Tyrone Forman was named as the new director of the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference at Emory University. Dr. Foreman is a professor of sociology at Emory. He replaces the late Rudolph R. Byrd, who founded the institute in 2007.
Earl Lewis, provost at Emory who is leaving in the spring to head the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, stated that Professor Foreman “is an accomplished sociologist, whose work on race, social conditions and opportunity speaks to the core of the Institute’s mission. I am confident that under his leadership we will see the flourishing of new initiatives, partnerships and research.”
Dr. Foreman has been on the Emory University faculty since 2008. He previously taught at the University oi Illinois at Chicago. He is a graduate of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. He holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan.