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William Julius Wilson was a member of the faculty at the University of Chicago for twenty-four years and is currently the Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy at Harvard University. He is past president of the American Sociological Association and has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. His previous books include Power, Racism, and Privilege, The Declining Significance of Race, and The Truly Disadvantaged. He lives with his wife in Cambridge, Massachusetts.