Timothy S. Black, PhD

Co-Director and Research Coordinator
Social Justice Institute
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
College of Arts and Sciences

Timothy Black, PhD, is associate professor of sociology and the second faculty member hired through the Social Justice Institute. His scholarly work examines the intersections between larger social structures and personal lives from which he advances a medium of sociological storytelling to illustrate how social structures are lived. He is the author of When a Heart Turns Rock Solid: The Lives of Three Puerto Rican Brothers On and Off the Streets, named a best book of 2009 by The Washington Post. More recently, he is the co-author, with Mary Patrice Erdmans, of the award-winning book, On Becoming a Teen Mom: Life Before Pregnancy (2015), which was featured in the CWRU College of Arts & Sciences Magazine.

He is currently completing a book on low-income fathers, and is engaged in a 3-year study of citizen reentry in Cleveland based on relationships with around 80 men who were locked up in an alternative incarceration facility. Dr. Black teaches courses on urban sociology, race and mass incarceration, and qualitative research methods.

Interview with Dr. Black - What is Social Justice?