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"Work, Wages, and Well-Being in 21st Century America" Lecture

Loyola press release - August 23, 2005

As part of Loyola University New Orleans’ Freshman Year Experience, James D. Wright will give a lecture titled “Work, Wages, and Well-Being in 21st Century America,” on Wednesday, September 7, 2005 in Nunemaker Auditorium, on the 2nd floor of Monroe Hall. The lecture will examine the American job market, the working poor, and compare U.S. performance in poverty reduction with the rest of the advanced societies.

Wright is the Provost Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Central Florida, and director of the UCF Institute for Social and Behavioral Sciences. He has served as editor-in-chief of the journal Social Science Research since 1978 and currently sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Homicide Studies, the Journal of Long-Term Health Care, and Rural America: A Journal of Research and Policy Analysis.

He has published extensively on topics ranging from guns, poverty, homelessness, drug abuse, to research methods and the NASCAR Winston Cup. He has published 17 books, authored or co-authored more than 250 journal articles, book chapters, essays, reviews, and polemics.

His current research is on the “divorce reform” movement, housing as an element of social stratification, homelessness, urban poverty and inequality, and violence. His work has been recognized and awarded by Foreword Magazine, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the National Press Club, the American Sociological Association (ASA), and the American Society of Criminology.

Wright serves on the Board of Directors for the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, the Mayor of Orlando Working Committee on Homelessness, and the Mental Health Juvenile Justice Task Force. He is also an active member of the ASA and the Southern Sociological Society.

Wright earned a bachelor of arts from Purdue University, and a master of arts degree and doctorate from the University of Wisconsin.

For additional information, please contact Associate Dean of Arts & Sciences Laurie Joyner, Ph.D., at 504-865-3049, or ljoyner@loyno.edu.