News Release: Arts and Humanities, People, Research

Sep. 7,  2010

Sociologist Named Fletcher Fellow for Racial Equality Work

Emory University sociologist Tyrone Forman is one of three scholars in the country selected as a 2010-2011 Alphonse Fletcher Sr. Fellow for his research in race relations. The Fletcher Fellowship, a charitable initiative created in 2004, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision and honors those whose research, art or writing seeks to reform and rectify race relations.

As a Fletcher Fellow, Forman will receive a stipend of $50,000 for work that contributes to improving racial equality in American society and furthers the broad social goals of the Brown decision.

Forman is an associate professor of sociology at Emory, where he serves as co-director of Emory's Race and Difference Initiative. His fellowship project is "After 55: Desegregation, Interracial Contact and Race Relations among American Youth." It explores the long-term consequences on racial attitudes and composition of friendship networks in young and middle adulthood from having attended a racially and ethnically diverse high school.

He is one of the leading sociologists studying intergroup relations among people of color, the social determinants of racial attitudes, and the social consequences of racial stratification among African Americans and adolescent health and wellbeing.

Harvard University Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., chair of the fellowship program's selection committee, says the Fletcher Fellowship Program “continues to foster interdisciplinary scholarship and creative work on race relations post-Brown in a way that no other program matches."

The announcement of the sixth class brings to 39 the number of Fletcher Fellows working in diverse fields including literature, history and the social sciences, the visual and performing arts, journalism, science and law. Information on the program is available at the Fletcher Foundation website.


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