Campus: CSU Northridge -- July 23, 2003
Professor Emeritus Honored for Distinguished Career
Cal State Northridge professor emeritus Lewis Yablonsky has been honored
by the American Sociological Association for his distinguished career
and serving as a role model for others interested in social work.
Yablonsky will receive his award during a special ceremony in Atlanta,
Ga., next month.
Yablonsky said he felt privileged to receive the award.
“This particular award honors outstanding contributions to sociological
practice. The award recognizes work that has facilitated or served as
a model for the work of others,” Yablonsky said. “The award
focuses on work that has significantly advanced the utility of one or
more areas in sociology and, by doing so, has elevated the professional
status or public image of the field as a whole. It also honors work
that has been widely recognized outside the discipline for the significant
impact it’s had, particularly in advancing human welfare.”
Yablonsky started teaching sociology and criminology at CSUN in 1963
and he retired in 1996. He has written approximately 16 books, has presented
many lectures and papers at numerous academic conferences and today
serves as an expert witness for the criminal justice system, in primarily
gang juvenile court cases. He is currently working on his 17th book,
Criminology: Into the 21st Century.
The knowledge Yablonsky has gained from the seven to ten thousand interviews
he has conducted with gang members over the last 25 years has placed
him in the unique position of understanding the dangers and nuances
of the gang “culture.”
“I probably have a lot more to give now than ever before in my
life. I’ve learned what it’s like to be the underdog,”
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