Van Holm

Eric Joseph Van Holm

PhD Candidate in Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia State University
Chapter Member: Georgia SSN
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Van Holm’s research focuses on economic and community development. His dissertation studies minor league baseball stadiums as an urban revitalization strategy with particular concern for the uneven impacts of redevelopment efforts.


Does Starting New Football Programs Help Universities?

  • Sandy Zook

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"Syrians in Turkey are Saying No to International Aid," Eric Joseph Van Holm, Muftah, July 1, 2015.


"Leisure Choices of the Creative Class" Cities 41 (2014): 38-43.

Challenges Richard Florida’s argument that the Creative Class has unique tastes in their recreation activities by discussing how they are generally similar to workers of other classes.

"Left on Base: Minor League Baseball Stadiums and Gentrification" Urban Affairs Review (forthcoming).

Argues that minor league baseball stadiums, despite being orders of magnitude smaller in cost than major league facilities, have generated urban redevelopment in the communities surrounding them.

"Makerspaces and Contributions to Entrepreneurship" Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences 195 (2015): 24-31.

Discusses how the maker movement is a recent development encouraging individuals to learn and utilize machines as recreation activities. Argues that the democratization of access to tools should have an effect on entrepreneurship among the public.

"The Creative Classes’ Greatest Failure" ." Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events 7, no. 2 (2015): 204-207.

Argues that while much focus has been paid to the methodological shortcomings of Richard Florida’s Creative Class Theory, there is an even greater failing in considerations of equity and social justice inherent in cities attempts to attract the creative class.

"Returns for a Touchdown? Universities Entering College Football," (with Sandy Zook), Southern Economic Association (SEA), September 2014.

Discusses how since 2004, 24 universities have started college football teams throughout all levels of the NAIA and NCAA. Argues that while there may be reward for athletic success, starting a football team does not pay immediate academic dividends.