Troy S. Duster, PhD

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Title: Sociology Educator
Company: University of California Berkeley
Location: Berkeley, California, United States

Troy S. Duster, PhD, Sociology Educator at the University of California Berkeley, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators dedication, achievements, and leadership in sociology.

Mr. Duster became involved in his profession because while he was studying journalism as an undergraduate at Northwestern University, he took sociology classes and decided it was a more interesting field. A professor at the university became his mentor and suggested he get into graduate training in sociology. Mr. Duster took his advice and became a graduate student in the field of study. He received a Bachelor of Science in 1957 and a PhD in 1962 from Northwestern University. In 1959, Mr. Duster earned an MA from the University of California Los Angeles. He also holds an honorary DSc from Northwestern University that he received in 2005 and an honorary Doctorate from Williams College.

The highlight of Mr. Duster’s career was being an undergraduate in 1954, when the Supreme Court ruled that they would end segregation, which had an impact on him, all educators, and the whole society. It was a sense of urgency in the country. Riding on that energy, in 1963, Mr. Duster began his professional career as an assistant professor of sociology at the University of California Riverside. After two years, he landed a permanent position at the University of California Berkeley. He started out as an assistant research sociologist in 1965 and remains with the University of California Berkeley to this day as an emeritus professor. Mr. Duster has held the positions of associate professor of sociology, professor, chancellor’s professor and chair of the department. He was also the director of the American Cultures Center and the Institute for the Study of Social Change. As a testament to his success, Mr. Duster was a Swedish Government fellow at Uppsala University from 1962 to 1963, a Guggenheim Foundation fellow for the London School of Economics from 1971 to 1972 and a Ford Foundation fellow from 1978 to 1979. He has also been listed in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who in the West.

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