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Edward O. Laumann

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    Courses Taught

    Special Fields

    Awards and Fellowships

    Professional Memberships

    American Sociological Association, 1964-
    American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1967-
    International Sociological Association, 1972-
    Midwest Sociological Society, 1974-
    Sociological Research Association, 1974
    International Network for Social Network Analysis, Advisory Board, 1977-1982
    Society for the Scientific Study of Sex, 1994-
    Population Association of America, 1994-


    American Men and Women of Science
    Contemporary Authors
    Dictionary of International Biography
    International Scholars Directory
    International Who's Who in Education
    International Who's Who in Sociology
    Who's Who in Behavioral Science
    Who's Who in the World
    Who's Who in the Midwest
    Who's Who in North America

    Professional Activities

    Associate Editor, Sociological Inquiry, 1967-1974

    Associate Editor, American Sociological Review, 1970-1973

    Academic Editor, Series on Social Inequality, Scott-Foresman Company, 1970

    Member, Sociology Panel, National Science Foundation, 1971-1973

    Executive Board Member, Committee on Community Research, International Sociological Association, 1973-1976

    Examination Committee for Sociology Graduate Record Examination, Educational Testing Service, 1973-1976

    Chair, Examination Committee, Sociology Graduate Record Examination, Educational Testing Service, 1976-1978

    Associate Editor, American Journal of Sociology, 1974-1976

    Member, Program Committee for the Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, 1978

    Panelist, N.S.F./Nato Postdoctoral Fellowships in Science, March 24-26, 1977

    Chair, Nominating Committee of the Section on Community Sociology, American Sociological Association, 1976-1977

    Member, Editorial Board, Social Networks, 1977-1982

    Editor, American Journal of Sociology, 1978-1984

    Member, Membership Committee, Sociological Research Association, 1980-1981

    Council Member, Section on Community, American Sociological Association, 1980-1981

    Member, Selection Committee for Distinguished Contributions to Scholarship, American Sociological Association, 1985-1987

    Trustee, National Opinion Research Corporation, 1984- ; Member of Trustee Executive Committee, 1985-

    Vice President, Board of Trustees, National Opinion Research Corporation, 1985-

    Trustee, Board of Benton Education Trust Fund, 1985-1991

    Chair, Board of Directors of Benton Center for Curriculum and Instruction, 1986-1991

    Chair, Visiting Committee to the Department of Sociology, Harvard University, 1985-1990

    Commissioner, Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, 1985-1991

    Co-chairman, Advisory committee for the study of behavioral and organizational factors in the adoption and implementation of workplace technologies, National Academy of Engineering and NRC Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, 1987-1989

    Co-chair, Symposium: "Designing for technological change: People in the process." Sponsored by the National Academy of Engineering and CBASSE, Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center, National Academy of Sciences, Irving California, March 13-14, 1989

    Co-chair, Workshop on understanding sexual behavior for intervention purposes: needs for future research. International Conference on Assessing AIDS Prevention, Montreaux, Switzerland, October 29 - November 1, 1990

    Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, Adolescent Health Study (ADD Health), 1994-1997

    Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, Survey Measurement of Sensitive Behaviors Using Audio-CASI, Research Triangle Institute, 1994-

    Member, Institute of Medicine Workshop, Assessing the Social and Behavioral Science Base for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Intervention, July 1995.

    Chair, Session on The Social Organization of Sexuality, Annual Meetings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Atlanta, Georgia, February 17, 1995.

    Co-Organizer (with Virginia Cain), Sexual Behavior, Health and STDs (including AIDS), Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, San Francisco, California, April 6-9, 1995.

    Member, Behavioral Research Planning Group, National Institute of Health Budget Priorities 1997, Office of AIDS Research, February 28 - March 2, 1995

    Editor, American Journal of Sociology, 1995-1997

    Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, University of California, San Francisco, 1995-

    Member, External Advisory Committee, University of Washington, Sexually Transmitted Diseases Cooperative Reearch Center, 1996-

    Organizer, Session on Organizations, Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, Washington, D. C. August 1995.

    Member-at-Large, Section Committee, Section on Social, Econmic, and Political Sciences (K), American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1997-2000.

    Member, Scientific Advisory Panel, Pfizer U.S. Pharmaceuticals Group, 1997-1998.

    Participant, Ad hoc Joint Workshop of the American Sociological Association, American Anthropological Association, and COSSA to review draft study section regulations of the National Institute of Health, Washington, D.C., October 2, 1998.

