William Julius Wilson

Sociologist, Organization leader

1935 –

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Who is William Julius Wilson?

William Julius Wilson is an American sociologist. He taught at the University of Chicago from 1972 to 1996 before moving to Harvard University.

Wilson is Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University. He is one of 24 University Professors, the highest professional distinction for a Harvard faculty member. After receiving a Ph.D. from Washington State University in 1966, Wilson taught sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, before joining the University of Chicago faculty in 1972. In 1990 he was appointed the Lucy Flower University Professor and director of the University of Chicago's Center for the Study of Urban Inequality. He joined the faculty at Harvard in July 1996. He is affiliated with the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Wilson was an original board member of the progressive Century Institute, and a current board member at Philadelphia-based Public/Private Ventures.

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Born
Dec 20, 1935
Pennsylvania
Also known as
  • William J. Wilson
Parents
Spouses
Children
Ethnicity
  • African American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Bachelor of Arts, Wilberforce University
    Sociology
    ( - 1958)
  • PhD, Washington State University
    Sociology
    ( - 1966)
  • Master of Arts, Bowling Green State University
    Sociology
    ( - 1961)
Employment
  • University of Chicago
  • Harvard University

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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