Researcher of Sociology
830 Westview Drive, SW Atlanta, GA 30314
Dr. Obie Clayton is Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Morehouse College. He is also the Executive Director of the Morehouse Research Institute and the Chivers ﾖ Grant Institute for the Study of Family and Community Issues. Dr. Clayton received his undergraduate degrees in Religion and Sociology from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi and the Master's and Doctoral degrees from Emory University. Dr. Clayton has held teaching positions at the following institutions: Millsaps College, Atlanta University, the University of Massachusetts at Boston and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. His Research and teaching interests are primarily in the areas of family studies, stratification and crime and delinquency. Dr. Clayton's current funded research is in the area of health disparities and teenage sexuality. He has received funding in the past from the Office of Population Affairs/DHHS to train young men in safe sex behavior and responsible health practices. Dr. Clayton is also the Principal Investigator for the National Minority Male Health Project funded by the Office of Minority Health/DHHS. Other research activities include studies of urban inequality and he was part of a research team that studied this problem in four American cities: Atlanta, Boston, Detroit and Los Angeles. This study was funded by the Ford and Russell Sage Foundations. Other research projects which Dr. Clayton is involved include: (1) a study of the impact of immigration on the Atlanta workforce (funded by the Bureau of the Census) (2) Jobs and Job Training for African Americans (funded by the Department of Labor) and (3) the impact of Mass Transit in Atlanta (funded by the Department of Transportation). Dr. Clayton also received a grant from the National Science Foundation to expand the infrastructure of Morehouse College to conduct basic and exploratory research on the etiology of violence and asocial behavior.
- Emory University, Ph.D., Sociology, 1981
Dissertation: An Empirical Investigation into Criminal Behavior and Sentencing in Georgia: 1975-80
- Emory Univeristy, M.A., Sociology, 1978
Thesis: Indicators of Age at First Marriage: A Marriage Model
- Milsaps College, B.A., Religion/Sociology, 1976, Cum Laude - Honors in Religion
- Meridian Senior High (Meridian, MI), High-School Diploma with Honors, 1972
- President, Mid-South Sociological Association, 2002
- The Meyers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America, 1997
- American Sociological Association's Spivak Award for Dissertation Research American Sociological Association Fellowship, 1979
- ETA Sigma Phi (Academic Honorary), 1975
- Omicron Delta Kappa (Academic and Service Honorary), 1975
- Emory University Fellowship
- Director of Sponsored Programs and Director of the Morehouse Research Institute, January 5, 2008-Present
- Chair and Professor of the Department of Sociology and Executive Director of the Morehouse Research Institute, January 2001-Dec. 31, 2008
- Vice Provost for Research and Executive Director of the Morehouse Research Institute, Associate Professor of Sociology and Editor of Challenge: A Journal of Research on African American Men. January 1996 - October 1998
- Executive Director of the Morehouse Research Institute, Associate Professor of Sociology and Editor of Challenge: A Journal of Research on African American Men. August 1992 ﾖ January 2001
- Associate Professor and Graduate Faculty Fellow, Department of Criminal Justice, University of Nebraska at Omaha.1988 - August 1992. Courses: Statistics, Research Methods, Juvenile Delinquency
- Associate Professor 1986 - December 1988. The Atlanta University Courses: Research Methods, Statistics, Population. Research Associate - The Center on Health and Aging.
- Assistant Professor, 1982 - May 1986. University of Massachusetts/Boston,
Courses: Corrections, Juvenile Delinquency, Deviancy, Research Methods, Demography.
- Assistant Professor, 1979 ﾖ 1981.Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia 30314
Courses: Demography, Analysis & Design, Punishment & Corrections, Industrial Sociology, Social Psychology, Sociology of Aging, Social Problems.
- Instructor, Millsaps College, Jackson, Mississippi, 39301
Courses: Introduction to Sociology, Marriage & Family. Summer 1978.