,” in Jacobs G, Greenbaum S, and Zinn P, eds., Collaborating for Change: A Casebook of Participatory Action Research, 112-125. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
Theodore N (2020) “Using Questionnaires to Survey Hidden Populations,” in Ward K, ed., Researching the City, 2nd edition, 74-88. London: Sage.
Theodore N (2019) “Policy Mobilities,” in B. Warf, ed., Oxford Bibliographies in Geography. New York: Oxford University Press.
Theodore N, Jazeel T, Kent A, and McKittrick K (2019) “Keywords in Radical Geography: An Introduction,” in Antipode Editorial Collective, eds., Keywords in Radical Geography: Antipode at 50, 1-13. Oxford: Wiley.
Theodore N (2018) “Taming Globalization: Raising Labor Standards across Supply Chains,” in Fine J, Burnham L, Griffith K, Ji M, Narro V, and Pitts S, eds, No One Size Fits All: Worker Organization, Policy, and Movement for a New Economic Age, 341-358. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.
Peck J, Brenner N and Theodore N (2018) “Actually Existing Neoliberalism,” in Cahill D, Cooper M, Konings M, and Primrose D, eds., SAGE Handbook of Neoliberalism, 3-15. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Theodore N (2018) “Urban Informality and the New Politics of Precarity: Day Labourer Activism in the US,” in Ward K, Jonas AEG , Miller B, and Wilson D, eds., Routledge Handbook of the Spaces of Urban Politics, 293-303. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Theodore N (2022) Building an Inclusive Economy: New York’s Day Labor Worker Centers and Workforce Development. UIC Center for Urban Economic Development.
Theodore N (2022) Recovering from Climate Disasters: Immigrant Day Laborers as “Second Responders.” National Day Laborer Organizing Network.
Theodore N (2021) Survival Economies: Black Informality in Chicago. Chicago: Equity and Transformation.
Theodore N and Chiarella A (2020) Meeting the Moment: An Early Assessment of the Immigrant Worker Safety Net Fund during the COVID-19 Pandemic. National Day Laborer Organizing Network.
Gutelius B and Theodore N (2019) The Future of Warehouse Work: Technological Change in the U.S. Logistics Industry. Berkeley, CA: University of California, Berkeley Labor Center and Working Partnerships USA.
Theodore N, Gutelius B, and Gonzalez AL (2019) The Worker Center Ecosystem in California: Organizing to Transform Low-Wage Industries. Washington, DC: LIFT Fund.
Theodore N and Requa-Trautz B (2018) Day Labor in Las Vegas: Employer Indiscretions in Sin City. National Day Laborer Employment Network.
Interventions Editor (2021-present), International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
Editor (2019-21), Antipode Book Series
Editor-in-Chief (2013-19), Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography
2021, Highly Cited Researcher 2010-2020, Clarivate
2016, University Scholar 2016-2018, University of Illinois Chicago
2015, Researcher of the Year, University of Illinois Chicago
2014, Highly Cited Researcher 2002-2012, Thompson Reuters/Clarivate