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Cedric Herring

Professor of Sociology

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Department of Sociology


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Cedric Herring is a professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago and in the Institute of Government and Public Affairs. He also is a faculty associate at the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago. Professor Herring's areas of interest and expertise include social policy, labor force issues and policies, stratification and inequality, and the sociology of black Americans.

Professor Herring participated in hearings before the state's advisory committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on the status of affirmative action in higher education. After his and others' testimony, the commission recommended to President Clinton against weakening affirmative action requirements.

Professor Herring is also very interested in the international aspects of public policy. In 2004, he was featured in a Chicago Defender article entitled "Study: Blacks, Whites Differ on Foreign Policy." He has also drafted a proposal to create "The Leadership Exchange," an international exchange program for opinion leaders in North America and Europe.

Professor Herring received his B.A. from University of Houston in 1980, his M.A. from University of Michigan in 1981, and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1985.