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Walter D Greason, PhD

Dean, Honors School

PhD, Temple University

BA, Villanova University

Phone: 732-571-5308


Web site: Walter Greason


Dr. Greason’s research focuses on the comparative, economic analysis of slavery, industrialization, and suburbanization. He serves as the Treasurer for the Society for American City and Regional Planning History. His groundbreaking book, Suburban Erasure: How the Suburbs Ended the Civil Rights Movement in New Jersey, won the Best Work of Non-Fiction award from the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance in 2014. More recently, the edited collection, The American Economy, (completed with Melissa Ziobro and William Gorman in 2016), shows the evolution of market strategies in both the public and private sectors between 1749 and 2013. This year, Dr. Greason was honored as an Institute Fellow by the National Endowment of the Humanities for his participation in the Space and Place in Africana Studies initiative at Purdue University.

His community activism has won a preservation grant for the Court Street School Education Community Center (in Freehold, New Jersey) from the New Jersey Historic Trust and 1772 Foundation for 2017 and contributed to the salvation of the T. Thomas Fortune House (in Red Bank, New Jersey) through a unique partnership with Roger Mumford Properties. Dr. Greason currently serves as the co-chair for the “Eminent Domain in the City” conference (with Dr. Karen Schmelzkopf) in February 2017.

Selected Works:


American EconomyThe American Economy





Suburban Erasure Suburban Erasure






Path to Freedom The Path to Freedom






Popular Press:

"Resurrecting Dr. King" in the May 8th edition of the Huffington Post (online newspaper)


Suburban Erasure

Engine of Creation