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Thomas J. Vicino

Associate Dean of Graduate Studies; Professor of Political Science, Public Policy and Urban Affairs

Professor Thomas J. Vicino is the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. He is appointed as Professor in the Department of Political Science and holds a joint appointment in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. Previously, Prof. Vicino was the Chair of the Department of Political Science from 2017 to 2019; and from 2011 to 2017, he served as the Director of the Master of Public Administration Program, which is a nationally-ranked program accredited by NASPAA. In 2014, Prof. Vicino was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Brazil, where he was a visiting professor in the Graduate Program in Social Sciences at Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

A widely-cited scholar of Urban Affairs, 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 five books, including: Suburban Crossroads: The Fight for Local Control of Immigration Policy (2013) and Transforming Race and Class in Suburbia: Decline in Metropolitan Baltimore (2008) and co-author of Global Migration: The Basics (2014) as well as the bestselling book Cities and Suburbs: New Metropolitan Realities in the US (2010). Most recently, he is the co-editor, with Bernadette Hanlon, of the book The Routledge Companion to the Suburbs (2019). He has also published numerous book chapters, essays, reviews, and research articles in leading peer-reviewed journals. He serves on various editorial boards including the Journal of Race, Ethnicity and the City and Urban Planning. Currently, he serves as Chair of the Governing Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban Affairs Association.

  • Chair of the Governing Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban Affairs Association, 2020 – present.
  • Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Brazil, 2014.
  • Top 5 Bestseller, Cities and Suburbs, Urban Studies List, Routledge, 2011.
  • Frazer D. White Award for Excellence in Communication Studies, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, 2002.
  • George E. Merrick Scholarship, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, 1998 –2002.
  • Howard County Executive’s Award for Excellence in Government, 1998.