WILLIAM JULIUS WILSON (1935– ), one of America’s leading sociologist, and a prolific author, was, in 1996, named the Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. At Harvard, Dr. Wilson will also serve on the Advisory Board of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African American Research. A former MacArthur Prize Fellow, Wilson served as the Lucy Flower Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Public Policy and former chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. In 1991 Dr. Wilson became a member of the National Academy of Sciences.