Anthony S. Chen

Associate Professor of Sociology and Political Science

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

Office Address:
1808 Chicago Avenue, Room 105
Phone: (847) 467-0515

Office Hours: M & T, 2:30-4:30 PM. Sign up for office hours here (required).

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Interest

American Political Development/Public Policy (since the New Deal)
Historical Sociology
Economic Sociology
Racial Inequality


Anthony S. Chen is a political and historical sociologist. He is interested in the political development of public policy in the United States from the New Deal, and he has special interests in civil rights, social policy, and business-government relations.

He is the author of The Fifth Freedom (Princeton), which offers a new account of how and why affirmative action emerged in employment. In collaboration with Lisa M. Stulberg, he is completing a book on the origins and development of affirmative action in college admissions. His work has appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, Journal of American History, and Studies in American Political Development, among other outlets.

Chen is co-editor of Studies in American Political Development.

Chen received his BA from Rice University and his PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, where was a Soros Fellow and later a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research. Before joining the faculty at Northwestern, Chen was on the faculty for eight years at the University of Michigan.

He lives in Chicago.

Courses Taught

SOCIOL 110: Introduction to Sociology Syllabus
SOCIOL 309: Political Sociology
SOCIOL 476: Topics in Soc Analysis: Political Sociology


The Fifth Freedom: Jobs, Politics, and Civil Rights in the United States, 1941-1972
Princeton University Press, 2009

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Upcoming Events

Sociology Colloquium - Professor Tamara Kay, The University of New Mexico
October 8, 201512:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Sociology Colloquium - Professor Kelly Moore, Loyola University
October 15, 201512:30 PM - 2:00 PM

September 21, 2015