Aldon Morris

Aldon Morris Leon Forrest Professor of Sociology and
African American Studies

Mailing Address:
Department of Sociology
1810 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60208-1330

Office Address:
1812 Chicago Avenue, Room 102
Phone: (847) 491-3448

Office Hours: By appointment

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Interest

Social Movements
Black Social Protest
Sociological Theory
Sociology of W. E. B. Du Bois
Social Inequality

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African-American Studies
Asian American Studies


Ph.D., State University of New York, Stony Brook 1980. Areas of interest include social movements, theory, sociology of W. E. B. Du Bois, the civil rights movement, race, religion, social inequality and political sociology. His book, The Origins of the Civil Rights Movement, which received several prizes including the American Sociological Association Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award, emphasized the organizational and cultural basis of social protest. His current research extends that analysis to subsequent decades and regions in the U.S. He is co-editor of Frontiers in Social Movement Theory with Carol Mueller which has been translated into Chinese by The University of Peking Press. Morris is co-editor with Jane Mansbridge of Oppositional Consciousness: The Subjective Roots of Social Protest. Morris has published numerous articles covering his major areas of interests.

Morris is currently working on two projects. The first explores the role of W. E. B. Du Bois in the founding of American Sociology. Du Bois, he argues, was central in producing the first major empirical sociological studies in America and building the first school of American sociology.  This project explores the sociological, theoretical, and institutional factors responsible for Du Bois’ work being marginalized by the sociology profession.

Morris’ second project is a study of the civil rights movement that takes into account the new scholarship on northern civil rights movements. The central question guiding this study is how must the dominant scholarly narrative be changed and expanded in light of the new scholarship on northern movements. It seeks to formulate a comprehensive explanation of the national Civil Rights Movement.

Courses Taught

SOCIOL 101: Freshman Seminar: Students & Social Change Movements
SOCIOL 201: Social Inequality
SOCIOL 202: Social Problems
SOCIOL 376 Special Topics: Category of Race in America
SOCIOL 376 Special Topics: The Civil Rights Movement
SOCIOL 440: Stratification, Race, Class and Gender
SOCIOL 441: Social Movements


Oppositional Consciousness: The Subjective Roots of Social Protest
(with Jane Mansbridge), University Chicago Press, 2001

Frontiers in Social Movement Theory (with Carol M. Mueller), Yale University Press, 1992

Origins of the Civil Rights Movement: Black Communities Organizing For Change
The Free Press, 1984


Naked Power and the Civil Sphere
Sociological Quarterly, 2007

The National Baptist Convention: Traditions and Contemporary Challenges
With Shayne Lee; Erdmon Press, 2005

Leadership in Social Movements
With Suzanne Staggenborg; Blackwell Publishing, 2004



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