Dr. Schwieterman received his Ph.D. in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago, Master of Science in Transportation from Northwestern University, and Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management from Purdue University.
His professional interests are public policy, transportation, urban planning, geographic information systems, economics, and research methods.
Dr. Schwieterman has published extensively on the economics of inner-city transportation and is a long-standing contributor to the Transportation Research Board (TRB), a unit of the National Academy of Sciences. His work appears in such scholarly journals as Regulation, Journal of Asian Business, Transport Reviews, and the Journal of the Transportation Research Forum. He is the author of Air Cargo and the Opening of China (University of Hong Kong Press, 1994).
In the past few years, he has published a book about the abandonment of American railroads, When the Railroad Leaves Town, and an illustrated monograph (co-written with Martin Toth, a graduate of the School of Public Services), Contemporary Suburbia: Perspectives on Development Control in Metropolitan Chicago. Most recently, Dr. Schwieterman led student researchers in an analysis of inter-city bus usage, the results of which were reported in the Chicago Tribune, “Get on the bus” (December 24, 2007).
Joseph P. Schwieterman is an authority on the economics of urban transportation and an expert on economic development in Chicago. He frequently appears on Chicago Tonight and on WBBM Radio’s Noon Business Hour. In addition to radio appearances, Dr. Schwieterman’s work was recently featured in DePaul’s Insights magazine cover story. He has also testified on transportation issues before a subcommittee of the U.S. Senate. As the Director of DePaul’s Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development, which promotes effective urban planning, Dr. Schwieterman is also actively involved in research about economic development in the Chicago region. He has served as vice president of the Metropolitan Conference on Public Transit Research and as an officer of TRB’s Aviation Economics and Forecasting Committee. Before joining DePaul, he spent eight years working in the transportation industry.