Walter R. Allen Award Statement
This annual award, which honors the intellectual traditions of W.E.B. DuBois, Charles S. Johnson, and E. Franklin Frazier, is given for either a lifetime of research, teaching, and service to the community, or to an academic institution for its work in assisting the development of scholarly efforts in this tradition. Allen’s record of research, teaching and service to the wider discipline and broader community has been outstanding. He has made several important research contributions in the fields of the African-American family, higher education, and the demography of race. In the tradition of DuBois, Johnson, and Frazier, Walter Allen has also recruited a large number of students that he has introduced to the life of scholarship. Over the years, Allen has co-authored many publications with his students, and several of them are current members of ASA today. Allen’s research has continued to make numerous contributions to the discipline of sociology, while serving as the basis of his efforts to create a more just society.