Dr. Jason Rhodes is an urban geographer whose research focuses upon the impact of spatial strategies of social exclusion formulated in the pursuit of property values, and their impact upon the shaping of the urban landscape of Atlanta. His recent work has focused upon the "value logic" behind Atlanta's 1922 zoning map, which created residential zones for the city's neighborhoods on the basis of race and class, and the 1938 Home Owners Loan Corporation's residential "security map" of the city, which deemed Atlanta neighborhoods comprised exclusively of white homeowners to be suitable for the disbursement of mortgage loans, while labelling those neighborhoods in which renters and non-whites resided as "high risk." His research has recently been featured in Atlanta Studies, and in the Volume 9, Number 1, 2016 issue of Human Geography. He is currently developing a "Historical Geography of Atlanta" course which will allow student work to be published on the ATL Maps website as part of an effort to make Atlanta-related scholarship accessible to both scholars and the broader Atlanta community. Interested students are encouraged to contact him.
Professor Rhodes is also interested in the human and environmental impact of everyday acts of consumption, and the potential for international collaboration between producers and consumers to raise awareness about urgent issues of human rights and environmental sustainability, and suggest new approaches to equitable, sustainable development in the 21st century. He recently received a grant from the journal Human Geography for the establishment of a collaboration between KSU students and students at Brac University in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in which students conduct video interviews with clothing consumers and producers to facilitate a dialogue between the two groups about the human and environmental impact of current methods of clothing production, and the potential for producers and consumers to work together in an effort to bring about constructive change. He is undertaking this project with students in his Fall 2017 Geography of Clothing (GEOG 4490) class and in his Spring 2018 World Regional Geography (GEOG 1130) course. Students interested in getting involved with campus-based projects to raise awareness about the human and environmental impact of the fashion industry, and promote sustainable alternatives to what has become known as "fast fashion" should get in touch with him.
Professor Rhodes is the faculty advisor to the student environmental organization EcoOwls, and the facilitator for Teaching For Social Justice, a faculty learning community here at KSU.