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James N. Maples is an associate professor of sociology at Eastern Kentucky University. He is also the director of EKU’s Division for Regional Economic Assessment and Modeling (DREAM).
His research examines the economic impact of outdoor recreation in rural transitional economies in Central Appalachia and beyond.
Dr. Maples grew up in East Tennessee in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. He received his PhD from The University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2012 with a focus in sociology and political economy.
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