Associate Director of Center for Social Solutions; Arthur F Thurnau Professor; Edgar G. Epps Collegiate Professor of Sociology; Professor of Afroamerican and African studies; Professor of Public Policy
5519 Haven Hall
Afroamerican and African Studies
Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1996
Professor Alford Young, Jr. is pursuing research in three general areas, all of which concern the phenomenon of race or the social experiences of African Americans, and all employ ethnographic, interview-based research methods. First, he is engaged in a series of projects on urban-based, low-income African Americans, exploring how they conceive of work opportunity and the world of work in modern society. Second, he is conducting a study of how African American scholars who research and teach about the African American experience address issues concerning the social utility of their scholarship and how that relates to their sense of mission and purpose as academics. Third, he is involved in a several small-scale studies of American higher education that address the experiences of faculty and students of color.