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Hill, Michael R. 1998. “Edward Alsworth Ross in Chicago.” Sociological Origins 1 (Summer): 14-18.


Copyright 1998 Michael R. Hill


THE NAMES “Edward A. Ross” and “Chicago sociology” are not usually linked today in sociological accounts of the discipline, but the connections are nonetheless tangible. Ross’s work at Stanford, Nebraska, and Wisconsin is, perhaps, better known (Hertzler 1951; Hill forthcoming; Hinkle 1980; Howard 1988; Keith 1988; Weinberg 1972) and has overshadowed Ross’ ties to Chicago. The “symposium” presented below in this issue of SOCIOLOGICAL ORIGINS celebrates Ross’ place in Chicago sociology.

The record shows that Ross taught briefly in 1896 as a Visiting Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago, lectured informally to the University of Chicago Sociological Club, and served as an Advisory Editor of the American Journal of Sociology (from 1895 onward) at the invitation of AlbionW. Small. Further, Ross frequented Hull-House, center of the active and influentialwomen’s network ofChicago sociology(Deegan 1988: 12), and lectured at the Chicago City Club. A host of prominent Chicago sociologists, faculty as well as former University of Chicago students, including Emory S. Bogardus (1923), Earl S. Johnson (1933), Robert Park (1928), E.B. Reuter (1938), Albion W. Small (1904, 1905, 1908, 1920), and George E. Vincent (1909), reviewed Ross’ books in the influential pages of the American Journal of Sociology.