A professor in the Department of Sociology and director of the Institute for the History of the Production of Knowledge, Troy Duster has been at NYU since 1999. He came to NYU from the University of California, Berkeley, where he chaired the Department of Sociology and directed the Institute for the Study of Social Change.
He earned his B.S. in Journalism at Northwestern, his M.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University.
One of the nation’s most prominent sociologists, his research interests include the sociology of science, public policy, race and ethnicity and deviance. Author of Backdoor to Eugenics and The Legislation of Morality, he is the co-author/co-editor of numerous other works, including Whitewashing Race: The Myth of a Colorblind Society, with M. Brown, et al., and Cultural Perspectives on Biological Knowledge, co-edited with Karen Garrett.
Professor Duster was recently named President of the American Sociological Association, and he was earlier awarded that organization’s DuBois-Johnson-Frazier Award. He has also received the Hatfield Scholars Award.