Ric Kolenda, Ph.D., is an experienced technology and nonprofit entrepreneur with the strong analytical skills developed as a Ph.D. in public policy. He teaches graduate-level public policy and public administration as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Pace University in New York, NY. He has also written regular columns for mass-market weekly and monthly publications.
Ric was previously a Professional Lecturer of Public Policy at DePaul University’s School of Public Service. His dissertation is entitled “Growing an Industrial Cluster?: Movie Production Incentives and the Georgia Film Industry.” His most recent academic publication is “Are Central Cities More Creative? The Intrametropolitan Geography of Creative Industries,” with Cathy Yang Liu, published in the Journal of Urban Affairs in December 2012. He is currently working on inequality and economic mobility in the creative economy. Previously he served as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA), and since 1987 he has taught public policy and administration, urban planning, urban politics and American government at several institutions including Appalachian State University, Georgia State University, the University of North Carolina Wilmington and Temple University.
His research interests include the economic geography of creative industries; urban inequality, equality of opportunity & socio-economic mobility; and twenty-first century employment structures.
Prior to returning to academia in 2008, Ric spent over 15 years in the technology sector, and co-founded the Philadelphia Area New Media Association and two Internet start-ups. He also founded Creative Wilmington, an organization and Website dedicated to enriching the creative economy in Wilmington, NC. Ric also has a M.A. in Urban Studies from Temple University and a B.S. in Economics.