William Wilson
Harvard University
Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor

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William Julius Wilson is Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University. He received his BA from Wilberforce University, his MA from Bowling Green State University, and his PhD from Washington State University. Wilson has received the MacArthur Prize Fellowship and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the Institute of Medicine. In 1998 he was awarded the National Medal of Science. His publications include The Declining Significance of Race: Blacks and Changing American Institutions; The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass, and Public Policy; andWhen Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor; The Bridge over the Racial Divide: Rising Inequality and Coalition Politics; There Goes the Neighborhood: Racial, Ethnic, and Class Tensions in Four Chicago Neighborhoods and Their Meaning for America (with Richard Taub); More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City.

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