UNC Program for Public Discourse
Teaching Assistant Professor
Department of Geography
Jon Lepofsky is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at UNC. He earned his BA in Metropolitan Studies from New York University and his PhD in Geography at UNC, along with a Graduate Certificate in Cultural Studies. His empirical and theoretical work on urban economic geography and community development has been published in a range of journals, including Community Development Journal, Ethics, Place & Environment, Health & Place, Journal of Environmental Studies & Sciences, Urban Affairs Review, and Urban Studies. He has also authored entries for the Encyclopedia of Human Geography and the Encyclopedia of Geography. Such work has examined urban citizenship and the politics of community.
In addition to teaching at UNC, Jon has taught at Duke University, and, for over a decade, he taught at a Quaker P-12 school. While there, he established and taught interdisciplinary, service-based curricula across the humanities and social sciences. He also served in multiple administrative roles, including as the lead for curriculum development, diversity, inclusion & equity, community relations, and restorative justice. He was also the founding Academic Director of the Duke Neuro Camp and has presented internationally on teaching neuroethics. His career as an educator began just after he graduated high school, when he helped found and taught at The City School in Boston, Massachusetts.