Sociologist; university professor. Born– August 25, 1901, Trinidad, British West Indies. Parents– William Raphael and Virginia (Austin) Cox. Moved to the U.S., 1919; became an American citizen,  July 14, 1926. Education– Northwestern University, B.S.L., 1928, University of Chicago, M.A., 1932; Ph.D. 1938. Professor; Wiley College, Marshall, Tex., 1938-1944; Tuskegee Institute, 1944-1949; Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Mo., 1949-1974; Wayne State University, 1970-74. Published many articles in professional journals. Member American Economics Association; American Sociological Association; National Education Association; Society for Social Research and other professional associations. Awarded LL.D. , Wiley College, 1945; George Washington Carver award in 1948 for Caste, Class, and Race. The American Sociological Association created the Oliver C. Cox Award for the best book in sociology;  George Washington University named a Scholarship Fund in his honor.  Died September 4, 1974.


Contemporary Authors online; African-American Registry online; article “Oliver C. Cox: A Biographical Sketch of his Life and Work,” by Herbert M. Hunter; Phylon, vol. 44 (1983), 249-261.


Capitalism and American Leadership. New York; Philosophical Library, 1962.

Capitalism as a System. New York; Monthly Review, 1964.

Caste, Class, and Race; a Study in Social Dynamics. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1948.

The Foundations of Capitalism. New York; Philosophical Library, 1959.

Jewish Self-Interest and Black Pluralism.  1974.

Origin of Direct-Action Protest Among Negroes. New York; Bell and Howell, 1973.

Race: A Study in Social Dynamics.  Monthly Review  Press, 2000.

Race Relations; Elements and Social Dynamics. Detroit; Wayne University Press, 1976.