Professor Emeritus, Family Science
Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health | Room: 1142 School of Public Health

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Education and Training

Ph.D., Social Policy and Social Research, Florence Heller School of Brandeis University, 1964

Honors and Awards
  • Author of seven books, including: The Black Church and Social Reform (1999); Climbing Jacob's Ladder (1992); Black Families in White America (1968, 1988); The Evolution of the Black Family(1974); Children of the Storm: Black Children in American Child Welfare (1971).
  • Author of three major grants totaling $700,000 from the Ford Foundation and the Lilly Endowment.
  • Recipient of numerous professional awards including: Community Leadership Award (1988) from the National Council of Negro Women; Marie Peters Award from the National Council on Family Relations (1989); DuBois, Johnson, Frazier Award from the American Sociological Association (1992); Distinguished Scholar Award (1991) and Pioneer Sociologist Award (1993) from the Association of Black Sociologists.
  • Co-chair of Task Force on Children of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS; Advisory Board Member of the National Parenting Association, the National Institute of Responsible Fatherhood, and the Program Center of the National Council of Negro Women.
  • President and Professor of Sociology, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Vice President for Academic Affairs, Howard University, Washington, D.C.

Billingsley, A. (1999). Mighty like a river: The Black church and social reform. New York: Oxford University Press.

Billingsley, A. (1998). "Introduction" to Robert B. Hill: The strengths of African American families: Twenty five years later. Washington, DC: R & B Publishing.

Rubin, R. H., Billingsley, A., & Caldwell, C. H. (1995). The Black church and youth-at-risk for incarceration.Monograph on Youth in the 1990s, 4, 61-74.

Billingsley, A., & Caldwell, C. H. (1994). The social relevance of the contemporary Black church. National Journal of Sociology, 8(1-2), 1-24. Billingsley, A. (1992). Climbing Jacob's ladder: The enduring legacy of African American families. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Billingsley, A. (1988). Black families in White America. New York: Simon & Schuster.