On October 13, 2022, Professor and Department Chair Alford A. Young, Jr. was named the President of the Association of Black Sociologists. The Association of Black Sociologists (ABS) is committed to research, teaching, mentoring, service, and social justice.


"As President of the Association of Black Sociologists I look forward to building upon its legacy of outstanding leadership. I pledge to help ABS address the challenges of cultivating scholars and scholarship during this era of assault on racial knowledge. This will require bringing young scholars into substantive conversation with each other and with senior scholars who have faced similar challenges in the past. I aspire to work with ABS to enrich our means of disseminating research (in the classroom and in the public). Most especially, I pledge to fortify, promote, and celebrate the confidence and courage demonstrated by ABS in navigating these difficult times."

- Al Young, Jr.