Judith Seltzer

My research interests include kinship patterns, intergenerational obligations, relationships between nonresident fathers and children, and how legal institutions and other policies affect family change. I am especially interested in kinship institutions that are in flux, such as marriage and cohabitation in the contemporary United States or divorced and non-marital families. I also explore ways to improve the quality of survey data on families. In 2013 my colleagues and I added a module with family rosters to the Panel Study of Income Dynamics to provide new data on U.S. family networks. My teaching focuses on family and kinship and on population-related topics. I am currently a member of the Committee on National Statistics of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. I am a past president of the Population Association of America and have held elected offices in the American Sociological Association’s sections on family (which I chaired) and population.

Jeffrey Prager

Special interest in past social traumas, and the relation between mechanisms of forgiveness and reparations to the creation of post-traumatic solidaristic communities.

John Heritage

This involves looking at social interaction from the point of view of how it is constructed, the social, cultural and psychological factors that impact its implementation, and its impact on social outcomes, including the distribution of goods and services and the (re-)production of social structure. 

Robert M. Emerson

 Many of my writings examine the processes of doing ethnographic research, beginning with how fieldworkers orient to and record written accounts of ongoing social interaction, ending with how researchers can produce empirically grounded analyses of ongoing social life from these accounts.

Duane Champagne

Empirically, I have looked at institutional change and variation among native American societies and their social, economic and political responses to Western influences (i.e. incorporation into the world system, geopolitical competition and trans-societal cultural interactions). Other related interests include theory, historical and comparative analysis, and fieldwork.

Maurice Zeitlin


1.organized Jewish resistance in Nazi-occupied Europe, 1940-45.

2. interracial working-class solidarity and black/white inequality in the United States

William Roy

Surveying the history of commercial popular music in the 20th century, I am constructing an account of how a broad variety of factors, including technology, markets, allied fields (radio, cinema, etc.), institutional processes, culture, and the social composition of society shaped the genre system.  The particular historical focus is the rise and decline of a musical main stream in mid-century.

Ruth Milkman

Her early research focused on the impact of economic crisis and war on women workers in the 1930s and 1940s.  She then went on to study the restructuring of the U.S.

Robert Mare

 (1) dynamic analysis of residential mobility and residential segregation; (2) educational assortative mating and marriage markets; (3) the joint analysis of social mobility, fertility, marriage, and other demographic processes; (4) multigenerational processes and social mobility.

Michael Mann

Additionaly the author of: "Fascists", a comparative study of fascists in six European countries; and "The Darkside of Democracy: Explaining Ethnic Cleansing", a comparative and historical analysis of murderous cleansing.


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