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Nik Theodore

Professor and Department Head

Department of Urban Planning and Policy

Director, Center for Urban Economic Development

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Contact

Building & Room:

215 CUPPA Hall, MC 348

Address:

412 S. Peoria St., Suite 231

Office Phone:

(312) 996-8378

CV Download:

Theodore-cv-2022_4.pdf

About

Research interests

  • Urban political economy
  • Labor markets and labor standards
  • Urban informality and informal economies
  • Policy mobilities

Courses taught

  • UPP 508 Global Urbanization and Planning
  • UPP 521 Globalization and International Planning II: Comparative planning and policies
  • UPP 594 Urban Informality: Conceptual issues, policy debates and interventions
  • UPP 594 Globalizing Cities: Policy mobilities, planning paradigms & urban imaginaries

Selected Grants

Ford Foundation, Labor Standards and the Future of Work (2019-22), Principal Investigator

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Third-Party Logistics Outsourcing: Governance Mechanisms and their Relationship to Warehouse Workforce Systems (2020-22), Co-Principal Investigator

Hispanics in Philanthropy, Mutual Aid among Latino-Serving Organizations during the COVID-19 Pandemic (2021-22), Principal Investigator

Selected Publications

Books

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.

 

Recent articles

Gutelius B and Theodore N (2022) “Technology Adoption and the Future of Warehouse Work,” Industrial and Labor Relations Review, online first.

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, online first.

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 (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.

 Recent reports

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.

Publication Aggregators

Professional Leadership

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

Notable Honors

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