Robert J. Stokes, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Sociology and coordinator of two academic programs at Drexel University: the B.S. in Environmental Studies and the M.S. in Environmental Policy. He has published numerous scholarly articles, book chapters and technical reports in the areas of urban redevelopment, public safety planning, environmental sustainability planning and the public health impacts of mass transit. He teaches courses in urban planning and policy, community development, criminology, research methods and data analysis. Prior to his current academic appointment, he was an Assistant Professor at the Wilder School of Government at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has also taught at the University of Texas-Arlington, the University of South Carolina, Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania. A native of South Philadelphia, he is a graduate of Upper Darby High School and received a B.S. in Business Administration from Millersville University, an M.A. in Urban Studies from Temple University and a Ph.D. from the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.