Marcus Anthony Hunter is an assistant professor of sociology at Yale University. He holds a courtesy appointment in African American Studies, and is also a faculty affiliate of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and LGBT Studies at Yale University. Having received his PhD in 2011 from Northwestern University in sociology, Professor Hunter is generally interested in urban race relations, politics, history and change with an especial focus on urban black Americans. His book, Black Citymakers: How the Philadelphia Negro Changed Urban America (forthcoming February 2013, Oxford University Press) revisits the Black Seventh Ward neighborhood immortalized in W.E.B. DuBois’s The Philadelphia Negro. Through the dual lens of political agency and critical historical events, Black Citymakers follows the transformation of the neighborhood from predominantly black at the beginning of the 20th century into a largely white upper middle class and commercial neighborhood by the century’s conclusion. His research has benefited from grants from the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. In addition, Hunter’s research and commentary on urban black life and inequality has been featured in the journals City & Community, Sexuality Research & Social Policy and the New York Times.
Black Citymakers: How the Philadelphia Negro Changed Urban America by Marcus Hunter has been nominated as a finalist for the 2014 distinguished C. Wright Mills Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems.
2013 Poorvu Prize Honoree: The Poorvu Family Award for Interdisciplinary Teaching was established to recognize and enhance Yale’s strength in interdisciplinary teaching. It provides the means for distinguished junior faculty in interdisciplinary fields to conduct essential summer research.
“A Bridge over Troubled Urban Waters,” by Marcus Anthony Hunter. Du Bois Review, pp.1-21. May 1, 2013
New Book by Marcus Hunter: Black Citymakers. Oxford University Press, March 2013.
“Republican Attitudes Toward Urban America,” by Marcus Hunter. Letter to the editor of the New York Times, Ocotber 17, 2012.