John Moeser
Senior Fellow, UR Downtown

After retiring in 2005 from Virginia Commonwealth University as professor of Urban Studies and Planning, John was invited that same year to become Senior Fellow in the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement at UR. His academic pursuits have focused on racial segregation, politics, and political power in Richmond during the 20th century. His most recent studies involve the study of U.S. Census data to track poverty trends in Central Virginia. The studies have contributed to the creation of the Mayor's Anti-Poverty Commission and to the work now underway to reduce poverty in Virginia's capital city.

Community Service

My work in the community has included board memberships in Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humaity, HOME (Housing Opportunities Made Equal), James River Association, The Scenic Falls of the James Advisory Committee, Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, Metro TEEN (a youth summer employment program sponsored by the YMCA), Hope in the Cities, Human Relations Commission of the City of Richmond, Mayor's Anti-Poverty Commission, City Council Charter Review Commission, Urban Policy Advisory Committee for Governor Mark Warner, and the Virginia Supreme Court's Access to Justice Planning Committee.

Selected Publications

The Politics of Annexation

The Separate City, Black Communities in the Urban South
A Virginia Profile, a reader that explores the geography, politics, and history of Virginia

Q&A with John Moeser

What is your favorite/most meaningful book or film?

Movie: A River Runs Through It. Book: The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.

Where are you originally from?

Lubbock, Texas

What is your favorite restaurant or coffee shop in Richmond?

Casa del Barco.

What is your favorite place or thing to do in Richmond?

Hiking the James River trails.

What does civic engagement mean to you?

Participating in community life and not just studying it.

B.A., Texas Tech University
Political Science
M.A., University of Colorado
Political Science
Ph.D., George Washington University
Political Science
Contact Information
(804) 955-4010