Elijah Anderson is the William K. Lanman Professor of Sociology at Yale University, where he teaches and directs the Urban Ethnography Project. He is one of the leading urban ethnographers and cultural theorists in the United States. He is the author of Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City (1999), winner of the Komarovsky Award of the Eastern Sociological Society; Streetwise: Race, Class, and Change in an Urban Community (1990), winner of the American Sociological Association’s Robert E. Park Award for the best book in Urban Sociology; and the classic sociological work A Place on the Corner (1978; 2003). His most recent ethnographic work is The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life (2012).
Before joining the Yale faculty, Anderson served for many years as the Charles and William L. Day Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, with a secondary appointment in the Wharton School. He has also served as visiting professor at Swarthmore College, Princeton University, and l’École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris. He has appeared on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and has written for the Washington Post, The New York Times Book Review, the Washington Monthly, and the Atlantic Monthly, among other publications.
Dr. Anderson’s honors include, most recently, the prestigious Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award of the American Sociological Association. Also, he has received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching at the University of Pennsylvania and was named the Robin M. Williams, Jr., Distinguished Lecturer for 1999–2000 by the Eastern Sociological Society. Additionally, Dr. Anderson has served in an editorial capacity for a wide range of professional journals and special publications in his field, including Qualitative Sociology, Ethnography, American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, City & Community, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. He has also served as a consultant to a variety of government agencies, including the White House, the United States Congress, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Science Foundation; and he was a member of the National Research Council’s Panel on the Understanding and Control of Violent Behavior.