Hayward Derrick Horton

Dr. Hayward Derrick Horton is Professor of Sociology and the School of Public Health at the State University of New York at Albany. A native of Norfolk, VA, he holds a BA in Sociology from Norfolk State University,and an MA and Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University. He has also held professorships at the University of Central Arkansas and Iowa State University. Professor Horton was
also the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at SUNY-Albany (2007-2009) , the
first in the university's history to hold that post.

Professor Horton specializes in demography, race/ethnicity, public sociology, and sociology of place. He has published extensively on these areas. Professor Horton developed the first and only sociological model of black community development, The Black Organizational Autonomy (BOA) Model. He also introduced a new paradigm into the field of demography- -Critical Demography.

A publication of Professor Horton's appeared in the Special Millennial Issue of the top journal of his field, the American Sociological Review. In this groundbreaking article, "Lost in the Storm: The Sociology of the Black Working Class, 1850-1990," he redefined the race-class debate and introduced a new measure of social class in America. Professor Horton is a co-editor of the book, Skin Deep: How Race and Complexion Matter in the "Color-Blind" Era.

Professor Horton has held leadership positions in the American Sociological Association, the Southern Sociological Society, the Rural Sociological Society. He is a past President of the Association of Black Sociologists. Professor Horton has won several awards for his leadership, teaching and service. He is a recipient of the 2001 Excellence in Teaching Award at SUNY-Albany as well as the 2001 SUNY Chancellor's award for Teaching Excellence. He also is a recipient of SUNY-Albany's 2006 Excellence in Academic Service Award and the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Academic Service in 2006. Finally, Dr. Horton is the 2008 recipient of the Outstanding Service Award from the Black Caucus of the Public Employee Federation of New York State.

Professor Horton has worked with many grassroots, community groups and is also the founder and project director of Capitalize on Community, an HIV prevention and community outreach research project. Professor Horton's personal philosophy is that sociologists have an obligation to apply their knowledge-- to make a difference in society.