William Julius Wilson is the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University. He received his PhD from Washington State University in 1966. He joined the faculty at Harvard in July of 1996.
Wilson has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Education, the American Philosophical Society, the Institute of Medicine, and the British Academy. He is also past President of the American Sociological Association, and is a MacArthur Prize Fellow. In 1998, he was awarded the National Medal of Science.
Wilson is the author of numerous publications, including "The Declining Significance of Race," "The Truly Disadvantaged," "When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor," and "The Bridge Over the Racial Divide: Rising Inequality and Coalition Politics." Most recently he co-authored "There Goes the Neighborhood: Racial, Ethnic, and Class Tensions in Four Chicago Neighborhoods" and "Their Meaning for America and Good Kids in Bad Neighborhoods: Successful Development in Social Context."
Alex Kotlowitz is the author of three books, including the national bestseller "There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America," which the New York Public Library selected as one of the 150 most important books of the twentieth century. He is also the author of "The Other Side of the River and Never a City So Real." His documentary "The Interrupters" (a collaboration with Steve James) premiered at Sundance in January 2011, and aired as a two-hour special on PBS’s Frontline.
A former staff writer at The Wall Street Journal, Kotlowitz has long been a regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine and public radio’s This American Life.
Kotlowitz has been a Distinguished Visitor at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and is the recipient of eight honorary degrees and the John LaFarge Memorial Award for Interracial Justice given by New York’s Catholic Interracial Council. He is currently a writer-in-residence and senior lecturer at Northwestern University where he’s been teaching since 1999.