Tucker received his bachelor's degree from Bates College in 1967, and his master's and doctorate from Princeton University. He joined the faculty at Rutgers University in 1970 and has been there since.
Tucker was a Psychometric Fellow for three years at Princeton, a position subsidized by Educational Testing Service. The majority of Tucker's scholarship has been about psychometrics, not in it. He currently sits on the advisory board of the Institute for the Study of Academic Racism.
He has written critical commentaries on several hereditarian psychologists known for their controversial work on race and intelligence. He has received awards for his research on Cyril Burt and the Pioneer Fund.
According to his website, "My research interests concern the use—or more properly the misuse—of social science to support oppressive social policies, especially in the area of race. I seek to explore how scientists in general, and psychologists in particular, have become involved with such issues and what effect their participation has produced."
- Tucker WH (1994a). Fact and Fiction in the Discovery of Sir Cyril Burt's Flaws. Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 30, 335-347.
- Tucker WH (1994b). The Science and Politics of Racial Research. University of Illinois Press. ISBN 0-252-02099-5
- Tucker WH (1997). Re-reconsidering Burt: Beyond a reasonable doubt. Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 33, 145-162.
- Tucker WH (2002). The Funding of Scientific Racism: Wycliff Draper and the Pioneer Fund. University of Illinois Press. ISBN 0-252-02762-0
- Tucker WH (2005). The Intelligence Controversy: A Guide to the Debates. ABC-Clio, Inc. ISBN 1-85109-409-1
- Tucker WH (2009). The Cattell Controversy: Race, Science, and Ideology, University of Illinois Press
- ISAR Advisor Council, Retrieved February 7, 2006
- University of Illinois Press: "Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Award, 1995. Winner of the Ralph J. Bunche Award, American Political Science Association, 1995. Outstanding Book from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in North America."
- Bill Tucker homepage via Rutgers University.
- Does Science Offer Support for Racial Separation? via Institute for the Study of Academic Racism.
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