Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois

Gregory Wilson

Junior Fellow of Sociology at Yale University, Visiting Lecturer of African American Studies, and Senior Instructor of English

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  • Tuesdays and Thursdays (10:00am-11:00am and 1:00pm-2:00pm) and by Appointment


A.M. in Social Sciences, The University of Chicago; Ed.M in Higher Education, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; B.A. in Political Science and English, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests include: Theoretical approaches to writing, structural based writing, writing as an intellectual conversation, dynamic audiences, African American Studies, public policy, and research methodology, particularly ethnography and survey methods.


BTW 250: Principles of Technical Writing , Rhetoric 105: Academic Writing, Afro 103: Black Women in the Diaspora

Research Interests

Though in an English Department, I study sociology with deep interests in Urban Sociology. My current work is twofold: (1) I am continuing an examination into the persistence of social disorganization in an urban space where a high degree of collective efficacy is present. Preliminary findings suggests collective efficacy is not enough to mediate social disorganization because of an oversaturation of community organizations, tensions between homeowners and indigenous residents, and the presence of what some community members characterize as ‘poverty pimps’. (2) I am in the beginning stages of a project that examines how the civil justice system structures (or mediates) social inequality. More specifically, I am interested in marginalized groups’ perceptions of and experience with civil justice in the context of the administrative hearings division in the City of Chicago. In general, my research interests include questions of how neighborhoods, particularly community-based organizations, structure (or mediate) social inequality in the lives of the most disadvantaged groups. I am interested in how disadvantaged groups interact with these organizations in an effort to access resources that improve their life chances.