Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Ernest Watson Burgess (May 16, 1886 â€“ December 27, 1966) he was born in Tilbury, Ontario. He was educated at Kingfisher College in Oklahoma. He continued graduate studies in sociology at the University of Chicago. In 1916, he returned to the University of Chicago, as a faculty member. Burgess was hired as an urban sociologist at the University of Chicago. Burgess also served as the 24th President of the American Sociological Association (ASA).