Associate Professor and Chair
Ph.D., Temple University
B.A., Villanova University
Walter Greason is among the most prominent historians, educators, and urbanists in the United States. He has spent the past 30 years speaking to audiences in dozens of states, on over 100 college and high school campuses, at dozens of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups across the country. His work is available every day on Twitter, @worldprofessor.
He has also lectured internationally, in the United Kingdom, Canada, and New Zealand, and has trained corporate, government, entertainment, media, law enforcement, military, and medical industry professionals on strategies for dismantling racism in their institutions. Dr. Greason has provided anti-racism training to educators and administrators nationwide.
Dr. Greason is the author of six books, including his two latest, Industrial Segregation and Cities Imagined: The African Diaspora in Media and History (both Kendall-Hunt Publishers). Other books include Suburban Erasure: How Suburbanization Ended the Civil Rights Movement in New Jersey (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press); The Path to Freedom: Black Families in New Jersey (The History Press); The Land Speaks (Oxford University Press), The Encyclopedia of Black Comics (Fulcrum); The American Economy (Kendall-Hunt Publishers); and Planning Future Cities (Kendall-Hunt Publishers).
Named one of “Today’s Black History Makers” by The Philadelphia Daily News, Dr. Greason has written more than one hundred additional academic articles and essays. His work has appeared on Huffington Post, National Public Radio, and The Atlantic among other popular, professional and scholarly journals.
From 2007-2012, Dr. Greason was an advisor to Building One America, the coalition that designed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (2009). He also serves as the President of the T. Thomas Fortune Foundation, an organization that saved the National Historic Landmark dedicated to the leading, militant journalist of the nineteenth century and advances his legacy today.
Dr. Greason’s digital humanities projects, “The Wakanda Syllabus” and “The Racial Violence Syllabus”, produced global responses in the last three years. In the wake of the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, “The Racial Violence Syllabus” attracted over 4 million individual uses, was translated into seven languages, and inspired projects like the Oscar-winning film “BlackKklansman.” The 2016 “Wakanda Syllabus” defined Afrofuturism as one of the core themes of media convergence and was a crucial element in the public acclaim that supported Marvel Studios’ Oscar-winning feature film, “Black Panther.”
Dr. Greason currently writes about the racial wealth gap and the patterns of economic globalization. He graduated from Villanova University in 1995 before completing his doctoral research on suburbanization at Temple University in 2004. His social justice work began with training by Otty Nxumalo, Director-General of KwaZulu-Natal under Nelson Mandela, and has continued through projects with Maya Angelou, Cornel West, Toni Morrison, Desmond Tutu, Sonia Sanchez, Amiri Baraka, Robin D.G. Kelley, Farah Jasmine Griffin, Ken Bain, Dwayne McDuffie, Christopher Priest, Ruha Benjamin, John Jennings, David Blight, James Oliver Horton, Angel David Nieves, and Kim Gallon.