James H. Johnson Jr. is the William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of entrepreneurship and director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center.
His research interests include community and economic development, the effects of demographic changes on the U.S.
workplace, interethnic minority conflict in advanced industrial societies, urban poverty and public policy in urban America, and workforce diversity issues. With support from the Russell Sage Foundation, he is researching the economic impact of Sept. 11 on U.S. metropolitan communities.
Dr. Johnson's research focuses on the causes and consequences of growing inequality in American society,
particularly as it affects socially and economically disadvantaged youth; entrepreneurial approaches to poverty alleviation, job creation, and community development; interethnic minority conflict in advanced
industrial societies; and business demography and workforce diversity issues. Fast Company profiled Dr. Johnson and his work in "Hopes and Dreams."
He has published more than 100 scholarly research articles and three research monographs and has co-edited four theme issues of scholarly journals on these and related topics. His latest book is "Prismatic Metropolis: Inequality in Los Angeles".
He received his PhD from Michigan State University, his MS from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and his BS from North Carolina Central University.