Dr. Obie Clayton, Jr.

Clayton Donald L. Hollowell Distinguished Professor of Social Justice and Civil Rights Studies

Ph.D., Sociology, Emory University
M.A., Sociology, Emory University
B.A., Religion/Sociology, Millsaps College

Tucker Hall 205
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
Email: oclayton@uga.edu 
Phone: (706) 542-7662
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Before joining the School of Social Work, Clayton served as the director of sponsored programs and director of the Morehouse Research Institute at Morehouse College.

Prior to that, he was chair and professor of the Department of Sociology and executive director of the Morehouse Research Institute.  He also served as the vice provost for research at Morehouse College and was editor of Challenge: A Journal of Research on African American Men.    

Over his career, Clayton has garnered over $10 million in grants. All of his work is centered on individuals who have been disenfranchised. Some of his recent work has dealt with those in the prison systems and those who find themselves victims of substance abuse or homeless. “When we think of social justice and civil rights studies, these are populations at risk and their liberties must be supported, regardless of color of skin or economic status,” he said.

For the last 6 years, Clayton has used a grant to teach relationship skills and financial literacy to underserved and at-risk populations. He is currently seeking funding to research the effects of the recession on the economic position of middle class African Americans. 

He has served on the boards of the Supreme Court of Georgia’s Commission on Children, Marriage and Law, and the Atlanta Crime Commission.  He currently serves on the Board of the Atlanta based Disability Resource Group and holds membership in the American Sociological Association, Georgia Sociological Society, American Society of Criminology and the Mid-South Sociological Association, which he served as president in 2002. 

In his new role at UGA, Clayton is designing a “Hollowell Symposium” that will annually invite nationally and internationally known presenters who have done work in the civil rights and peace movement arena.  He also is working on designing courses in social work to introduce students to justice studies and other contemporary issues that social workers may face.  This spring, he plans to teach a course on civil rights.

Teaching Specialties:
Justice studies, Civil Rights

Research Interests:
Research Methods, Urban Inequality, Race Relations, Demography and Family

For more information, please contact us at oclayton@uga.edu.