Dr. James Fraser
Dr. James Fraser is a Visiting Scholar & Professor at the University of Minnesota and consults on urban and environmental issues. He was previously on the faculty at Vanderbilt University (American Studies; Institute of Energy & the Environment), Duke University (Public Policy) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Department of Geography and City & Regional Planning. Dr. Fraser’s areas of specialty include urban studies 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 collaborative book project, A People’s Guide to Nashville, is under review with the University of California, and his other current book projects are entitled Social Mix & the City: the plight for social justice and The Making of the Precarious City. His work has been supported by multiple National Science Foundation awards, contracts with government agencies including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as well as foundations including the Ford, Annie E. Casey, and NeighborWorks America. Fraser has testified before the Unites States Congress on urban redevelopment and housing, and his research for FEMA has been used in legislative sessions to inform floodplain policymaking. His work can be found in a wide range of public and academic outlets, and he serves as a reviewer the National Science Foundation, as well as for numerous academic journals and university presses.