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Department of Sociology William Julius Wilson Symposium

The William Julius Wilson Award for the Advancement of Social Justice

Washington State University created the William Julius Wilson Award for the Advancement of Social Justice in 2009 to honor individuals who promote social inclusiveness and diversity in social policies and strive to reduce joblessness.

The award is named after William Julius Wilson, who received his PhD in sociology from WSU in 1966. Professor Wilson is widely considered one of the nation’s most influential sociologists.

2017 Honoree Elijah Anderson

Elijah Anderson is among the foremost urban ethnographers in the U.S.
Public address: Wednesday, Nov. 8,
7:30 p.m., WSU Pullman
Elijah Anderson, sociologist, urban ethnographer, keynote speaker for WSU WJ WIlson Symposium

Elijah Anderson, one of the nation’s leading urban ethnographers and the William K. Lanman Jr. professor of sociology at Yale University, will be honored with the William Julius Wilson Award for the Advancement of Social Justice. He will address the public during the 2017 William Julius Wilson Symposium on Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m on the WSU Pullman campus.

Anderson’s publications include Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City (1999), winner of the Komarovsky Award from the Eastern Sociological Society; Streetwise: Race, Class, and Change in an Urban Community (1990), winner of the American Sociological Association’s Robert E. Park Award for the best published book in the area of Urban Sociology, and the classic sociological work, A Place on the Corner (1978; 2nd ed., 2003). Anderson’s most recent ethnographic work, The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life, was published by WW Norton in 2011. Professor Anderson is the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award of the American Sociological Association and the 2017 recipient of the Merit Award of the Eastern Sociological Society.

The title and location of his symposium address and award presentation will be announced soon. Please check back for updates.

Read about Dr. Anderson’s research on his website.

About
William Julius Wilson

william-julius-wilson_177x181WSU alumnus William Julius Wilson is the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University. A past president of the American Sociological Association, he has received 46 honorary degrees from institutions across the United States and abroad. A MacArthur Prize Fellow from 1987 to 1992, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Education, and the British Academy.

Wilson is also a recipient of the 1998 National Medal of Science, the highest scientific honor bestowed in the United States (and the second sociologist to received the honor). He was awarded the Talcott Parsons Prize in the Social Sciences by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2003); the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize by the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (2013); the Robert and Helen Lynd Award for Distinguished Career Achievement by the Community and Urban Section of the American Sociological Association (2013); and the WEB DuBois Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award, the highest award bestowed by the American Sociological Association (2014).

Professor Wilson is the author of numerous publications, including Power, Racism and Privilege: Race Relations in Theoretical and Sociohistorical Perspectives (1973, 1976); The Declining Significance of Race (1978, 1980, 2012), winner of the American Sociological Association’s Sydney Spivack Award; The Truly Disadvantaged (1987, 2012), selected by editors of The New York Times Book Review as one of the 16 best books of 1987, and recipient of The Washington Monthly Annual Book Award, the Society for the Study of Social Problems’ C. Wright Mills Award, and the American Political Science Association’s Aaron Wildavsky Enduring Contribution Award; When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor (1996), selected by The New York Times Book Review editors as a notable book of 1996 and recipient of the Sidney Hillman Foundation Award and the American Political Science Association’s Aaron Wildavsky Enduring Contribution Award; and The Bridge Over the Racial Divide: Rising Inequality and Coalition Politics (1999). He is coauthor of There Goes the Neighborhood: Racial, Ethnic, and Class Tensions in Four Chicago Neighborhoods and Their Meaning for America (2006) and Good Kids in Bad Neighborhoods: Successful Development in Social Context (2006); and author of More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City (2009).

He is a member of numerous national boards and commissions, and chaired the boards of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and the Russell Sage Foundation. Wilson also was a member of President Clinton’s Commission on White House Fellowships (1994-2001).

Download Professor Wilson’s autobiographical article “Reflections on a Sociological Career that Integrates Social Science with Social Policy” »