Professor of Sociology
Albert and Vera List Academic Center
Terry Williams is a Professor of Sociology at the New School for Social Research. He specializes in teenage life and culture, drug abuse, crews and gangs, and violence and urban social policy. He is the author of The Con Men: Hustling in New York City (Columbia, 2015); Harlem Supers: The Social Life of a Community in Transition (2015); Crackhouse: Notes from the End of the Line (1993); and The Cocaine Kids: The Inside Story of a Teenage Drug Ring (1989); and is the founder and director of the Harlem Writers Crew Project, a multimedia approach to urban education for center city and rural youths.
Concentrations: Race; drug culture; urban life; poverty.
PhD 1978, City University of New York
On Ethnography, co-author with Sarah Daynes, Polity Press, 2018
Harlem Supers: The Social Life of a Community in Transition, Palgrave, 2016
Teenage Suicide Notes: An Ethnography of Self Harm, Columbia University Press, 2016
The Con Men: Hustling in New York City, Columbia University Press, 2015
The Uptown Kids: Stuggle and Hope in the Projects, Putnam, 1994
Crackhouse: Notes from the End of the Line, Penguin Randomhouse, 1992
The Cocaine Kids: The Inside Story of a Teenage Drug Ring, Da Capo, 1989
Growing Up Poor, Lexington, 1985
Sex and the city; urban drug culture; violence and crime.
Ethnographic Field Methods
The Living Book