Dr. Fasenfest received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1984. His research interests center on urban sociology, race/class/gender, labor markets and workforce development, income inequality and community economic development.
During his 23 years as an Associate Professor at Wayne State University Dr Fasenfest has received several WSU internal grants and almost $5 million in external funding, has produced five edited volumes, written 29 refereed book chapters, 28 refereed journal articles, contributed 40 essays to academic journals and has written entries in academic Handbooks and Encyclopedia. For the past 20 years he has edited of the journal Critical Sociology (SAGE UK, Impact Factor of 1.883; 5-year Impact Factor of 2.682), in 2000 was the founding editor for the book series Studies in Critical Social Sciences (published by Brill NL, with 220 books in print and 53 manuscripts under contract) and in July 2019 became the founding co-editor (with Alfredo Saad Filho, King’s College London) of the series New Scholarship in Political Economy to promote innovative scholarship by new Ph.D.s and early career scholars (also published by Brill, with 14 books in print and 21 manuscripts under contract).
In addition to his general efforts to disseminate critical scholarship, for the past four years, he provides guidance and support to new Ph.Ds. and early career scholars through workshops on how to succeed in academic publishing given at institutes and universities in Japan, China, England and Germany.