Aldon D. Morris
|Doctoral advisor||Lewis A. Coser|
|Other academic advisors||Charles Perrow|
|Influences||W.E.B. Du Bois|
Aldon Douglas Morris (born June 15, 1949) is an African-American professor of sociology and an award-winning scholar, with interests including social movements, civil rights, and social inequality.
Early life and education
Morris, the grandson of sharecroppers, was born in rural Tutwiler, Mississippi. As a child he experienced Jim Crow racism and segregation; one of his earliest memories was the lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till. He moved to Chicago with his family, and enrolled at Southeast Community College in 1968. Morris studied sociology and social movements at Bradley University and the State University of New York, Stony Brook, receiving his PhD in 1980.
Morris was an associate professor of sociology at the University of Michigan from 1980 to 1990. He joined the faculty of Northwestern University in 1988, where he now serves as the Leon Forrest professor of sociology and African-American Studies. Previously at Northwestern, he chaired the sociology department, directed Asian American Studies, served as associate dean for faculty affairs, and served as interim dean for the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.
Morris was inspired by the oration of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the scholarship of sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois, the first black man to earn a doctorate from Harvard University. In 2005, Morris and a group of peers persuaded the American Sociological Association to rename their top award after Du Bois. In his 2015 book, The Scholar Denied: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Birth of Modern Sociology, Morris argued that Du Bois was the founder of modern American sociology, and that his contributions to the field were suppressed for decades due to institutional racism.
- Morris, Aldon (December 1981). "Black Southern Student Sit-in Movement: An Analysis of Internal Organization". American Sociological Review. 46 (6): 755–767. JSTOR 2095077.
- Morris, Aldon D. (1984). The Origins of the Civil Rights Movement: Black Communities Organizing for Change. Free Press. ISBN 9780029221303.
- Aldon D. Morris; Carol McClurg Mueller (1992). Frontiers in Social Movement Theory. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300054866.
- Morris, Aldon D. (October 1993). "Birmingham Confrontation Reconsidered: An Analysis of the Dynamics and Tactics of Mobilization". American Sociological Review. 58 (5): 621–636. doi:10.2307/2096278. JSTOR 2096278.
- Morris, Aldon (May 2000). "Reflections on Social Movement Theory: Criticisms and Proposals". Contemporary Sociology. 29 (3): 445–454. doi:10.2307/2653931. JSTOR 2653931.
- Jane J. Mansbridge; Aldon Morris (October 30, 2001). Oppositional Consciousness: The Subjective Roots of Social Protest. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 9780226503622.
- Morris, Aldon D. (August 2015). The Scholar Denied: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Birth of Modern Sociology. University of California Press. ISBN 9780520276352.
- 1986: Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award, American Sociological Association
- 1988: Outstanding Leadership Award, Association of Black Sociologists (Morris served as president from 1986 to 1988)
- 2006: Joseph Himes award for Lifetime Achievement for a Career of Distinguished Scholarship, Association of Black Sociologists
- 2009: Cox-Johnson-Frazier award, American Sociological Association
- 2013: A. Wade Smith Award for Teaching, Mentoring and Service, Association of Black Sociologists 
- 2016: R.R. Hawkins Award and Award for Excellence in Social Sciences, PROSE Awards
- Murray, Simon (November 7, 2015). "Sunday Breakfast Aldon Morris". Daily North Shore. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
- "Aldon Morris: Leon Forrest Professor of Sociology and African American Studies". Northwestern University. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
- Morris, Aldon (1986). The Origins of the Civil Rights Movement: Black Communities Organizing for Change. New York: The Free Press. p. vii. ISBN 0029221307.
- "Introducing Aldon Morris, Weinberg's Interim Dean". Crosscurrents Magazine. Northwestern University. 2007.
- Turner, Dawn M. (September 16, 2015). "NU professor's book highlights W.E.B. Du Bois' contributions to sociology". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
- "Aldon D. Morris". Faculty History Proeject. University of Michigan. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
- Young, Alford A. (February 4, 2016). "W.E.B. Du Bois and the Sociological Canon". Contexts. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
- Olexy, Johanna A. (June 11, 2019). "Northwestern Univerity's Aldon Morris Elected President of the American Sociological Association". Newswise. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
- "Endeavors: Aldon Morris". Yale University. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
- "Aldon Morris Award Statement". American Sociological Association. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
- "2016 Award Winners". PROSE Awards. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
- Anyaso, Hilary Hurd (February 11, 2016). "Sociologist Wins Top Honor for W.E.B. Du Bois Book". Northwestern University. Retrieved September 27, 2016.