PWR 2016 Featured Speaker - James Fraser - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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James Fraser is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human and Organizational Development in Peabody College, and Affiliated Faculty in American Studies, Institute for Energy and the Environment, and Women’s and Gender Studies, and a Curb Public Scholar at Vanderbilt University.  He was previously an Associate Research Professor in the Department of Geography and a Senior Associate Research at the Center for Urban and Regional Studies and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition he has served on the Graduate Faculty at Duke University. Dr. Fraser’s areas of specialty include urban and environmental geography. In particular, his work focuses on urban restructuring and governance, housing and neighborhood redevelopment, human dimensions of environmental change, and social justice. His current book project, A People’s Guide to Nashville, is currently under contract with the University of California Press. His work has been supported with multiple National Science Foundation awards, contracts with government agencies including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as well as projects for the Ford Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation and the NeighborWorks. Fraser has testified before the Unites States Congress on urban redevelopment and housing, and his research for FEMA was used in legislative sessions around floodplain policymaking. Amongst other journals his work can be found in Urban Studies, Urban Affairs Review, Journal of Urban Affairs, Urban Geography, Environment and Planning A, Landscape and Urban Planning, City and Community, Community Development Journal, Disasters; Eos, (American Geophysical Union), Journal of Disaster Studies, Management and Policy Studies, and the Journal of World Systems Theory Research. He serves as a reviewer the National Science Foundation, as well as numerous academic journals.