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Cudjoe, Joe (PhD)

Associate Professor
Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Office: MH 0179
Phone: 239-590-7160

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Ph.D. Urban and Regional Planning. The Florida State University,
Interdisciplinary focus in Sociology, Planning, and Economics

M.S.P. Urban and Regional Planning. The Florida State University, 
Areas of Specialization: Planning for Developing Areas, Environmental Planning, and Conflict Resolution

B.A. University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana. 
Combined Honors in Sociology, Economics and Philosophy.

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Electronic waste dumping and impacts on global health, education, human trafficking, and global security
  • Immigration issues related to underserved communities (e.g. migrant farm worker concerns)
  • African-American female incarceration and its impacts
  • Housing affordability
  • Resource depletion (e.g. tropical deforestation) in developing countries
  • Global homelessness
  • AIDS and the African Social Security System
  • Micro-financing
  • Sustainable community and global development
  • Human Trafficking

Courses Offered

  • Research Methods
  • Global Population
  • Social Problems
  • Community Development
  • COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) with the Sociology Department, University of Ghana
  • Gentrification, NIMBY and Affordable Housing
  • Urban Sociology

I am passionate about redressing structural problems that confront underserved communities at the local and global levels.  This passion is reflected in all aspects of my academic and career endeavors.  While recognizing the importance of local issues, I place this understanding within a global interdisciplinary context. The diversity and interconnectedness of the world demand a deliberately multi-pronged approach to grappling with the problems around us. In addition to having worked on a number of grant-funded projects, I have been instrumental in the establishment and development of a number of community-based centers that attempt to create more sustainable communities in the Southwest Florida area and beyond, including the African Caribbean American Center (AFCAAM), The Community Action Council, and the Community Ambassadors for Today and Tomorrow (CATT).