John B. Strait is a Professor of Geography at Sam Houston State University in Houston, Texas  (U.S.A.), where he serves as the Assistant Chair and Geography Program Coordinator in the Department of Environmental and Geosciences. He is a long term collaborator and supporter of the ESI and serves as an Associate Editor for the Environmental Science Journal (ESJ).

Dr. Strait is a broadly trained human geographer specializing in sociocultural, urban, and ethnic geographies. His main research and teaching interests lie at the intersections of racial and ethnic identities, urban residential dynamics, diaspora studies and the geographic dimensions of social movements and the ways they manifest via music, visual arts, urban street art, and  religion. He regularly directs field courses and workshops, both international and intranational in
scope, that incorporate these various subject matter, particularly as they pertain to the U.S. South, the Mississippi Delta, Hawaii, Cuba, Spain and Brazil.

His list of publications include papers embracing the aforementioned topics, but also include research focused on pedagogical modules that incorporate field experiences, as well as collaborations with artistic projects that have been exhibited in the U.S., China, Japan, Brazil,  and Morocco.