UB CDI Distinguished Visiting Scholar

Waverly Duck

Waverly Duck, Ph.D.

Waverly Duck, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh

  • Post-Doctoral Associate, Department of Sociology, Yale University
  • PhD, Sociology, Wayne State University
  • MSc, Community Health Services, Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • BA, Sociology, Wayne State University

Notable Awards

  • Finalist, C. Wright Mills Book Award for No Way Out
  • Two-time Winner of the Student Choice Teaching Award at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Article of the Year Award, North Central Sociological Association for Fractured Reflections of High Status Black Male Presentations of Self: Non-Recognition of Identity as a Barrier to Exercising Legitimate Authority

Waverly Duck is an urban sociologist and Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of No Way Out: Precarious Living in the Shadow of Poverty and Drug Dealing (University of Chicago Press, 2015), which was a finalist for the Society for the Study of Social Problem 2016 C. Wright Mills Book Award.  His new book on unconscious racism, Tacit Racism, co-authored with Anne Rawls, is due out in May of 2020 with the University of Chicago Press. He is currently completing a visiting appointment at Georgetown University where he is the Royster B Davis, S.J. College Chair of Sociology.  His current research involves several projects focusing on gentrification, displacement, and food apartheid. Like his earlier work, his most recent research investigates the challenges faced by socially marginal groups.  However, it is more directly concerned with how residents of marginalized communities identify problems and what they think are viable solutions.

Areas of Interest/Special Expertise

Urban sociology; ethnography and ethnomethodology; race and ethnicity; culture; health disparities; criminology; inequality and social justice; theories of the interaction order.