Faculty

Marcus Anthony Hunter


Associate Professor and Chair of African American Studies


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Email    hunter@soc.ucla.edu
Office  266 Haines Hall
Phone  310-825-7865

An associate professor in sociology, Professor Hunter is faculty in the department of African American Studies, and  a faculty affiliate at the Ralph Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA.  Professor Hunter is generally interested in race, sexuality, urban race relations, politics, history and change with an especial focus on urban black Americans. Professor Hunter comes to UCLA from Yale University, where he was a sociology professor and received the prestigious Poorvu Family Fund Award for teaching excellence.

Professor Hunter is coauthor of the new book Chocolate Cities: The Black Map of American Life (with Dr. Zandria F. Robinson, Rhodes College).  Published by University of California Press (January 2018), Chocolate Cities explores the experiences and politics of Black Americans since 1900 offering a new geography of American life. His first book, Black Citymakers: How the Philadelphia Negro Changed Urban America (Oxford University Press, FINALIST for C. Wright Mills Award 2013; Honorable Mention, Komarovsky Award, Eastern Sociological Society 2016) revisits the Black Seventh Ward neighborhood immortalized in W.E.B. Du Bois’s The Philadelphia Negro, following 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 journals and news media such as CSPAN's BookTV, the Du Bois Review, Current AnthropologyCity & Community, Sexuality Research & Social Policy, Talking Points Memo, The Washington Post and The New York Times.

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