Having received his PhD in 2011 from Northwestern University in sociology, Professor Hunter is generally interested in race, sexuality, urban race relations, politics, history and change with an especial focus on urban black Americans. His first book, Black Citymakers: How the Philadelphia Negro Changed Urban America (Oxford University Press, FINALIST for C. Wright Mills Award 2013) revisits the Black Seventh Ward neighborhood immortalized in W.E.B. DuBois’s The Philadelphia Negro, following the transformation of the neighborhood from predominantly black at the beginning of the 20th century into a largely white upper middle class and commercial neighborhood by the century’s conclusion. His research has benefited from grants from the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Professor Hunter's current book project, Chocolate Cities (with Dr. Zandria F. Robinson, University of Memphis) explores the varying experiences and politics of urban Black Americans across the United States since 1900. In addition, Hunter’s research and commentary on urban black life and inequality has been featured in journals and news media such as CSPAN's BookTV, the Du Bois Review, Current Anthropology, City & Community, Sexuality Research & Social Policy, Talking Points Memo, the Washington Post and the New York Times.