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Kevin Fox Gotham Professor Department of Sociology Tulane University

Kevin Fox Gotham

Professor of Sociology
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 has research interests in 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. 

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.   

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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