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Jan Fritz

Title: Professor - School of Planning
Office: 6213 Daa Addition
Tel: 513-556-0208

Dr. Fritz is a Professor in the School of Planning (and affiliated with the Department of Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies and the Department of Sociology) at the University of Cincinnati as well as a Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg.  She was the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Human Rights and International Studies at the Danish Institute of Human Rights in Copenhagen, Denmark and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

She received the DAAP College Award (University of Cincinnati) for Outstanding Research and Creative Work in 2008, the American Sociological Association’s Distinguished Career Award for the Practice of Sociology in 2010 and the Ohio Mediation Association’s Better World Award in 2011.

She is a past Vice-President for Finance of the International Sociological Association and represents the ISA to the United Nations.  She has organized ISA sessions at the parallel events connected with the meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. She was the president of ISA’s RC46 Clinical Sociology and a past vice president of RC26 Sociotechnics-Sociological Practice.  She now is a board member of both ISA groups and is the convener of the Cincinnati for CEDAW Community Coalition (CCCC).

She has written or edited more than 100 publications including the award-winning International Clinical Sociology  (Springer, 2008), “Special Education Mediation in the United States” (People with Health Limitations in Modern Society, 2010), “Women, Peace, Security and the National Action Plans (Journal of Applied Social Science, 2011), “Addressing Environmental Racism” (SOCIOIIPOCTIP, 2011), “Including Sociological Practice” in The Shape of Sociology for the 21st Century, 2012), “Practicing Sociology: Clinical Sociology and Human Rights” (Handbook of Sociology and Human Rights, 2012), Moving Toward a Just Peace: The Mediation Continuum (Springer, 2014) and (with Jacques Rhéaume) Community Intervention: Clinical Sociology Perspectives (Springer, 2014).


  • B.A., Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, 1964.
  • M.A. in Sociology, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1970.
  • Ph.D. in Sociology, American University, Washington, D.C., 1978.

Research Information

Research Interests

Social intervention/Clinical sociology Conflict Analysis and Intervention (particularly mediation, facilitation, coaching) Organizational Development Health Promotion Policy Analysis Cultural Competency Inequality/Justice Issues Qualitative Research

Research Support

  • (PI), Fritz, Jan, Service Learning and Organizational Theory, Corporation for National and Community Service. (97LHEIN015), $2,000.00. 11/01/1999 to 06/30/2000. Status: Closed.

Experience & Service

Work Experience

  • 1993 to Present, Professor, Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati, School of Planning and affiliated with the Department of Sociology and the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • 1993 to Present, Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Health Planning and Administration , University of Cincinnati, School of Planning and affiliated with the Department of Sociology and the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • 01-2014 to 12-2016, Visiting Professor, University of Johannesburg, Department of Sociology, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • 1989 to 1993, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, California State University, Department of Sociology, San Bernardino, California.
  • 1986 to 1989, National Cancer Institute Science Associate, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, NCI Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Washington, D.C..
  • Academic Director, Assistant Professor, The American University, School of Justice.
  • 01-1980 to 01-1981, Program Analyst, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.
  • 1975 to 1985, Assistant Professor, Instructor, Georgetown University, Department of Sociology.
  • Lecturer , The American University.
  • 01-1971 to 05-1971, Instructor , Dunbarton College, Washington, D.C. .
  • 1970 Instructor for the Summer Conference in Sociology for Secondary School Social Science Teachers,.
  • 09-1968 to 06-1970, Teaching Assistant, The American University, Washington, D.C..

Post Graduate training and Education

  • 06/17/2015, Supporting Survivors of Gender-Based Violence: Views from Abroad, Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • 05/26/2015 to 05/28/2015, Summer Online Writing Institute, Clermont College, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • 01/28/2015, Academy of Fellows of Teaching and Learning Teaching Showcase: Learning Beyond the Academy, University of Cincinnati.
  • 10/21/2014, Safe Zone 101 Training, University of Cincinnati.


  • Operation Santa Volunteer for Secret Santa for a low-income family, 2010 to 2014
  • Freestore Food Bank Volunteer; organized food donations, 2007 to 2014

Other Experience and Professional Memberships

  • International Sociological Association; Research Committee 08/ History of Sociology, Research Committee 26/ Sociotechnics and Sociological Practice, Research Committee 32/ Women in Society, Research Committee 46/ Clinical Sociology
  • Thematic Group3/Human Rights and Global Justice,
  • Association for Conflict Resolution; Sections:Education, Environment and Public Policy
  • International, Ombuds/Ombudsman, and workplace
  • American Sociological Association; Sections:Sociological Practice and Public Sociology
  • History of Sociology; Peace, War and Social Conflict; Human Rights; Disabilities; Sex and Gender
  • Women in International Security
  • Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology
  • Association for Humanist Sociology
  • The Ohio Mediation Association
  • The Mediation Council of Greater Cincinnati
  • American Planning Association
  • International Institute of Sociology
  • South African Sociological Association
  • National Women Studies Association
  • Charity and Security Network

Additional Information

Polish -  studied 1972-73, 1974-76
Swedish - studied 1971-72
French -  studied 1956-59, 1969 (graduate examination in French as a tool of research)
Spanish - studied 1962-64
Italian - studied 1995-96

Master of Community Planning


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for the Master of Community
Planning Program

Joint Degrees

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through the School of Planning

International programs

US Peace Corps

Study Abroad