The New Director of the James Weldon Institute at Emory University

Tyrone Forman was named as the new director of the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference at Emory University. Dr. Foreman is a professor of sociology at Emory. He replaces the late Rudolph R. Byrd, who founded the institute in 2007.

Earl Lewis, provost at Emory who is leaving in the spring to head the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, stated that Professor Foreman “is an accomplished sociologist, whose work on race, social conditions and opportunity speaks to the core of the Institute’s mission. I am confident that under his leadership we will see the flourishing of new initiatives, partnerships and research.”

Dr. Foreman has been on the Emory University faculty since 2008. He previously taught at the University oi Illinois at Chicago. He is a graduate of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. He holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan.


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  1. Congratulations Dr. Forman!

    I’m always inspired when I see high-achieving Black men, being recognized for their accomplishments, as well as being acknowledged through positions like this for the value added work you will contribute towards the quest for equality in America.

    I send you positive energy of support and admiration.

    Teri McKenzie
    Associate Director
    Student Recruitment
    Brevard Community College

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