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Kevin Fox Gotham
Professor of Sociology
Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, Grants, and Research
Director, Urban Studies Program
220C Newcomb Hall


Ph.D., Sociology, University of Kansas, 1997
M.A., Sociology, University of Kansas, 1992
B.A., Sociology, University of Kansas, 1990


Kevin Fox Gotham is associate dean of graduate programs, grants, and research in the School of Liberal Arts.  He also holds an appointment as Professor of Sociology.  From 2006-2008 he served as a Program Director for the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the Sociology, Political Science, and Law and Social Science (LSS) Programs.

Professor Gotham is an internationally known expert on real estate and housing policy, political economy of tourism, post-disaster recovery and rebuilding, and forensic criminology.  An author of four books and over 100 articles and book chapters, he has published on such diverse topics as real estate and housing policy, urban redevelopment, the impact of tourism on urban culture, the racialization of space, environmental risk perception, and disaster recovery policy.  See the attached document for more information on his research interests.   

Professor Gotham’s research has been supported by more than $2 million in external grants and has been cited in the top journals in sociology, geography, urban studies, and political science. He has received grants from the National Science Foundation and the Louisiana Board of Regents.  His publications have appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Social Problems, Urban Studies, Housing Policy Debate, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR), City and Community, and Ecology and Society, among other prestigious journals.    


His first book, an edited volume titled Critical Perspectives on Urban Redevelopment (Elsevier Press, 2001) examines the impact of city revitalization efforts and pro-growth strategies on metropolitan development and neighborhood socio-economic stability.

His second book, Race, Real Estate, and Uneven Development: The Kansas City Experience, 1900-2010, (SUNY Press, first edition released in 2002, second edition released in 2014) explores the interlocking nature of racial discrimination and class factors in the origin and development of racial residential segregation.  Drawing on two dozen interviews and analyses of demographic trends, the book emphasizes the importance of analyzing housing as a system of social stratification and provides a novel account of the history of the real estate industry and federal housing policy in racialization of space. 

His third book, Authentic New Orleans: Race, Culture, and Tourism in the Big Easy (New York University (NYU) Press, 2007) illuminates the interlocking nature of conflicts over race, culture, and authenticity in New Orleans and traced historically how tourism practices have displayed and articulated these conflicts.  This book received Honorable Mention for the Robert Park Outstanding Book Award, Community and Urban Sociology Section (CUSS) of the American Sociological Association (ASA). 

His fourth book, Crisis Cities: Disaster and Redevelopment in New York and New Orleans (Oxford University Press, 2014) (co-authored with Miriam Greenberg), compares and contrasts the post-disaster recovery and rebuilding process in New York after the 9/11 disaster and in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. 

He is currently completing a book titled Practicing Forensic Criminology co-authored with Daniel B. Kennedy (professor emeritus, University of Detroit Mercy) that draws on examples from actual court cases and expert witness reports and testimony to demonstrate the different uses of criminological theories, methodologies, data analytic techniques in the applied setting of civil law and the courts.



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