Peter Hammer, PhD, JD

Wayne State University Law School; Director, Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights; Professor of Law; A. Alfred Taubman Endowed Chair

Dr. Peter Hammer is the Director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights and a Professor of Law at Wayne State University Law School. He received both his J.D. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan. Over the course of his careeer, he has become one of the leading voices on the economic and social issues impacting the city of Detroit. By employing the lens of structural racism, he helped found and oversee the Detroit Equity Action Lab (DEAL), a collaborative of individuals and organizations working for racial equity in Metro Detroit. In addition, he has expertise in the fields of domestic health law and policy, as well as international public health and economic development. Dr. Hammer was a founding board member and past president of Legal Aid of Cambodia, an organization providing free legal services to Cambodia's poor, and he currently serves on several local and international boards.

Current Research Interests Include:

• Structural-spatial racism
• Equitable development
• Population health law and policy
• Affordable housing
• Diversity and inclusion
• Human rights, law and development in Cambodia
• International economic growth and development

Website | Email | Phone: 313-577-0830

Research Areas: Racism, Equitable Development, Housing, Diversity & Inclusion, Economic Development,

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