Lawrence D. Bobo

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Lawrence D. Bobo "is the W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University. He holds appointments in the Department of Sociology and the Department of African and African American Studies. His research focuses on the intersection of social inequality, politics, and race.

"His research has appeared in the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Social Psychology Quarterly, and Public Opinion Quarterly. He is a founding editor of the Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race published by Cambridge University Press. He is co-author of the award winning book Racial Attitudes in America: Trends and Interpretations (Harvard University Press, 1997, with H. Schuman, C. Steeh, and M. Krysan) and senior editor of Prismatic Metropolis: Inequality in Los Angeles (Russell Sage Foundation, 2000, with M. L. Oliver, J. H. Johnson, and A. Valenzuela). His most recent book Prejudice in Politics: Group Position, Public Opinion, and the Wisconsin Treaty Rights Dispute (Harvard University Press, 2006, with M. Tuan) was a finalist for 2007 C. Wright Mills Award. He is currently working on the “Race, Crime, and Public Opinion” project.

"Professor Bobo is an elected member of the National Academy of Science as well as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, an Alphonse M. Fletcher Sr. Fellow, a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and a Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Scholar. He has received research grants from the National Science Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation. He has held tenured appointments in the sociology departments at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, the University of California, Los Angeles, and at Stanford University where he was Director of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity." [1] CV

Selected Reviews

  • Bobo, Lawrence. 1991. "Race, Class and the Power Elite." Review of Richard L. Zweigenhaft and G. William Domhoff, Blacks in the White Establishment: A Study of Race and Class in American (New Haven, CT.: Yale University Press, 1991.) Contemporary Sociology 20:861-864.


  • “Public Opinion and Poverty-Related Social Conditions II: Inequality, Race, and Criminal Justice Legitimacy.” The Ford Foundation, $227,000, 2002-2003.
  • “Public Opinion and Poverty-Related Social Conditions: A Study of the Public Will, Criminal Justice Policy, and the African American Community.” The Ford Foundation, $220,000, 2000-2001.
  • “Opportunity, Diversity, and the New American City: A Program of Research on Interethnic Attitudes, Residential Segregation, and Labor Market Discrimination.” The National Science Foundation, $99,437, 1996.
  • “Request for Supplemental Funding to the Center for the Study of Urban Poverty’s Interdisciplinary Research and Training Program in Urban Poverty and Public Policy.” The Ford Foundation, $110,000, 1995 (Co-Pi, Melvin L. Oliver).

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  1. Lawrence D. Bobo, Harvard University, accessed September 31, 2009.