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William Julius Wilson

Sociologist & Harvard Professor

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 William Julius Wilson Biography

William Julius Wilson is Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University. He is one of only 19 University Professors, the highest professional distinction for a Harvard faculty member. After receiving the PhD from Washington State University in 1966, Wilson taught sociology at the University of Massachusetts at 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 of 1996.

Past President of the American Sociological Association, Wilson has received 42 honorary degrees, including honorary doctorates from Princeton, Columbia, the University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern, Johns Hopkins, Dartmouth, and the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. A MacArthur Prize Fellow from 1987 to 1992, Wilson has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Education, the American Philosophical Society, the Institute of Medicine, and the British Academy. In June 1996 he was selected by Time magazine as one of America's 25 Most Influential People. He is a recipient of the 1998 National Medal of Science, the highest scientific honor in the United States, and was awarded the Talcott Parsons Prize in the Social Sciences by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003.

Wilson is the author of numerous publications, including The Declining Significance of Race, winner of the American Sociological Association's Sydney Spivack Award; The Truly Disadvantaged, which was selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review as one of the 16 best books of 1987, and received The Washington Monthly Annual Book Award and the Society for the Study of Social Problems' C. Wright Mills Award; When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor, which was selected as one of the notable books of 1996 by the editors of The New York Times Book Review and received the Sidney Hillman Foundation Award; and The Bridge Over the Racial Divide: Rising Inequality and Coalition Politics. Most recently he co-authored There Goes the Neighborhood: Racial, Ethnic, and Class Tensions in Four Chicago Neighborhoods and Their Meaning for America, and Good Kids in Bad Neighborhoods: Successful Development in Social Context.

Other honors granted to Wilson include the Seidman Award in Political Economy (the first and only noneconomist to receive the award); the Golden Plate Achievement Award; the Distinguished Alumnus Award, Washington State University; the American Sociological Association's Dubois, Johnson, Frazier Award (for significant scholarship in the field of inter-group relations); the American Sociological Association's Award for Public Understanding of Sociology; Burton Gordon Feldman Award, Brandeis University ("for outstanding contributions in the field of public policy"); the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Award (granted by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Los Angeles); and the Aaron Wildavsky Enduring Contribution Award, for The Truly Disadvantaged and When Work Disappears, from the American Political Science Association.

Professor Wilson is a member of numerous national boards and commissions, and was previously the Chair of the Board of The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and of the Russell Sage Foundation.

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The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass, and Public Policy, Second Edition

The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass, and Public Policy, Second Edition

The Declining Significance of Race: Blacks and Changing American Institutions, Third Edition

The Declining Significance of Race: Blacks and Changing American Institutions, Third Edition

More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City (Issues of Our Time)

More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City (Issues of Our Time)

The Bridge over the Racial Divide: Rising Inequality and Coalition Politics (Wildavsky Forum Series)

The Bridge over the Racial Divide: Rising Inequality and Coalition Politics (Wildavsky Forum Series)

When Work Disappears : The World of the New Urban Poor

When Work Disappears : The World of the New Urban Poor

The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass, and Public Policy

The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass, and Public Policy

Speaking Topics
  • Roots of Racial Tensions: Urban Ethnic Neighborhoods

  • The Bridge Over the Racial Divide

  • Toward a Broader Vision of the Plight of the Inner-City Black Male

  • Rising Inequality at the Dawn of the New Millennium

  • From Racial Preference to Affirmative Opportunity

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William Julius Wilson

Sociologist & Harvard Professor

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William Julius Wilson Biography

William Julius Wilson is Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University. He is one of only 19 University Professors, the highest professional distinction for a Harvard faculty member. After receiving the PhD from Washington State University in 1966, Wilson taught sociology at the University of Massachusetts at 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 of 1996.

Past President of the American Sociological Association, Wilson has received 42 honorary degrees, including honorary doctorates from Princeton, Columbia, the University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern, Johns Hopkins, Dartmouth, and the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. A MacArthur Prize Fellow from 1987 to 1992, Wilson has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Education, the American Philosophical Society, the Institute of Medicine, and the British Academy. In June 1996 he was selected by Time magazine as one of America's 25 Most Influential People. He is a recipient of the 1998 National Medal of Science, the highest scientific honor in the United States, and was awarded the Talcott Parsons Prize in the Social Sciences by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003.

