William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship
James H. Johnson, Jr. is the William Rand Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Management, Sociology, and Public Policy and Director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center in the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His 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. 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, Prismatic Metropolis: Inequality in Los Angeles (with Lawrence Bobo, Melvin Oliver, and Abel Valenzuela), was published by the Russell Sage Foundation in October 2000. With support from the Russell Sage Foundation, he is currently researching the economic impact of 9/11 on U.S. metropolitan communities. Prior to joining the UNC faculty, he was Professor of Geography and Director of the Center for the Study of Urban Poverty at UCLA.