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Vernon J. Williams Jr.

 

 

Vernon Williams

Professor Alma Mater: Ph.D., Brown University, 1977
Email: vewillia@indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 855-5908
Office: Memorial Hall East, M-23
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Courses:

A150 Survey Culture of Black Americans, A356 African-American History II, A400 Classic Texts in Black Studies, A590 Black Thought and Ideology

Research:

African and American history; history of behavioral and social sciences; African/black diaspora history.

Selected Publications

Book:

The Social Sciences and Theories of Race.  Urbana, Illinois:  University of Illinois Press, 2006


Rethinking Race:  Franz Boas and His Contemporaries>.  Lexington, Kentucky:  The University Press of Kentucky, 1996.

From Caste to a Minority: Changing Attitudes of American Sociologists Towards Afro-Americans, 1896-1945. Contributions in Afro-American and African Studies, ed. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., No. 121.  Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1989.


Edition:

Co-edited with Frederick L. McElroy. Black Diaspora Review. Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies.  Bloomington, Indiana:  Indiana University Libraries, 2009-

Book Chapters:

“What is Race?:  Franz Boas Reconsidered.”  In Race, Nation, and Empire in American History, ed. James T. Campbell, Matthew Guterl, and Robert G. Lee, 40-54. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2007.

 “Monroe N. Work’s Contribution to Booker T. Washington’s Fight Against White Supremacy.” In The Racial Politics of Booker T. Washington.  Research in Race and Ethnic Relations, ed.  Donald Cunnigen, Rutledge Dennis, and Myrtle Glascoe, Vol. 13. 137-151.  New York:  Elsevier Ltd., 2006.

“Franz Boas’s Paradox and the African American Intelligentsia.”  In African Americans and Jews in the Twentieth Century:  Studies in Convergence and Conflict, ed. V. P. Franklin, Nancy Grant, Harold M. Kletnick, and Genna R. McNeil, 54-86.  Columbia:  University of Missouri Press, 1998.  Reprinted in The Social Sciences and Theories of Race, Chapter 2.

“Booker T. Washington—Myth Maker.”  In A Different Vision:  African American Economic Thought. 2 vols., ed. Thomas D. Boston, 1:  194-212.  London:  Routledge, 1997.  Reprinted in The Social Sciences and Theories of Race, Chapter 5

Articles:

"Franz Boas."  In Oxford Bibliographies in Anthropology. Ed. John Jackson Jr. New York: Oxford University Press, 11 January 2012.


"Was There A Distinct 'African American Sociology'?" The Western Journal of Black Studies 35 (Winter 2011):  39-43. Revised and expanded as "Was There a Distinct 'African American Sociology'?: Revisited." Black Diaspora Review 3 (Winter 2012):  2-9.

A Gifted Amateur:  The Case of George Washington Ellis.”  American Anthropologist: Journal  of the American Anthropological Association 104 (June 2002):  544-550.  Reprinted in The Social Sciences and Theories of Race, Chapter 3.

“Franz Boas and the African American Intelligentsia.” The Western Journal of Black Studies 19 (Summer 1995):  81-89.  Reprinted in Rethinking Race, Chapter 2.

“Franz U. Boas and the Conflict Between Science and Values, 1894-1915.” American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Philosophy and the Black Experience 92 (Spring   1993):  7-16.

Commentaries:


"Was There A Distinct 'African American Sociology'?" The Western Journal of Black Studies 35       (Winter 2011):  39-43.

 

“Fatalism:  Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology, and the IQ Controversy.” Journal of African American Studies 13 (March 2009):  90-96.

 

‘How Long Has This Been Going On?’ A Reflection.”  Transforming Anthropology:  The Journal of the Association of Black Anthropologists 7, 2 (1998):  76-77.