Research Interests: Urban Sociology with a focus on New York City, Ethnography, Immigration, Race & Ethnic Relations, Race and Ethnic Relations, Market Research and Consumer Behavior
William B. Helmreich is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Sociology at CIty College of New York and The Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. He also teaches at the CUNY Graduate School and is a member of the Executive Committee and the Faculty Membership Committee of its Ph.D. Program in Sociology. Professor Helmreich's specialty areas are urban sociology with a focus on New York City, ethnography, immigration, race and ethnic relations, market research and consumer behavior, and religion. Professor Helmreich is the author or editor of eighteen books, including,The New York Nobody Knows: Walking 6,000 Miles in the City (Princeton University Press); The Brooklyn Nobody Knows: An Urban Walking Guide (Princeton); The Manhattan Nobody Knows: An Urban Walking Guide (Princeton): The Queens Nobody Knows: An Urban Walking Guide (Princeton); The Things they Say Behind your Back:Stereotypes and the Myths Behind Them (Doubleday); Against All Odds: Holocaust Survivors and the Successful Lives they Made in America (Simon and Schuster); The Black Crusaders: A Case Study of a Black Militant Organization (Harper & Row); and Afro-Americans and Africa: Black Nationalism At the Crossroads (Greenwood Press). Professor Helmreich has written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Newsday and has been the subject of two feature articles in The New Yorker Magazine, one in Talk of the Town and the other an in-depth profile of his sociological work. He is also the subject of a New Yorker youtube.
Finally, he has also been a guest on Oprah Winfrey, Larry King, Sunday Morning CBS News with Charles Osgood, CNN, NPR, PBS, BBC and a guest anchor on NBC TV News.