Biography and Education
From 1992 until 2000, Dr. Draus was a public health field worker, specializing in tuberculosis control, first in New York City and then in Chicago. He earned his PhD from Loyola University Chicago in 2001, and he is the author of Consumed in the City: Observing Tuberculosis at Century’s End (Temple University Press, 2004). He regularly teaches Medical Sociology, Urban Sociology, and Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program courses.
Dr. Draus has published numerous articles on health behaviors and social contexts related to substance abuse, from crack cocaine in small towns in Ohio to heroin in the city of Detroit. Along with Dr. Juliette Roddy, he conducted a two-year study of social networks, daily routines and income generation strategies of former street sex workers in Detroit. His most recent research focuses on the relationship between neighborhood landscape change and marginalized populations in Detroit. Dr. Draus is now working on projects related green space and quality of life in Detroit and Berlin, and the expansion of restorative justice programs in prison and reentry settings.
Dr. Draus has been the facilitator of the Fort-Rouge Gateway (FRoG) Partnership since late 2012. This effort has resulted in the development of the Fort Street Bridge Park, which officially opened in late 2020. The FRoG vision celebrates the vitality of the Rouge River and its environs as a natural, economic and resource for our entire region.
In his spare time, Dr. Draus enjoys drawing, playing soccer, sampling a wide variety of foods and beverages, trying to grow moss and mushrooms, and traveling to wild and forlorn parts of the earth (including alleys, vacant lots, and his own backyard).
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