Department of Sociology
University of Memphis
Clement Hall, Room 221
Memphis TN 38152
Phone: (901) 678-1631
Fax: (901) 678-2525
Wesley James currently serves as Assistant Professor of Sociology. He received his
Ph.D. from Mississippi State University in 2009.
Dr. James' primary research interests are medical sociology, demography, and rural
health. He has been involved in several state and federal supported research projects
exploring a variety of health-related issues. Currently, his research agenda is focused
in three areas: (1) rural-urban mortality disparities, (2) race and socioeconomic
disparities in exposure to environmental toxins, and (3) the relationship between
bullying and suicide in adolescents.
Dr. James sits on the Board of Directors at the Southern Demographic Association and
has been recognized with excellence in teaching as the 2013 recipient of the W. Russell
Smith Award, the highest teaching honor in the College of Arts and Sciences at The
University of Memphis. His research has been published in American Journal of Public Health, Population Research and Policy Review, Journal of Rural Health, International Journal
of Environmental Research and Public Health, Sociological Spectrum, and Journal of Maps.