Elijah Anderson, 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, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, 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.