It started with a simple request: What data has been collected about poverty in Richmond?
It was 2005, and John Moeser, fresh in his role as a senior fellow at the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, wasn’t entirely equipped to answer. It wasn't the subject matter — he had spent decades researching and studying and teaching about race, power, and politics. Rather, he knew that a few numbers scribbled down on a piece of paper or listed in an email didn't have the depth and nuance to explain the state of poverty in the city.
So he got to work.
After 12 years at the University of Richmond, John Moeser, a senior fellow with the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, is retiring. Through the lens of his Unpacking the Census project, this profile shows the breadth and depth of his research and teaching on race, power, and politics in the city of Richmond.