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Top urban scholar named Yale professor


Elijah Anderson, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and one of the nation’s most influential scholars in the field of urban inequality, will become professor of sociology at Yale University on July 1, university officials said Wednesday.

“Professor Anderson is the most respected and accomplished sociologist of the black urban community,” said Yale Provost Andrew D. Hamilton. “We are thrilled that the leading expert in an area of such social and political importance will be conducting his research and teaching at Yale.”

Anderson was the author of the classic work “A Place on the Corner: A Study of Black Street Corner Men.”

Anderson has won numerous awards and written and edited numerous articles, books, book chapters and reports on the black experience, including the introduction to the republication of “The Philadelphia Negro,” by W.E.B. DuBois in 1996.

Last year, he held a conference at Penn that brought together scholars from around the country to examine the plight of young black males living in urban poverty and consider ways to break the cycle that leads to their alienation and the deepening of the nation’s racial divide.

He has served as a consultant to the White House, the United States Congress, the National Academy of Science and the National Science Foundation.

At Yale he will teach urban ethnography; field methods of social research; deviant behavior and social control; urban inequality, managing diversity in the workplace and other topics.

– Associated Press

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