Doris Wilkinson, UK sociology professor since 1985, was one of the first African-American students to study in UK’s undergraduate social work program. She graduated from UK in 1958 and earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1985, she was awarded a master’s of public health degree from Johns Hopkins University. She has received numerous awards for her teaching, including the 1992 Great Teacher Award from UK and the 1992 Distinguished Professor Award from the College of Arts and Sciences. She is a member of several professional associations and has served as president of the Society for the Study of Social Problems of the Eastern Sociological Society and as vice president of the American Sociological Association. She has published books and articles on sociology theory, race, class and gender. She has been a visiting professor at Harvard University, the University of Virginia and Smith College.