William Julius Wilson
Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor


  • Poverty
  • Race and diversity

William Julius Wilson is Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University. He joined the faculty at Harvard in July 1996. Past president of the American Sociological Association, Wilson has received 45 honorary degrees, including honorary doctorates from Princeton, Columbia, the University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Northwestern, Johns Hopkins, Dartmouth, the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and New York University. Wilson has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Education, the American Philosophical Society, the Institute of Medicine, and the British Academy. He is a recipient of the 1998 National Medal of Science, the highest scientific honor in the U.S., and was awarded the Talcott Parsons Prize in the Social Sciences by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003. Wilson is a member of numerous national boards and commissions, and was previously the chair of the board of The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and of the Russell Sage Foundation.