Elijah Anderson

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William K Lanman Jr Prof Sociology and Afr Am Studies
493 College St, New Haven, CT 06511-8907

Elijah Anderson is the William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Sociology at Yale University. He is one of the leading urban ethnographers in the United States. His publications include Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City (1999), winner of the Komarovsky Award from the Eastern Sociological Society; Streetwise: Race, Class, and Change in an Urban Community (1990), winner of the American Sociological Association’s Robert E. Park Award for the best published book in the area of Urban Sociology; and the classic sociological work, A Place on the Corner (1978; 2nd ed., 2003). Anderson’s most recent ethnographic work, The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life, was published by WW Norton in March 2012.

Dr. Anderson has served on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Political and Social Science and is formerly a vice-president of the American Sociological Association. He has served in an editorial capacity for a wide range of professional journals and special publications, including Qualitative Sociology, Ethnography, American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, City & Community, Annals of the Society of Political and Social Science, and the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. He has also served as a consultant to a variety of government agencies, including the White House, the United States Congress, the National Academy of Science and the National Science Foundation. Additionally, he was a member of the National Research Council’s Panel on the Understanding and Control of Violent Behavior.

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Recent Publications



  • Anderson, Elijah and Jamie J. Fader (2008) “Urban Underclass,” in Vincent N. Parrillo (ed.) Encyclopedia of Social Problems, pp.986-88. Sage Publications.
  • Anderson, Elijah (2006). “Inadequate Responses, Limited Expectations,” in Eugenie L. Birch and Susan M. Wachter (eds.) Rebuilding Urban Places After Disaster: Lessons From Hurricane Katrina, pp. 193-200. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
  • Anderson, Elijah and Faye Allard (2004). “Ethnography,” in Kimberly Kempf-Leonard (ed.), Encyclopedia of Social Measurement. Academic Press.
  • Anderson, Elijah (2001). “Urban Ethnography,” in N.J. Smelser and P.B. Baltes (eds.) International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, pp. 16004-08. Elsevier, Inc.


  • Anderson, Elijah (2013).“Emmett and Trayvon: How racial prejudice in America has changed in the last sixty years.” in Washington Monthly, January/February 2013.
  • Anderson, Elijah (2012).“Reflections on the ‘Black-White Achievement Gap’” in Journal of School Psychology 50, pp. 593-597, October, 2012.
  • Anderson, Elijah (2012). “The Iconic Ghetto,” (ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 642 July): 8-24.
  • Anderson, Elijah (2004). “The Cosmopolitan Canopy,” Being Here and Being There: Fieldwork Encounters and Ethnographic Discoveries (ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 595 September): 14-31.
  • Anderson, Elijah (2003). “Jelly’s Place: An Ethnographic Memoir” (Distinguished Lecture), Symbolic Interaction, 26 (2): 217-237.
  • Anderson, Elijah and Nancy B. Hisrshinger, et al. (2003). “A Case-Control Study of Female-Female Non-Intimate Violence in an Urban Area,” The American Journal of Public Health, 93 (7): 1098-1103.
  • Anderson, Elijah (2001). “Going Straight: The Story of a Young Inner-City Ex-convict,” Punishment & Society 3(1): 135-52.