Dept of Africana Studies
3428 French Hall
Earl Wright II is a Professor in the Department of Sociology. He is the author of multiple peer reviewed publications and books including W. E. B. Du Bois and the Atlanta Sociological Laboratory: The First American School of Sociology (Routledge / Ashgate), What to Expect and How to Respond: Distress and Success in Academia (Rowman and Littlefield), The Ashgate Research Companion to Black Sociology (Ashgate), and Re-Positioning Race: Prophetic Research in a Post-Racial Obama Age (SUNY Press).
Earl Wright II was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. A product of the Memphis City School System, he graduated with the diploma from Trezevant High School in 1989. Later that year he entered college on a football scholarship at Kentucky State University (K-State). After a successful two year stint as the team’s starting wide receiver, he was ‘compelled’ to leave Frankfort because of his inability to afford tuition and because of his low grade point average. It is provident that he was ‘compelled’ to leave K-State since it is likely that he would have not graduated had he stayed. Upon his return to Memphis he began to take college seriously and eventually earned the Bachelors Degree in History and Masters Degree in Sociology from the University of Memphis. In 2000 Earl took the Doctorate Degree in Sociology at the University of Nebraska, where he founded a chapter of the Black Graduate Student Association, and later that year accepted employment at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida.
Over the next four years Dr. Wright intensely engaged in research on the Atlanta Sociological Laboratory, the moniker bestowed on scholars engaged in sociological inquiry at Atlanta University between 1895-1917. His groundbreaking research on the W. E. B. Du Bois led school challenged many of the accepted dogmas in American sociological history and has led to numerous revisions of the history of the discipline. After a successful tenure at the University of Central Florida he accepted employment at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee in 2005. In 2006 Dr. Wright accepted the position of Chairperson at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. After a successful 4 year tenure at Texas Southern University, Dr. Wright joined the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Cincinnati in the Fall of 2010 and transitioned to the Department of Sociology in the Fall of 2017.