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Tyrone Forman, PhD


Sociology & African American Studies

Pronouns: He/Him/His


Building & Room:

931 UH


601 S. Morgan St.

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Tyrone Forman is a sociologist and nationally recognized expert on intergroup prejudice, discrimination, race and ethnic relations, and survey research methods. Professor Forman’s innovative and award-winning research explores the ways that discrimination and constrained opportunity shape the life experiences of racial and ethnic minorities as well as the sociocultural factors that influence intergroup relations and attitudes among youth and adults. His work has appeared in several leading social science journals and has been financially supported by the Russell Sage Foundation, the Fletcher Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health.  He is the recipient of a number of prestigious awards and fellowships, including the 2012 Oliver Cromwell Cox Best Article Award from the American Sociological Association and 2011-12 fellowship at Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.

He is also a highly regarded higher education leader known for his ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies and his commitment to advancing equity and inclusion. He has held several university leadership roles, including most recently serving as Associate Chancellor and Vice Provost. Prior to joining UIC, he was the director of the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race & Difference at Emory University and sociology professor. He also consults with several organizations around diversity, equity,inclusion, and justice issues. Dr. Forman serves on various task forces and boards. He is a member of the State of Illinois’ Traffic and Pedestrian Stop Data Use and Collection Task Force as well as the Board of Trustees at Vassar College.  He is also a board member of Phillips Academy’s Institute for Recruitment of Teachers, Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organizations, and Chicago Community Trust Foundation’s African American Legacy Fund.