Sherman James, a social epidemiologist, is the Susan B. King Professor Emeritus of Public Policy at Duke University. Prior to Duke (2003-14), he was a professor of epidemiology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (1973-89) and the University of Michigan (1989-03). At Michigan, he was the John P. Kirscht Collegiate Professor of Public Health; the Founding Director of the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health (CRECH); Chair of the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education; and a Senior Research Scientist in the Survey Research Center at the Institute for Social Research.
Dr. James received the AB degree (Psychology and Philosophy) from Talladega College (AL) in 1964, and the PhD degree in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, in 1973.
Dr. James was elected to the National Academy of Medicine, of the National Academy of Sciences, in 2000, and to the American Academy of Political and Social Science, in 2016. He has received the following additional awards and honors: the 2001 Abraham Lilienfeld Award from the Epidemiology section of the American Public Health Association (APHA) for career excellence in the teaching of epidemiology; a 2008 Health Policy Investigator Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; the 2013 John Cassel Lecture and Award from the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER); the 2016 Wade Hampton Frost Lecture and Award from the Epidemiology Section of APHA for career contributions to the field of epidemiology; the 2019 Kenneth Rothman Career Accomplishment Award from SER; and a 2018-2019 fellowship at Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.
Dr. James served as an Associate Editor of Ethnicity & Disease (1989-1995) and the American Journal of Public Health (2003-2007). In 2007-08, he served as president of the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER), the largest professional organization of epidemiologists in North America. In 2008, he was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Washington University in St. Louis.