Exploring W.E.B. Du Bois Sociological Approach

Instructor: Allen Hillery
Tuesdays, 4:00 PM – 6:40 PM
Macaulay Classroom 204
Course Code: MHC 364
Modality: In-person

W.E.B. Du Bois was a writer, scholar and civil rights activist who pioneered a new way to use sociology. In his quest to dispel social darwinism, he architected America’s most sophisticated quantitative research on race and the Black population. This interdisciplinary course takes us on a journey through Du Bois life’s work. Through books, articles, blogs and data visualizations, we will explore the steps he took for his studies in Philadelphia and Atlanta. Students will be able to experiment with some of these ideas with a project that has them choose an area of NYC to see how socio-economics and external conditions shape the community.


Aldon Morris
The Scholar Denied

W.E.B. Du Bois
The Philadelphia Negro

Whitney Battle-Baptise, Britt Rusert
W. E. B. Du Bois’s Data Portraits Visualizing Black America