Troy Duster

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Troy Duster is an American sociologist with research interests in the sociology of science, public policy, race and ethnicity and deviance. He is a Chancellor’s Professor of Sociology at UC Berkeley and professor of sociology and director of the Institute for the History of the Production of Knowledge at New York University. He contributed to White-Washing Race: The Myth of a Color-blind Society (2005).

He is the grandson of civil rights activist Ida B. Wells-Barnett.[1] In 1970, he published The Legislation of Morality, in which he showed how the moral indignation regarding addiction at the time of the Harrison Narcotic Law (1914) pointed fingers not at the middle- and upper-class users of drugs but at the lower classes of Americans.


Although Troy Duster was raised in poverty, he was able to attend a university on an academic scholarship, the Pullman Foundation Scholarship, a scholarship for minority and students in poverty. This scholarship not only paid his tuition, but it gave him spending money as well. With this scholarship Troy Duster attended Northwestern University as an undergraduate student.[1] Duster earned his bachelor's degree in Sociology from Northwestern in 1957.[2]

After receiving his bachelor's degree at Northwestern, Duster went to UCLA for graduate school, earning his master's degree in Sociology in 1959.[1] Duster then returned to Northwestern and received a PhD in Sociology in 1962.[2]


  • The Legislation of Morality: Law, Drugs, and Moral Judgment. New York: Free Press. 1971. ISBN 978-0-02-908680-3. This book covers the sociology of criminal law, particularly the racism of drug laws.
  • Backdoor to Eugenics (2. ed.). New York [u.a.]: Routledge. 2003. ISBN 978-0-415-94674-2. This book talks about the social and political implications of genetic technologies.
  • Brown, M. K.; Carnoy, M.; Currie, E.; Duster, T.; Oppenheimer, D.B.; Schultz, M.M.; Wellman, D. (2005). Whitewashing Race: The Myth of a Color-blind Society. Berkeley: University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-24475-7. The book is an analysis of the political and economic status of minorities in the United States, specifically African Americans.



  1. ^ a b c "Troy Duster". American Sociological Association. 2009-06-04. Retrieved 2016-10-06.
  2. ^ a b Galliher, John F. (2015-12-03). Troy Duster: Berkeley Sociologist, Teacher, and Civil Rights Activist. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 978-0-7618-6701-2.
  3. ^ "John Simon Guggenheim Foundation | Troy Duster". Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  • Novkov, Julie (2006). "Whitewashing Race: The Myth of a Color-Blind Society (review)". Rhetoric & Public Affairs. 9 (2): 334–337. doi:10.1353/rap.2006.0050.

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