Walter D. Greason, Ph.D.
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.
Ph.D., Temple University
B.A., Villanova University
- The Land Speaks
- Encyclopedia of Black Comics
- Cities Imagined
- Industrial Segregation
- Planning Future Cities
- The American Economy
- Suburban Erasure
- The Path to Freedom
Frequently Taught Classes
Recently Taught Classes
2021 Summer E
2021 Summer D
- HO-496-GRE2 - Honors Thesis/Capstone Completion
- HO-396-GRE2 - Honors Thesis/Capstone Proposal
- PR-442-01 - Modern Images, Irrational Thought
2020 Summer E
- EDL-533-E50 - Community Relations
- EDD-706-E50 - Learning Through Experience: Individuals and Organizations
2019 Summer E
2019 Summer C
Student Film Explores Climate Gentrification Threat, History of Redlining in Asbury Park’s West Side
Jan 13, 2021
Adult Education Series Adds Seven New Virtual Courses for 2021
Dec 4, 2020
Professor Greason Presents on “Racism & Reconstruction in New Jersey” Nov. 18
Nov 11, 2020
Professor Greason: “We Must Do More to Honor the People and Places Lost to Violent Racism”
Nov 4, 2020
LISTEN: “Race and the U.S. Presidential Election of 2020” BADFU Podcast
Oct 28, 2020