Alford A. Young is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and chair of the Department of Sociology, with a joint appointment to the Department of African and African American Studies. He has pursued research on low-income, urban-based African Americans, employees at an automobile manufacturing plant, African American scholars and intellectuals, and the classroom-based experiences of higher-education faculty as they pertain to diversity and multiculturalism. He employs ethnographic interviewing as his primary data collection method. His work has centered on exploring the connections between the social location of individuals and the content of their worldviews and beliefs about social mobility, the world of work, and other social issues and conditions. His objective in research on low-income African American men, his primary area of research, has been to argue for a renewed cultural sociology of the African American urban poor. Dr. Young received an MA and PhD in sociology from the University of Chicago.