Elijah Anderson receives the William Julius Wilson Award for the Advancement of Social Justice

Department News
Faculty Awards and Recognition
November 13, 2017

Professor Elijah Anderson has received the 2017 William Julius Wilson Award for the Advancement of Social Justice from Washington State University in recognition of his scholarly and applied work to promote racial integration and social harmony. “Elijah Anderson is a leading voice in important national conversations about race, culture and criminal justice,” said Julie Kmec, WSU professor of sociology and chair of the Wilson Award committee. “In his ethnographic work, he has made deeply significant observations of urban life, including the way members of different race and class groups interact and how moral ‘codes’ shape the way people live.” The award is named for William Julius Wilson, the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University, who received his doctorate in sociology from WSU in 1966 and is widely considered one of the nation’s most influential sociologists.