Awards & Winners

William Julius Wilson

Date of Birth 20-December-1935
Place of Birth Pennsylvania
(United States of America, Contiguous United States)
Nationality United States of America
Also know as William J. Wilson
Profession Writer, Sociologist, Professor
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.

Awards by William Julius Wilson

Check all the awards nominated and won by William Julius Wilson.


Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards
(Lifetime Achievement in Nonfiction)


National Medal of Science for Behavioral and Social Science
(For his innovative approach to studying urban poverty, his dedication to the proposition that rigorous social science change will improve his fellow American's lives, and his advocacy of policies which reflect more accurately what we have learned from research and which therefore take a broader point of view with respect to the interactions of race, class, and location.)