Lawrence D. Bobo

'George Floyd and Our Times,' by Lawrence D. Bobo, Dean of Social Science, Harvard University

Dear Friends,

Like so many of you I watched in horror as George Floyd died brutally while in the custody of Minneapolis police.  I feel as if I am still shaking off the paralyzing combination of feelings of shock, outrage, and pain occasioned by another incident of an unarmed African American dying by law enforcement hands.  This situation was made all the worse because Floyd was already subdued, hand-cuffed, on the ground and begging for relief as fellow officers casually looked on.  This is not right.  It is not justice. 

The trauma and...

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Professor Gates

Vineyard Gazette: Racial Equality Long Way Off, Say Speakers Led by Skip Gates

August 20, 2009
Nodding to Professor Henry Louis (Skip) Gates Jr. at his Whaling Church panel discussion Achieving Equality in the Age of Obama last night, Princeton professor Melissa Harris-Lacewell shook her head and said: ”If you had told me this time last year, when we were all pretty emotionally up and excited, even though George W. Bush was still our President, that we would actually feel worse a year later, when Barack Obama was our President, about questions of race in America, I would have told you you were lying.”
Professor Gates

Vineyard Gazette: W.E.B. Du Bois Panel Tackles Hard Questions of Poverty

August 20, 2012
There were plenty of problems on the table and few easy solutions at hand as an influential panel convened Thursday evening to discuss the issue that has gone unnoticed in this issue-laden presidential election year: unemployment and high poverty rates in the African American community.
2018 Sep 13

Welcoming Event

4:00pm to 6:00pm


Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, 104 Mount Auburn Street, Floor 3R, Cambridge, MA

Co-sponsored with the Department of African and African American Studies and the Center for African Studies.

Welcoming Party

Du Bois Review

The Du Bois Review (DBR) is a scholarly, multidisciplinary, and multicultural journal devoted to social science research and criticism about race

Now celebrating its 15th year in print, the journal provides a forum for discussion and increased understanding of race and society from a range of disciplines, including but not limited to economics, political science, sociology, anthropology, law, communications, public policy, psychology, linguistics, and history....

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Lawrence D. Bobo

Lawrence D. Bobo

Dean of Social Science and W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences
Hutchins Center Executive Committee, ex officio; Founding Editor, Du Bois Review
W. E. B. Du Bois Medalist, 2005
Professor Bobo

Lawrence Bobo Elected Fellow of American Academy of Political and Social Science

November 29, 2016

The American Academy of Political and Social Science (AAPSS), one of the nation's oldest learned societies, will welcome five distinguished scholars as Fellows of the Academy in 2017. The AAPSS inducts a new cohort of Fellows each spring in recognition of their contributions to society through research and public service.