    Member, Committee #1, "Epidemiology and natural history and risk factors including iatrogenic and aging." 1st International Consultation on Erectile Dysfunction. World Health Organization, Paris, France, July 1-3, 1999.

    Member, National Scientific Advisory Committee for the National Study of Adolescent Health. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 1998-

    Member, American Sociological Association's planning meeting on Prospective Campaign: Sociology for a New Century, Washington, D.C., June 29, 1999.

    Research and Teaching Experience

    Summers of 1960, 1961, 1962: Junior Professional (GS-7, GS-9) (Analytical Statistician) at Population Division of U. S. Bureau of the Census, Washington, DC

    1963-1963: Tutor in Social Relations at Quincy House, Harvard

    1962-1965: Talcott Parsons' research associate for the AAUP study of the academic profession

    1965-1966: Principal Investigator, Detroit Area Study

    1964-1969: Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Michigan

    1968-1969: Acting Associate Chairman, Department of Sociology, University of Michigan

    1969-1973: Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Michigan

    1970-1971: Faculty Research Fellow, Zentralarchiv für empirische Socialforschung, Universität zu Köln, Germany

    1971 : Visiting Professor of Sociology, University of Kent, Canterbury, England, Trinity Term

    1971-1972: Director, Center for Research on Social Organization, University of Michigan

    1973 : Visiting Professor, University of Chicago, January 1973 - June 1973

    1973 : Professor, University of Chicago

    1974-1981: Director, Center for Social Organization Studies, University of Chicago

    1974- : Affiliated Scholar, American Bar Foundation

    1975 : Distinguished Visiting Professor, Utah State University

    1979 : Visiting Professor, Christian-Albrechts-Universitat, Kiel, West Germany, July

    1981-1984: Chair, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago

    1983-1989: Director, William F. Ogburn/Samuel A. Stouffer Center for the Study of Population and Social Organization

    1984-1992: Dean, Division of the Social Sciences, University of Chicago

    1984- : Vice Chair, National Opinion Research Center's Board of Trustees, and member of Executive Committee

    1985- : George Herbert Mead Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology, University of Chicago

    June 1987: Visiting Professor, Christian-Albrechts-Universitat, Kiel, West Germany,

    1987 - Current: Assistant Director, Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago

    1988-1989: Co-chair, NAE/CBASSE Workshop on Adoption of Workplace Technologies, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, June 5-8, 1988, March 13-14, 1989

    1989-1994 : Lecturer, Management Development Seminar, University of Chicago, at Vail, Colorado, July - August

    1992-1993: Provost, University of Chicago

    1992-1993: Member, Board of Governors, Argonne National Laboratory

    1992-1993: Member, University of Chicago Hospitals Board of Trustees

    1994 - Current : Director, Ogburn Stouffer Center for Population and Social Organization, University of Chicago

    1997-1999: Chair, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago

    1999: Distinguished guest professor, London School of Economics

    Title of Doctoral Thesis Urban Social Stratification, Harvard University, 1964.


    Research in Progress

    1. Principal Investigator (with Robert T. Michael), NICHD grant (start date, winter 1994) that interviewed in 1995-1997 cross-section samples of adults living in households aged 18 to 59, in Chicago about their sexual practices and related attitudes, beliefs, and knowledge. The objective was to develop a comprehensive view of the social organization of sexuality. In addition to a survey of a representative sample of Cook County residents, we deployed institutional ethnographers to describe the relevant neighborhood institutions (including health care clinics, churches, community organizations and the police) in three Chicago neighborhoods as they relate to sexual conduct and its consequences for these local residents. Oversamples of local residents (N=400 each) permit examination of the interface between residents and their local institutions.

    2. Co-principal investigator (with John P. Heinz and Robert Nelson), American Bar Foundation grant to interview 800 lawyers with law offices in the City of Chicago as a twenty-year follow-up on the 1974 survey reported in Chicago Lawyers.

    3. Co-Principal Investigator (with William Parish, National Survey of Chinese Sexual Practices, funded by NICHD, with Professor Pan Suiming (Renmin University, Beijing, China).

    4. Principal Investigator (With Robert T. Michael), for planning grant to do the ten-year follow-up in 2002, of the National Health and Social Life Survey (1992). The grant will support exploration of the issues in study design and methodology raised in replicating the NHSLS, expanding population coverage to include older respondents (past 60 years of age), interviewing sexual partners, re-interviewing respondents over time (longitudinal design), and sampling community contexts.

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