James H. Johnson, Jr., Ph.D.
Director, Urban Investment Strategies Center
Areas of Expertise:
Economic development •
Emerging markets •
Labor issues •
Off shoring •
Political economy •
James H. Johnson, Jr. is the William Rand Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and directs the Urban Investment Strategies Center.
Johnson's center focuses on innovative approaches to revitalizing urban areas and on teaching government, community, and nonprofit leaders and managers to become more entrepreneurial and business-like in their operations and service delivery.
Johnson is an expert on community and economic development, the effects of demographic changes on the U.S. workplace, interethnic minority conflict in advanced industrial societies, urban poverty, public policy in urban America, and workforce diversity issues.
He is widely quoted in national media and appears on national network news programs. Fast Company magazine named Johnson one of the "17…brightest thinkers and doers in the new world of work."
Johnson spent twelve years on the faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles, before coming to UNC-Chapel Hill. He received a bachelor's degree from North Carolina Central University, master's degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and Ph.D. from Michigan State University.