Dr. James H. Johnson, Jr.
William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship and Director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. James H. Johnson, Jr. presented the keynote address at the 2009 ACICS Annual Meeting & Leadership Conference. His presentation, “People on the Move: Implications for Career Education and the Nation’s Workforce,” provided an important perspective on the powerful demographic shifts shaping attendance at post-secondary institutions, and the trained workforce that will be available to contribute to America’s economic recovery.
Dr. Johnson is the William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of entrepreneurship and director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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.
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 Ph.D. from Michigan State University, his M.S. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and his B.S. from North Carolina Central University.