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Paul J. Draus

Professor of Sociology, UM-Dearborn

Poverty is an underlying factor driving health, substance use and incarceration in urban environments.  Dr. Draus’ research has evolved significantly since he completed his PhD in 2001, but a fundamental concern with both poverty’s root causes and its reinforcing social and geographic mechanisms defines his work.  In his career he has moved from an ethnographic and narrative approach to inequality and tuberculosis in late-twentieth century Chicago (Draus 2001, 2004), to a fairly specific focus on substance abuse in rural Ohio (Draus and Carlson 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009), to a more expansive interest in the social and community-level factors that shape substance use behaviors in the postindustrial setting of Detroit (Draus 2009; Draus, Roddy and Greenwald 2010a, 2010b, 2012). Draus’ publications since 2012 reflect a growing range of scholarly interests, from recovery processes to prison pedagogy and urban landscape change (Draus and Lempert 2013; Draus, Roddy and McDuffie 2013; Draus and Roddy 2014, 2016; Draus, Roddy and Asabigi 2014, 2015, 2016).  Dr. Draus continues to actively conduct research related to substance use and misuse, although his most recent research endeavors are focused on two broad but overlapping streams of urban environments and restorative justice.

Ph.D. Loyola University; M.A. University of Wyoming; B.A. Loyola University