William A. Edwards received his B.A. from Virginia Union
University, his M.A. from the University of Washington, and his
Ph.D from the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to
USF he taught in the Department of Sociology and the Department of
Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara where
he was also a Fellow at the Center for Black Studies. He was a
Research Fellow at the University of Massachusetts,
Boston's William Monroe Trotter Institute. He has been a
lecturer at Virginia Union University and a Visiting Professor at
Jackson State University. In 1988 he joined the Department of
Sociology at USF. Since 1993 he has served as the
University's Faculty Athletics Representative. Prior to
his academic career he was a City Planner for the Department of
Housing and Urban Development, San Francisco and the San Francisco
His research interests include: Urbanization, consumer credit,
sociology and the mystery novel, and globalization and development.
He has published on Marcus Garvey, the black underclass, and
baseball and the American dream. He is planning a major study of
Nurse Eunice Rivers and the Tuskegee Syphilis Study.
The courses which he has recently taught include Introduction
to Sociology, Globalization and Resistance, Cities and Society,
Urbanization and Development, Global Inequalities and Social
Justice, Credit, Debt, and Society.