Associate Professor in Sociology and Chair of the Department of African American Studies
Professor Hunter is the Scott Waugh Endowed Chair in the Division of the Social Sciences, Associate professor in sociology, and Chair of the department of African American Studies at UCLA. He is author of Black Citymakers: How The Philadelphia Negro Changed Urban America (2013) and coauthor with Zandria F. Robinson of Chocolate Cities: The Black Map of American Life (2018, University of California Press). Professor Hunter is coauthor of the new book Chocolate Cities: The Black Map of American Life (with Dr. Zandria F. Robinson, Georgetown University). 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 Anthropology, City & Community, Sexuality Research & Social Policy, Talking Points Memo, The Washington Post and The New York Times.