James W. Hughes was named University Professor in 2017 by the Board of Governors of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. As University Professor, he reports solely to the chief academic officer (Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs) of Rutgers and has the university-wide privilege of conducting research and educational activities across the disciplines and schools of his choice. This prestigious position follows his 22-year tenure (1995-2017) as the dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers.
Much of the school’s success in both the public and private arenas were the result of the strong relationships developed by Dean Hughes not only with the state legislature, governor’s office, and congressional delegation, but also with the corporate leadership of the state. During his deanship, he was often considered the most quoted person at Rutgers in the media. To date, he has been cited/quoted more than 425 times in The New York Times.
Dean Hughes is a nationally recognized expert on the economy, demographics, housing markets, and real estate development. He is author or co-author of 35 books and monographs and more than 150 articles. Among his books are The Atlantic City Gamble, published by the Harvard University Press and three published by the Rutgers University Press: America’s Demographic Tapestry: Baselines for the New Millennium; New Jersey’s Postsuburban Economy; and New Brunswick, New Jersey: The Decline and Revitalization of Urban America. Two additional books are currently under contract with the Rutgers Press. Previously, he was a contributing editor to the magazine American Demographics for 14 years and had been both a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and a Ford Foundation Fellow.
Dr. Erickson consults on persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and our technology future.
His long and distinguished career has focused on POPs such as PCBs, and dioxins, where he is a sought-after expert on chemical analysis, environmental fate and transport, environmental sampling, data evaluation, human exposure, and chemical and physical properties.
Our technology future will form our individual and societal lives. Dr. Erickson focuses on technology trends that represent opportunities and threats to society, markets, and our homeland security. He shapes goals, methods and strategies for advancing technology programs. He develops strategies that will influence our technology future.
He has a chemistry background most famously as author of the best-selling book “Analytical Chemistry of PCBs.” He worked as a government contract researcher for 20 years, including 10 years at Argonne National Lab, then served 10 years as director of Environmental Measurements Lab (now NUSTL) and led the transition of the lab from DOE into DHS when DHS was created. For the past decade, he established and advanced the technology scouting and horizon scanning capabilities for DHS before retiring late 2018 with 22 years of Federal service.