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Aldon Morris Elected ASA President!

June 4, 2019

The Northwestern Sociology Department is proud and elated to announce that Aldon Morris has been elected President of the American Sociological Association!

Aldon will become President-Elect in August, serve in that role for a year, and then become President in August 2020. In that capacity, he’ll shape the content for—and deliver the presidential address at—the annual meeting in 2021, which by happy chance will take place in Aldon’s home town of Chicago!

 Aldon’s election is testament to a distinguished career dating back to his pioneering work on the origins of the civil rights movement and his contributions to social movement theorizing and scholarship. But there can be little doubt that it also reflects the phenomenal impact of his recent book, The Scholar Denied: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Birth of Modern Sociology, which has transformed understandings of our discipline’s history and canon while calling attention to the racial politics that have shaped them.

We at Northwestern predict that Aldon will be a vigorous promoter of an engaged, intellectually rigorous, and socially progressive discipline as President of the Association. His work and accomplishments also bring great credit to our department (which Aldon joined in 1988 and chaired from 1992 to 1997) and to Northwestern.

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