(PhD, Social Policy and Research, Brandeis University; MA, Sociology, University of Michigan; MS, Social Service [MSW], Boston University)
By name and focus, the awards and the fund pay tribute to the work of Distinguished Professor Emeritus Dr. Andrew Billingsley, whose extensive body of professional research has brought important focus to African American families. During his tenure at USC, Dr, Billingsley served as the Senior Scholar in Residence at the Institute for Families in Society and professor of Sociology and African American studies at USC. Dr. Billingsley was the former Chair of Family Studies at the University of Maryland and also served as President of Morgan State University and Vice-President for Academic Affairs at Howard University. A former Fulbright Scholar to Ghana, Dr. Billingsley is the recipient of the DuBois-Johnson-Frazier Award from the American Sociological Association and the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Association of Black Sociologists. He was also featured in the PBS documentary Blacks in the Civil War
, narrated by Morgan Freeman.
Dr. Billingsley’s latest work is Yearning to Breathe Free: Robert Smalls of South Carolina and His Families published by University of South Carolina Press. He also is the author of several books of Sociology including the seminal work Black Families in White America and others such as Climbing Jacob’s Ladder:The Enduring Legacy of African American Families; Children of the Storm; and Mighty Like a River:The Black Church and Social Reform, published by Oxford University Press.
Previous Billingsley Award Winners
The Institute for Families in Society has in past years awarded research support in honor of Dr. Billingsley and to recognize selected faculty and community leaders for their work to improve the lives of African American families. Previous recipients have included Dr. Rhonda White-Johnson, Dr. Shauna Cooper, Dr. Tisha Felder, and Mr. James T. McLawhorn, Jr.