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Howard Rosing

  • Executive Director, Steans Center

Howard Rosing is the Executive Director of the Steans Center at DePaul University. He is a faculty member in Community Service Studies and affiliate faculty member in Geography, Sustainable Urban Development (MASUD) and Community Psychology and co-directs MASUD. Dr. Rosing is a cultural anthropologist whose research focuses on urban food access, economic restructuring, community food systems, and food justice movements in Chicago and the Dominican Republic. He is currently completing a citywide study of community garden yields in partnership with Neighborspace, Chicago's land trust for community gardens. Dr. Rosing is actively engaged in scholarship on service-learning and community-based research as pedagogies. He co-edited (with Nila Ginger Hofman) Pedagogies of Praxis: Course-based Action Research in the Social Sciences and has authored and co-authored numerous articles on service-learning pedagogy and community engagement in higher education. Dr. Rosing is also co-author (with Daniel Block) of Chicago: A Food Biography. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from the State University of New York-Binghamton. ​



Block, Daniel R. and Howard Rosing, Chicago: A Food Biography, Rowman and Littlefield, (2015).

Hofman, Nila Ginger and Howard Rosing, (Eds). Pedagogies of Praxis: Course-based Action Research in the Social Sciences San Francisco: Jossey-Bass (2006).

Book Chapters

2016     Llorens-Monteserin, Nicole and Howard Rosing “Growing Community Through Gardens on Chicago’s Southwest Side” In: Brown, S., McIvor K. and Synder, E, eds. Sowing Seeds in the City, New York, NY: Springer.

2016 Klimas Christie, James Montgomery, Howard Rosing, Marji Hess, Xochyl Perez and Christian DeKnock, “Soils in the City: A Science-based Service-Learning Course,” In: Jane L. Newman, Dennis W. Sunal and Cynthia Szymanski Sunal (Eds). Science and Service Learning. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

2011     Rosenberg, Helen, Anne Statham, Susan Reed and Howard Rosing, “Service-Learning and the Nontraditional Student: What’s Age Got to Do With It?” In: Bringle, R. and J. Hatcher, eds.  Understanding Service-Learning and Community Engagement: Crossing Boundaries through Research, Scottsdale, AZ: Information Age Publishing.

2009  Rosing, Howard, “Economic Restructuring and Urban Food Access in the Dominican Republic,” In: Himmelgreen, D. and S. Kedia, eds. Global Food Crisis: Perspectives from Practicing and Applied Anthropologists, Hoboken, NJ: Wiley

2006  Rosing, Howard. “Food for More than Thought: Course-based Action Research on Corner Stores in Chicago” In: Hofman N.G. and H. Rosing, eds. Pedagogies of Praxis: Course-based Action Research in the Social Sciences, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Journal Articles 

2017  Rosing, Howard, “Farming Chicago: Prospects for Higher Education Support of Sustainable Urban Food Systems in the U.S. Heartland,” Metropolitan Universities 28(1)

2016  Rosing, Howard, “Tracking Culture: The Meanings of Community Engagement Data Collection in Higher Education,” Metropolitan Universities 26(2): 147-163

2015     Reed, Susan, Howard Rosing, Helen Rosenberg and Anne Stratham, “Let us Pick the Organization”: Understanding Nontraditional Student Perceptions of Service-learning Practice,” Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, 8(2): 74-85

2015   Rosing, Howard and Angela Odoms-Young, (Guest Editors) “Community-University Food Projects, Race and Health Promotion,” Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 43 (2): 79-82.

2015     Reed, Susan, Helen Rosenberg, Anne Statham, and Howard Rosing, “It takes a Community: Service-learning and persistence among nontraditional college students?” Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, 21(2): 22-36.

2014    Lawlor, Jennifer A., Bronwyn A. Hunter , Leonard A. Jason , Howard Rosing, “Natural Mentoring in Oxford House Recovery Homes: A Preliminary Analysis,” Journal of Groups in Addiction & Recovery 9(2): 126-142

2012    Rosing, Howard, “Demystifying the local: Considerations for higher education engagement with community food systems,” Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. August 2012.

2010    Rosing, Howard, Susan Reed, Joseph R. Ferrari, and Nancy J. Bothne, “Understanding Student Complaints in the Service Learning Pedagogy,” American Journal of Community Psychology, 46(3-4): 472-48.

2010     Rosing, Howard and Nila Ginger Hofman, “Notes from the Field: Service Learning and the Development of Multidisciplinary Community-based Research Partnerships,” Journal of Community Practice, 18(2): 213-232.

2009     Young-Me, Lee, Susan Poslusny, and Howard Rosing, “Sexually Transmitted Infection Prevention Project as Community Engaged Scholarship,” Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education, 1(1): 1-9. 

2008     Hofman, Nila Ginger & Howard Rosing, “Course-based Action Research and Anthropology,” Anthropology News, 49(6): 11-12.