Stephen Danley is an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Administration at Rutgers-Camden University and author of A Neighborhood Politics of Last Resort: Post-Katrina New Orleans and the Right to the City. His research focus includes urban neighborhoods as well as partnership and protest in cities. He has a particular soft spot for both Camden, NJ and New Orleans, LA.

He founded and authors the Local Knowledge Blog, which has been featured in Next City magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Philly Magazine. The blog highlights local voice and local issues, particularly in Camden. 

A proud alumnus of Penn, Stephen received a Marshall Scholarship to attend the University of Oxford’s Nuffield College, where he received his doctorate in the Department of Social Policy and Interventions. While at Oxford, he also completed an MSc in Comparative Social Policy, was employed as a bar man at the Royal Blenheim Pub, and failed at his attempts to master croquet.

In a world of expertise and technocracy, Stephen is an advocate for local knowledge and civic engagement as foundational to both urban policy and urban universities. This perspective is grounded in his experiences as a city-dweller, urban academic, and local activist.  

Prior experience includes freelance writing for the New York Times and Next City, three Ivy championships with Penn’s basketball team, and a year as a Philly Fellow working for the Neighborhood Interfaith Movement. When not crashing meetings at city hall, Stephen enjoys  discussing city neighborhoods over a good pint of British ale.