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Dr. Elijah Anderson




Phillip Cuffey



Kathleen Kirkpatrick, Esq.


Dr. Carlton Payne


Jennifer Pokempner


Dr. Joseph Radelet



Jennie Sikes, Esq.


Colleen Williams


Dr. Jason Wingard




Elijah Anderson, Ph.D.


Elijah Anderson, Ph.D. is the William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Sociology at Yale University. An expert on the sociology of black America, he is the author of the classic sociological work, A Place on the Corner: A Study of Black Street Corner Men (1978) and numerous articles on the black experience, including "Of Old Heads and Young Boys: Notes on the Urban Black Experience" (1986), commissioned by the National Research Council's Committee on the Status of Black Americans, "Sex Codes and Family Life among Inner-City Youth" (1989), and "The Code of the Streets," which was the cover story in the May 1994 issue of The Atlantic Monthly.


For his ethnographic study Streetwise: Race, Class and Change in an Urban Community (1990), he was honored with the Robert E. Park Award, for the best published book in the area of Urban Sociology, of the American Sociological Association. Dr. Anderson authored the Introduction to the republication of The Philadelphia Negro by W.E.B. DuBois (1996), and his expanded version of the Atlantic piece, The Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City was published by W.W. Norton (1999). Professor Anderson has served as Visiting Professor at Swarthmore College, Yale University, and Princeton University. In addition, he has also won the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching at Penn and was named the Robin M. Williams, Jr., Distinguished Lecturer for 1999-2000 by the Eastern Sociological Association. Dr. Anderson is director of the Philadelphia Ethnography Project, associate editor of Qualitative Sociology, and other professional journals, a member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and Vice President of the American Sociological Association.


He was a member of the National Research Council's Panel on the Understanding and Control of Violent Behavior, which published its report in 1993. Other topics with which he concerns himself are the social psychology of organizations, field methods of social research, social interaction, and social organization. He received a B.A. degree from Indiana University, an M.A. degree from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. degree from Northwestern University, where he was a Ford Foundation Fellow. Professor Anderson is the past Vice President of the American Sociological Association.

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