Dr. Jayajit Chakraborty received his M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning (1993) and Ph.D. in Geography (1999) from the University of Iowa. He has published more than 50 articles/book chapters in prominent academic journals such as American Journal of Public Health, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Environment and Planning A, Health and Place, Risk Analysis, and The Professional Geographer. Dr. Chakraborty has received multiple awards from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) as a Principal Investigator and his research activities have also been funded by grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Association of American Geographers (AAG), and the Florida Department of Transportation. Additionally, he was commissioned by the EPA to co-author and present a report that served as the basis for discussion at the first national symposium on Strengthening Environmental Justice Research and Decision Making (2010). Dr. Chakraborty has served as the Chair of the AAG Awards Committee (2012-2014) and the Chair of the AAG Hazards Specialty group (2005-2007). He also served as the Chair of the Geography Division of the Department of Geography, Environment, and Planning (2011-2013) and the Associate Chair of the Department of Geography at USF (2009-2011).
Dr. Chakraborty’s research interests are located at the intersection of hazards geography, health geography, and urban geography, and encompass a wide range of environmental and social justice concerns. Specific topics include: environmental justice, environmental health, climate justice, air pollution, racial/ethnic disparities, urban environmental change, and vulnerability to natural and technological hazards. He is particularly interested in applications of GIScience and spatial statistical techniques.