Akira Drake Rodriguez writes about race, cities, and space in the US.  She is currently a Joint Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania's Weitzman School of Design and School of Social Policy and Practice. Akira is currently working on her manuscript, Deviants in Divergent Spaces: The Radical Politics of Atlanta's Public Housing (under contract with the University of Georgia Press), which examines the dialectic between black feminist politics and public housing policy in Atlanta from 1936 to 2010.    

Akira was born in Alexandria, VA, stopped briefly in Philadelphia, PA, and spent her formative years in Louisville, KY.  She received her PhD from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Urban Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.  She has a MPA from the Fels Institute at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  Her husband Ruben and her son Jack keep her laughing at their home in Philadelphia.




Akira Drake Rodriguez

University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design

210 S. 34th Street

127 Meyerson Hall

Philadelphia, PA 19104

akirad [at] upenn [dot] edu