CAUSE Postdoctoral Fellow 2017-18
Dr. 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. Waverly has also done research on orderly properties of communication in settings troubled by autism, welfare reform and gender. His approach is ethnographic and ethnomethodological – analyzing the social detail through which social orders of inequality are produced and maintained. After receiving his Ph.D. in sociology from Wayne State University in 2005, Professor Duck was a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania and then held a post-doctoral appointment at Yale University for three years, before joining the faculty at Pittsburgh in 2010. He served as Associate Director of the Yale Urban Ethnography Project, of which he is currently a Senior Fellow. Professor Duck was a visiting professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in 2013-14, in the Waisman Center, a research clinic dedicated to examining childhood psychopathology. His academic areas of interest are urban sociology, inequality (race, class, gender, health and age), qualitative methods, culture, communication, ethnomethodology and ethnography.