Q&A: Award-winning urban ethnographer Elijah Anderson on illuminating issues that affect the world

Yale sociology professor and renowned urban ethnographer Elijah Anderson was recently honored with the Eastern Sociological Society’s Merit Award for his “outstanding contributions to the discipline, the profession, and the Eastern Sociological Society.”

Anderson, the William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Sociology and professor of African American Studies, is the author of “Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City,” winner of the Komarovsky Award from the Eastern Sociological Society; “Streetwise: Race, Class, and Change in an Urban Community,”winner of the American Sociological Association’s Robert E. Park Award for the best published book in the area of urban sociology; “A Place on the Corner: A Study of Black Street Corner Men,” which is regarded as a classic sociological text; and “The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life.” Anderson was the 2013 recipient of the Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award from the American Sociological Association.