Joe William Trotter, Jr.
Director and Founder, CAUSE
Joe William Trotter, Jr. is Giant Eagle Professor of History and Social Justice and past History Department Chair at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is also the Director and Founder of Carnegie Mellon’s Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE). Professor Trotter received his BA degree from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota. He is currently working on a study of African American urban life since the Atlantic slave trade.
Program Coordinator, CAUSE
CAUSE Postdoctoral Fellow 2017-18
Waverly Duck is an urban sociologist, Associate Professor of sociology at the University of Pittsburgh, and author of No Way Out: Precarious Living in the Shadow of Poverty and Drug Dealing (University of Chicago Press 2015; Finalist for the 2016 C. Wright Mills Book Award). His research examines the social orders of poor Black neighborhoods, as well as manifestations of race and gender among the upwardly mobile – always with a focus on how meanings are sustained within contexts of inequality (interactional, neighborhood, and organizational) through orderly cooperation.