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Louise Jezierski

Louise  Jezierski
  • Associate Professor
  • Director of the IIT Fellows Program
  • Faculty
  • Case Hall Room N358
  • 842 Chestnut Rd
  • East Lansing, MI 48825
  • 517-353-2967


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley; Sociology
Associate Professor & Director of the IIT Fellows Program

Dr. Louise A. Jezierski  is an Associate Professor of Social Relations and Policy and Comparative Cultures and Politics at James Madison College, Michigan State University.  Her research includes revitalization of declining cities, especially the cities of Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland, local and regional economic and community development, race relations and social inequality. Some recent projects include community building in Lansing, MI, Soccer and Community Building in Detroit, MI, “Race/Socioeconomic Area Characteristics & Cancer – Detroit” funded by the National Cancer Institute, The Effect of State Legislation on Sub-Prime Lending, Michigan’s Latino Communities, and funding from US Department of Housing and Urban Development and the National Hispanic Housing Council for a study on Hispanic housing access in El Paso Texas. She was a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA’s Institute of American Cultures in 1992 at the Chicano Studies Research Center. She teaches, Social Theory, Metropolitan Societies – a course on Detroit, Global Cities and Urbanism, Social Policy, Social Movements, and American Middle Class Politics and Policy. She was an MSU Lilly Teaching Fellow in 2000-2001. She received the MSU Alumni Club of Mid-Michigan Quality in Undergraduate Teaching Awards in recognition of outstanding undergraduate teaching, Michigan State University all-university award (2010). She also received an MSU Curricular Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Award (2010). Prof. Jezierski is a Board Member of MSU’s Center for Community and Economic Development and served as Managing Editor of the Journal of Urban Affairs (2009-2014). She received her BA at Boston University in Sociology and Geography and her MA and PhD in Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley.


Louise Jezierski appeared on the radio program “What is Your Ideal America?” on WDET. She talked about the rising anxiety of Americans and their sustained optimism over the promise of opportunity. She discusses the declining chances for upward mobility, the debate over the size of government, and the promise of the Declaration of Independence for liberty and equality. The show also featured Marc Kruman, Prof. of History at Wayne State University. The show's production was also aided by SRP student, Veronica Walrad, who is doing her field experience at WDET. https://soundcloud.com/wdet/what-is-your-ideal-america-detroit-today

Colleen Tremonte and Louise Jezierski, and past IIT Fellow Samantha Noll (doctoral student in the MSU Department of Philosophy) presented at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference in October, 2013. Their panel, "Disciplinary 'Toolboxes', Interdisciplinary Teaching and Collaborative Inquiry," reported on their current research on the efficacy of integrating disciplinary methods for advancing critical thinking skills in interdisciplinary teaching and classroom practice.

Louise Jezierski presented the paper "Local Cultures and Regional Cultures: A Comparative Understanding of Niche Markets and Identities in the Global Economy" in Salvador, Brazil in July 2009 at a conference sponsored by the Federal University of Bahia.

Bryan Ritchie, Ross Emmett and Louise Jezierski are conducted a special research seminar that focuses on identifying the key public policy option that will help improve Michigan’s economic future. The seminar involved twelve hand-picked students that have an interest in studying the public policy of economic development.  That class first researched the economic public policies of eight U.S. states and four international countries. Students then compared the public policies of these regions in order to determine what is working to foster demand for high tech, high paying jobs and what is not. Next, students will compare their findings to the decisions being made in Michigan. Finally, they prepared new policy proposals that will be presented to the MSU Board of Regents, the State of Michigan, and to private economic actors.