CARC – Scientist Profile – William Turner

William Turner
William Turner Ph. D.
Research Scientist Leader (Social Systems and Allied Research)


Post Doctoral., Duke University. Center for the Study of Civil Rights and Race Relations (African Americans in Appalachia)
Post Doctoral., George Washington University, Institute for Educational Leadership (HBCU Leadership)
Post Doctoral., University of Pennsylvania (HBCU Leadership)
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame (Race and Ethnic Relations)
M.S., University of Notre Dame (Sociology and Anthropology)
B.Sc., University of Kentucky (Sociology)

Key Interests, Expertise and Current Research Interests

Ethnography, race relations, poverty in Appalachia.  Cultural sociology.  Demography

Contact Information

Office: P.O. Box 519; MS 2008, Prairie View, TX 77446
Phone: (936) 261-5006

Recent Publications

Affrilachia as Brand. Appalachian Heritage, Vol. 39, Issue 4. Fall 2011

Hallowed Hills: Protect Black Mountain towns from strip mining. Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader. Jan 31, 2011

American Family: Coming together to mourn lost coal miners. Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader.

People of Color in the Green Future of Central Appalachia. March 2010

Black athletes may be stars, but other black youth suffer. Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader. Jan 10, 2010

Both Ends of the Road: Making the Appalachian Connection. Appalachian Journal. Vol. 33, No. 3-4. Spring/Summer 2006

After word – Values Spoken and Unspoken. African American Miners and Migrants, by Phil Obermiller and Tom Wagner. University Press of Illinois. 2003

John introduced me…I promised…I Cried. Appalachian Heritage. Vol. 23, No. 1. Winter, 1995

African Americans and the Appalachian Heritage. Appalachian Heritage (Guest Editor). Vol. 19, No. 4. Fall 1991

Black Appalachians-A Thematic Essay. The Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Charles Wilson and William Ferris (Editors). University of Mississippi Press. 1983

The Black Ethnographer ‘at home’ in Harlan. Human Organization. Vol. 5, No. 5. 1996

Sense of place among Black Appalachians. Reshaping the image of Appalachia. Edited by   Loyal Jones. Vol. 2, No. 1 Morehead State University. Summer 1987

Concepts from race relations theory applied to the desegregation of public black colleges. Negro Education Review. Vol. 12, No. 2. Winter 1985

Blacks in Appalachia. Co-Editor, with Edward Cabbell. University Press of Kentucky. 1985

Race: The ignored dimension of black powerlessness in Appalachia. Western Journal of Black Studies. Vol. 1, No. 2. Winter 1983

Between Berea and Birmingham: The rock and hard place for blacks in Appalachia. Phylon. Vol. 5, No. 4. Fall 1980

A commentary on the desegregation of historically black colleges. New Directions.  Howard University Press. Spring 1979

Traditionally black colleges: Their identification and selected characteristics. Department of Health, Education & Welfare. Bulletin 79-720, Washington DC. Fall 1979

Traditionally black institutions of higher education: A profile and institutional directory. Department of Health, Education & Welfare. Bulletin 78-361, Washington DC. Fall 1978

Black Colleges: Essays on cultural legitimacy and economic efficiency. Moton Scholars Collection. Capahosic, VA. 1978

The African American Male-Myths and Stereotypes. The Black Man in America, Doris Wilkinson, Editor. Nelson-Hall. Chicago, Ill. 1977

Black Men – White Women: A philosophical view. Black Male, White Female, Doris Wilkinson, Editor. Schenkman. New York. 1975

A position on the question of ethical neutrality in the social sciences. Journal of Afro-American Issues. Vol 4, No. 2. Fall 1971

The black intellectual and the black revolution. Notre Dame Journal of Education. Vol 2, No. 1. Winter 1970

2012 – Present. Contributing columnist. Huffington PostBlack Voices

1986-Present. Contributing columnist. Winston-Salem (NC) Journal, Winston-Salem Chronicle (syndicated by NC Black Press Association) and Lexington (KY.) Herald-Leader. Collection also includes book reviews and investigative reports; all available upon request.

Opinion columnist (weekly). The Reformer. South Bend, Indiana. 1968-1971.

Editorial Board – The Encyclopedia of Appalachia. University Press of Tennessee. 2005

Honors, Awards and Achievements

Nominee for Presidential Appointment. Federal Co-Chairman, Appalachian Regional Commission. Nominated by Honorable Ben Chandler. US House of Representatives (D-KY). 2009

Lifetime Achievement Award. Appalachian Studies Association. 2009

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Citizen of the Year. Governor Ernie Fletcher (R-KY). 2007

Inductee – Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame. Kentucky Commission on Human Rights. 2006

Distinguished Alumni Exemplar. University of Notre Dame. 2006

Citizen of the Year. Christian Appalachian Project. 1994

Collaborators & Other Affiliations

Research Associate for Roots author Alex Haley, 1978 – 1991


Research Professor (Social Sciences) Prairie View A&M University, 2012 – 2014

Endowed & Distinguished Professor/Berea College, 2007 – 2012

Vice President for Diversity/University of Kentucky, 2004- 2007

Interim President/Kentucky State University, 2002 – 2004

Associate Professor & Chair (Social Sciences) Winston-Salem State University, 1985 – 2002

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