Wilson is the author of numerous publications, including The Declining Significance of Race, winner of the American Sociological Association's Sydney Spivack Award; The Truly Disadvantaged, which was selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review as one of the 16 best books of 1987, and received The Washington Monthly Annual Book Award and the Society for the Study of Social Problems' C. Wright Mills Award; When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor, which was selected as one of the notable books of 1996 by the editors of The New York Times Book Review and received the Sidney Hillman Foundation Award; and The Bridge Over the Racial Divide: Rising Inequality and Coalition Politics. Most recently he co-authored There Goes the Neighborhood: Racial, Ethnic, and Class Tensions in Four Chicago Neighborhoods and Their Meaning for America, and Good Kids in Bad Neighborhoods: Successful Development in Social Context.

Other honors granted to Wilson include the Seidman Award in Political Economy (the first and only noneconomist to receive the award); the Golden Plate Achievement Award; the Distinguished Alumnus Award, Washington State University; the American Sociological Association's Dubois, Johnson, Frazier Award (for significant scholarship in the field of inter-group relations); the American Sociological Association's Award for Public Understanding of Sociology; Burton Gordon Feldman Award, Brandeis University ("for outstanding contributions in the field of public policy"); the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Award (granted by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Los Angeles); and the Aaron Wildavsky Enduring Contribution Award, for The Truly Disadvantaged and When Work Disappears, from the American Political Science Association.

Professor Wilson is a member of numerous national boards and commissions, and was previously the Chair of the Board of The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and of the Russell Sage Foundation.

William Julius Wilson Videos

  • 2017 SAGE-CASBS Award lecture: William Julius Wilson - YouTube
    Jun 18, 2017 ... The 2017 SAGE-CASBS Award lecture William Julius Wilson, "Reflections on American Race Relations in the Age of Donald Trump" Center...
  • The 2017 Wilson Lecture William Julius Wilson: Reflections on Race ...
    Apr 7, 2017 ... This lecture will revisit some of the major arguments advanced in William Julius Wilson's seminal books, The Truly Disadvantaged...
  • The Other America: Then and Now — William Julius Wilson - YouTube
    Jul 23, 2015 ... William Julius Wilson gives a keynote address titled "Toward a Holistic Study of Urban Poverty: Why Both Social Structure and...

William Julius Wilson Books

William Julius Wilson Speaking Topics

  • Roots of Racial Tensions: Urban Ethnic Neighborhoods

  • The Bridge Over the Racial Divide

  • Toward a Broader Vision of the Plight of the Inner-City Black Male

  • Rising Inequality at the Dawn of the New Millennium

  • From Racial Preference to Affirmative Opportunity

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  • How to book William Julius Wilson?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like William Julius Wilson for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for William Julius Wilson, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for William Julius Wilson or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book William Julius Wilson?

    Booking fees for William Julius Wilson, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire William Julius Wilson, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for William Julius Wilson?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like William Julius Wilson for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book William Julius Wilson for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent William Julius Wilson or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for William Julius Wilson or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

William Julius Wilson is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book William Julius Wilson for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. William Julius Wilson generally travels from Cambridge, MA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are John Zogby, Claude Steele, Cruz Reynoso, Marc Lamont Hill and Tony Brown. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling William Julius Wilson for an upcoming event.

William Julius Wilson Speaker Videos

  • 2017 SAGE-CASBS Award lecture: William Julius Wilson - YouTube
    Jun 18, 2017 ... The 2017 SAGE-CASBS Award lecture William Julius Wilson, "Reflections on American Race Relations in the Age of Donald Trump" Center for ...
    The 2017 Wilson Lecture William Julius Wilson: Reflections on Race ...
    Apr 7, 2017 ... This lecture will revisit some of the major arguments advanced in William Julius Wilson's seminal books, The Truly Disadvantaged (1987) and ...
  • The Other America: Then and Now — William Julius Wilson - YouTube
    Jul 23, 2015 ... William Julius Wilson gives a keynote address titled "Toward a Holistic Study of Urban Poverty: Why Both Social Structure and Culture Matter.
    "The Truly Disadvantaged" Revisited - YouTube
    Jun 5, 2014 ... William Julius Wilson, the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University, reflects on poverty and joblessness in "'The ...
  • William Julius Wilson on Poverty and Inequality - YouTube
    Dec 17, 2012 ... Professor William Julius Wilson discusses issues of poverty and inequality in the United States, why he uses the television show "The Wire" in ...

William Julius Wilson Speaking Topics

  • Roots of Racial Tensions: Urban Ethnic Neighborhoods

  • The Bridge Over the Racial Divide

  • Toward a Broader Vision of the Plight of the Inner-City Black Male

  • Rising Inequality at the Dawn of the New Millennium

  • From Racial Preference to Affirmative Opportunity

William Julius Wilson News

  • William Julius Wilson

    John Thompson. Whether you agree or disagree with the contemporary market- driven, test-driven "reform" movement, it would be hard to deny that it has ...

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