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Nik Theodore, PhD, Professor

BA, Macalester College (1986); MUPP, University of Illinois at Chicago (1989); PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago (2000).

Research Interests

Urban political economy, labor markets, informal economy, policy mobilities, labor standards, neoliberal urbanism, economic restructuring


UPP 501 Space, Place & Institutions
UPP 521 Globalization and International Planning II
UPP 535 Planning for the Informal Economy
UPP 594 PhD Seminar in Qualitative Methods


N. Brenner, J. Peck and N. Theodore (2012) Afterlives of Neoliberalism. London: Bedford Press/Architectural Association.

J. Peck and N. Theodore (2012) “Politicizing Contingent Work: Countering Neoliberal Labor-Market Regulation…From the Bottom Up?” South Atlantic Quarterly 111(4): 741-761.

N. Theodore (2012) “Policing Borders: Unauthorized Immigration and the Pernicious Politics of Attrition,” Social Justice 38(1/2): 87-102.

J. Peck and N. Theodore (2012) “Reanimating Neoliberalism: Process Geographies of Neoliberalisation,” Social Anthropology 20(2): 177-185.

J. Peck, N. Theodore and Neil Brenner (2012) “ Neoliberalism Resurgent? Market Rule after the Great Recession,” South Atlantic Quarterly 111(2): 265-288.

N. Theodore and J. Peck (2012) “Framing Neoliberal Urbanism: Translating ‘Common Sense’ Urban Policy across the OECD Zone,” European Urban and Regional Studies 19(1): 20-41.

J. Peck and N. Theodore (2012) “Follow the Policy: A Distended Case Approach,” Environment and Planning A 44(1): 21-30.

N. Theodore, A. Bernhardt and J. DeFillipis (2012) “Under the Radar: Tracking the Violation of Labour Standards in Low-Wage Industries in the U.S.,” in C. Warhurst, F. Carré, P. Findlay and C. Tilly, eds., “Are Bad Jobs Inevitable? Trends, Determinants, and Responses to Job Quality in the Twenty-first Century, 208-223. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

J. Peck, N. Theodore and N. Brenner (2012) “Neoliberalism, interrupted,” in D. Cahill, L. Edwards and F. Stilwell, eds., Neoliberalism: Beyond the Free Market, 15-30Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

N. Brenner, N. Theodore and J. Peck (2012) “Towards Deep Neoliberalization?” in J. Künkel and M. Mayer, eds., Neoliberal Urbanism and its Contestations – Crossing Theoretical Boundaries, 27-45. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

N. Theodore, J. Peck, and N. Brenner (2011) “Neoliberal Urbanism: Cities and the Rule of Markets,” in G. Bridge and S. Watson, eds., A New Companion to the City, 15-25.  London: Blackwell.

N. Brenner, J. Peck, and N. Theodore (2010) “After Neoliberalization?” Globalizations 7(3): 327-345.

J. Peck and N. Theodore (2010) “Recombinant Workfare, Across the Americas: Transnationalizing ‘Fast’ Social Policy,” Geoforum 41(2): 195-208.

J. Peck and N. Theodore (2010) “Mobilizing Policy: Models, Methods and Mutations,” Geoforum 41(2): 169-174.

N. Brenner, J. Peck, and N. Theodore (2010) “Variegated Neoliberalization: Geographies, Modalities, Pathways,” Global Networks 10(2): 1-41.

N. Theodore (2010) “Urban Underclass: The Wayward Travels of a Chaotic Concept,” Urban Geography 31(2): 169-174.

E. Meléndez, N. Theodore, and A. Valenzuela (2010) “Day Laborers in New York’s Informal Economy,” in E. Marcelli, C. Williams, and P. Joussart-Marcelli, eds., The Informal Economy in the Developed World, 133-150. London: Routledge.

J. Peck, N. Theodore, and N. Brenner (2010) “Postneoliberalism and its Malcontents,” Antipode 42(6): 94-116.

N. Theodore, E. Meléndez, and A. Valenzuela (2009) “Worker Centers: Defending Labor Standards for Migrant Workers in the Informal Economy,”International Journal of Manpower 30(5): 422-436.

J. Peck, N. Theodore, and N. Brenner (2009) “Neoliberal Urbanism: Models, Moments, Mutations,” SAIS Review 29(1): 49-66.

M. Doussard, J. Peck, and N. Theodore (2009) “After Deindustrialization: Uneven Growth and Economic Inequality in ‘Postindustrial’ Chicago,” Economic Geography 85(2): 183-207.

J. Peck and N. Theodore (2008) “Carceral Chicago: Making the Ex-offender Employability Crisis,” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research32(2): 251-281.

H. Cordero-Guzman, N. Martin, V. Quiroz-Becerra, and N. Theodore (2008) “Voting with their Feet: Nonprofit Organizations and Immigrant Mobilization,”American Behavioral Scientist 52(4): 598-617.

N. Theodore, A. Valenzuela, E. Meléndez, and A. L. Gonzalez (2008) “Day Labor and Workplace Abuses in the Residential Construction Industry: Conditions in the Washington, DC Region,” in A. Bernhardt, H. Boushey, L. Dresser, and C. Tilly, eds., The Gloves Off Economy: Workplace Standards at the Bottom of America’s Labor Market, 91-109. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

N. Theodore (2007) “New Labour at Work: Long-Term Unemployment and the Geography of Opportunity,” Cambridge Journal of Economics 31: 927-939.

J. Peck and N. Theodore (2007) “Variegated Capitalism,” Progress in Human Geography 31(6): 731-772.

N. Theodore and N. Martin (2007) “Migrant Civil Society: New Voices in the Struggle over Community Development,” Journal of Urban Affairs 29(3): 269-287.

J. Peck and N. Theodore (2007) “Flexible Recession: The Temporary Staffing Industry and Mediated Work in the United States,” Cambridge Journal of Economics 31(2): 171-192. 

N. Martin, S. Morales, and N. Theodore (2007) “Migrant Worker Centers: Contending with Downgrading in Low-Wage Labor Markets,” GeoJournal 68: 155-165.

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Recognition / Awards

Thomson Reuters "Highly Cited Researcher," 2014

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