Thomas J. Vicino

Thomas J. VicinoBiography

Thomas J. Vicino is Associate Professor of Political Science, Public Policy, and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. He is also affiliated with the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the Department of Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies. In 2016-2017, he serves as the Associate Department Chair of the Department of Political Science.

In 2014, Prof. Vicino was a U.S. Fulbright Core Scholar to Brazil, where he was a Visiting Associate Professor of Political Economy in the Graduate Program in Social Sciences at Pontificia Universidade Catolica (PUC Minas) in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Prof. Vicino is Director of the Master of Public Administration Program, which is a nationally-ranked program accredited by NASPAA. He teaches at the graduate level in the MPA Program and the Master of Urban and Regional Policy (MURP) Program. At the undergraduate level, he teaches in the Political Science major and the Urban Studies minor.

Prof. Vicino specializes in the political economy of cities and suburbs, focusing on issues of metropolitan development, housing, and demographic analysis. He is the author of the four books, including: Suburban Crossroads: The Fight for Local Control of Immigration Policy (Lexington Books, 2013) and Transforming Race and Class in Suburbia: Decline in Metropolitan Baltimore (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) and co-author of Global Migration: The Basics (Routledge, 2014) as well as the bestselling book Cities and Suburbs: New Metropolitan Realities in the US (Routledge, 2010). He has also published numerous book chapters and research articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Prof. Vicino proudly serves as the faculty advisor to two student organizations at Northeastern University: College Democrats and Huskies for Alternative Transportation.

Currently, he serves as an elective member of the Executive Council of the Brazil Section of the Latin American Studies Association. From 2013 to 2016, he has served on the Finance Committee of the Urban Affairs Association. From 2008-2010, he served on the Executive Council of the Urban Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. He is also an active member of the Latin American Studies Association, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, and the Brazilian Studies Association.

Prof. Vicino holds a PhD and MPP in Public Policy from the University of Maryland Graduate School, Baltimore where he studied under Prof. Donald F. Norris. Additionally, he holds a BSc, cum laude, with departmental honors in political science and communication studies, from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.

Prof. Vicino is near-fluent in Portuguese. He is a strong advocate for global and experiential education. His study abroad program, Brazil in the 21st Century, translates 'the global' and 'the experiential' into real opportunities for students.

In his spare time, he enjoys global travel, playing the trumpet, and photography as well as exploring good Italian food. Born in the District of Columbia, he was raised in Columbia, Maryland.

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