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James D. Wright is an author, educator, and the Provost’s Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Central Florida.  Wright also serves as the Director of the UCF Institute for Social and Behavioral Sciences, as editor-in-chief of the journal Social Science Research, and as editor-in-chief of the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, forthcoming in 2015 from Elsevier.  He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 1973 and taught at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Tulane University before coming to UCF in 2001.  He has published twenty-one books and more than 300 journal articles, book chapters, essays, reviews, and polemics on topics ranging from poverty to homelessness to guns in America to NASCAR to survey and evaluation research methods. His latest book is Poor and Homeless in the Sunshine State: Down and Out in Theme Park Nation (written with Amy M. Donley).

In addition to his University duties, Wright is an active member of the Orlando community.  He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, the Homeless Services Network, the HOPE Helps Foundation in Oviedo, and several others.  He is also a frequent consultant to the Heart of Florida United Way and Second Harvest Food Bank.  Nationally, he sits on the Board of Directors of the Horowitz Foundation for Public Policy and is an active member of the American Sociological Association and the Southern Sociological Society.  Internationally, he serves as the Subject Chair for the Social Sciences to Scopus, Elsevier’s journal indexing, abstracting and citation service.  He teaches mostly graduate level courses at UCF, including Program Design and Evaluation; Survey Design; Poverty and Homelessness; and Urban Sociology.

Research Interests:

Applied and Evaluation Methods
Survey Methods