Sociology of ideas, theoretical sociology, political sociology, race and ethnic studies, urban communities, the sociology of W.E.B. Du Bois
Rutledge M. Dennis is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology. He received a B.A. in Social Science and Sociology from South Carolina State University, and the M.A. and Ph.D in sociology from Washington State University. Prior to joining the George Mason faculty he was the first Director of African American Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, Virginia) where he taught for twenty one years, three of which were spent as Associate Chair of the Department of Sociology/Anthropology.
His teaching and research interests include the sociology of ideas, theoretical sociology, political sociology, race and ethnic studies, urban communities, and the sociology of W.E.B. Du Bois. He is the editor, co-editor, and co-author of nine books in the areas of urban annexations (with John Moeser), research methods in race and ethnicity (with John Stanfield), black intellectuals, W.E.B.Du Bois, the middle class, race and ethnic politics, comparative and theoretical approaches to race and ethnicity (with John Stone), marginality, bi-culturalism, and Booker T. Washington, and social science perspectives on Afro-Americans (with Charles Jarmon).
He is a past president of the Association of Black Sociologists and is currently the editor of Elsevier Publishing Company's Series on Research in Race and Ethnic Relations. Some of his many honors and awards include the following: Sigma Rho Sigma Research Award; Boys Clubs of America Community Award; Reise-Melton Cross-Cultural Award; Alpha Phi Alpha Academic and Literary Achievement Award, and more recently, the Joseph S. Himes Distinguished Scholarship Award and the DuBois-Johnson-Frazier Award, presented by the American Sociological Association in 2006. He is currently co-advisor of the Tau Chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honor Society.