Paul Draus

Paul Draus is a Professor of Sociology in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, where he has taught since 2005.  From 1992 until 2000, Dr. Draus was a public health field worker in New York City and Chicago, and he earned his Ph.D. from Loyola University Chicago.  He is the author of Consumed in the City: Observing Tuberculosis at Century's End (2004), and he has published more than twenty articles and book chapters on topics ranging from substance abuse and street sex work to urban agriculture and prison education. His most recent research focuses on neighborhood landscape change in Detroit, and he is especially interested in the benefits of expanding green space and access to wild natural spaces in post-industrial cities.  Dr. Draus has been the facilitator of the Fort-Rouge Gateway (FRoG) Partnership since late 2012 and joined the FOTR board in 2018.  The FRoG vision celebrates the vitality of the Rouge River as a natural, economic and cultural resource for our entire region.