Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Memphis
Dr. Wesley James previously served as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Social Science Research Center at Mississippi State University. He has been active in research projects supported by federal and state agencies, including the American Trucking Association, Delta Health Alliance, Mississippi Department of Transportation, and Mississippi Alcohol Transportation Education Program. Responsibilities on these projects include mapping data using GIS software, data management and analysis, and producing manuscripts for publication. Dr. James has prior research experience analyzing prescription drug data to assess healthy and unhealthy places in the United States, serving as project manager for the Mississippi Crash Data project funded by the Mississippi Department of Transportation, and analyzing various data sources to assess the long-term care needs of people with multiple sclerosis. His current research agenda focuses on health disparities at the individual and contextual levels. At the individual level, Dr. James is exploring age, period and cohort differences in the education and health relationship. In collaboration with colleagues at the SSRC, he was involved in work uncovering a non-metropolitan mortality penalty in the United States. Dr. James has published in many peer reviewed journals including American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Health & Human Services Administration, Journal of Rural Health, Population Research & Policy Review, The International Journal of Health Geographics, and “WorldMinds: Geographical Perspectives on 100 Problems.” Dr. James now works as Associate Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of Graduate Studies at the University of Memphis.