John Lauermann is an Assistant Professor of Geography at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York.

He is an urban geographer who researches the impact of large scale construction projects or 'mega-projects' on urban development and land use. His areas of academic expertise include local economic development, urban sustainability, and GIS applications in urban planning. He is a mixed-methods researcher who integrates qualitative and geospatial analysis, usually in internationally comparative projects. 

He has a long-running project on cities' bids to host sport mega-events like the Olympics, and the urban impacts of failed and repeated Olympic bidding. Recent work includes a book on Failed Olympic Bids and the Transformation of Urban Space (2017, Palgrave Macmillan) and a long term field study of anti-Olympic politics in Boston and Hamburg, two cities that recently cancelled their bids for the Games in response to local protest movements (published in a number of venues, for instance the Journal of the American Planning Association).

John holds a PhD from the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University. Prior to joining CUNY, he held faculty positions at the Rhode Island School of Design and Texas A&M University.