Aldon Morris is the Leon Forrest Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Northwestern University. He is a past President of the American Sociological Association. His books include The Origins of the Civil Rights Movement and The Scholar Denied: W.E.B. DuBois and the Birth of Modern Sociology. In that latter book, Morris challenges the conventional account that credits Robert Park and his colleagues at the University of Chicago for developing modern sociology. He argues instead that the pioneering work had been done years earlier at Atlanta University by DuBois and his collaborators.