James Rhodes, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology

Dr. James Rhodes is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at Hiram College. He teaches core and elective courses in Sociology and leads the senior capstone course.


  • Ph.D., University of Manchester
  • M.A., University of Manchester
  • B.A., University of Manchester

Research Interests

His teaching and research interests are in the areas of race and ethnicity, urban studies, social inequalities, and deindustrialization. He has a particular fascination in how these issues play out in what are termed ‘Rust Belt’ or legacy cities.

Selected Publications

Rhodes, J. and Hall, N.A. (2020) ‘Racism, nationalism and the politics of resentment in contemporary England’, in J. Solomos (ed.) The Routledge International Handbook of Contemporary Racisms, London: Routledge.

Shankley, W. and Rhodes, J. (2020) ‘Racisms in contemporary Britain’, in B. Byrne, C. Alexander, O. Khan, J. Nazroo, and W. Shankley (eds.) Ethnicity, Race and Inequality in the UK: State of the Nation, Bristol: Policy Press.

Nazroo, J., Bhui, K., and Rhodes, J. (2020) ‘Where next for understanding race/ethnic inequalities in severe mental illness? Structural, interpersonal and institutional racism’, Sociology of Health and Illness, 42(2): 262-276.

Rhodes, J. (2019) ‘Rust Belt Chic: Deindustrialization, place and urban authenticity’, Journal of Urban Cultural Studies, 6(2).

Rhodes, J. (2019) ‘Revitalizing the neighborhood: The practices and politics of rightsizing in Idora, Youngstown.’ Urban Geography, 40(2): 215-236.

Fun Facts

Outside of academic work, he is a big fan of soccer (especially Manchester City), boxing and music.