Christopher R. BrowningChristopher R. Browning
Distinguished Professor of Sociology
College of Arts and Sciences
Ohio State University

Professor Browning’s research interests include the causes and consequences of community social organization; the neighborhood and activity space context of crime, risk behavior, and health; network approaches to estimating spatial exposures; and multilevel statistical models. His current projects apply the concepts of activity space and ecological networks to research on the mechanisms linking contextual exposures (e.g., neighborhoods and schools) to youth behavioral health and well-being. He is Principal Investigator on the Adolescent Health and Development in Context (AHDC) study - a large scale, longitudinal investigation of the link between sociospatial exposures and developmental outcomes among youth in Franklin County, OH. He earned his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1997.


Ron BurtRon Burt
The Hobart W. Williams Professor of Sociology and Strategy
Booth School of Business
University of Chicago

Professor Burt’s work describes social networks creating advantage.  Applications focus on personal networks and the network structure of markets.  His college work at Johns Hopkins University included pre-medical training, physiological psychology, and behavioral science.  He graduated from Chicago with a Ph.D. in sociology, then was on the faculty at Berkeley, Albany, and Columbia before returning to the University of Chicago in 1993.  In 1999, he left to learn more about European business as the Shell Professor of Human Resources at INSEAD.  In 2000, he left to learn more about practical implementation as the Vice President of Strategic Learning in Raytheon Company. 


Kathleen CagneyKathleen Cagney
Professor of Sociology and the College
Deputy Dean, Division of the Social Sciences
The University of Chicago

Kathleen Cagney, Ph.D., is Professor of Sociology and the College and Deputy Dean of the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. Her work examines social inequality and its relationship to health with a focus on neighborhood, race, and aging and the life course. She brings urban sociological theory and methods to research on health, including new approaches to characterizing a neighborhood’s influence. Cagney is Director of the Population Research Center, Co-Director of the Center on the Demography and Economics of Aging, and a Senior Fellow at the National Opinion Research Center. She also directs the University of Chicago’s Health Services Research Training Program. 


Elisabeth ClemensElisabeth Clemens
The William Rainey Harper Distinguished Service Professor
Department of Sociology and the College
The University of Chicago

Professor Clemens’ research focuses on the role of social movements and organizational innovation in political change. Her first book, The People's Lobby: Organizational Innovation and the Rise of Interest Group Politics in the United States, 1890-1925 (Chicago 1997) was recognized by the American Sociological Association as an exceptional work of both organizational sociology and political sociology. In addition to numerous articles and chapters, Clemens has co-edited multiple volumes including Remaking Modernity:  Politics, History, Sociology (Duke 2006) and Politics and Partnerships: Voluntary Associations in America’s Political Past and Present (Chicago 2010) which won a research prize from the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action. Her forthcoming book, Civic Gifts (Chicago 2019) will examine how benevolence and liberalism shaped the development of the American nation-state. Clemens is a former president of the Social Science History Association (2012-2013). She also chaired UChicago’s Department of Sociology from 2012-2015, and served as Master of the Social Sciences Collegiate Division from 2008-2011 and 2017-18. She is currently editor of the American Journal of Sociology.


Daniel CornfieldDaniel Cornfield
Professor of Sociology, Political Science, and American Studies
Vanderbilt University

Professor Cornfield’s work on artist careers, labor, civil rights, and immigration addresses the formation of inclusive and expressive occupational communities and their impact on cultural pluralism. His work has been widely published in social science journals, including the American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, and the ILR Review.  Among his books are Becoming a Mighty Voice (Russell Sage Foundation) and Worlds of Work (Springer), co-edited with Randy Hodson. His Beyond the Beat: Musicians Building Community in Nashville (Princeton University Press)  addresses how indie musicians strengthen their inclusive and diversifying peer community of artists in the contemporary era of the gig economy and heightened identity politics, based on his in-depth interviews with 75 Nashville popular-music musicians.  He has chaired the Metropolitan Nashville Human Relations Commission, advised WNPT (Nashville public television) in the production of its Emmy Award-winning documentary series on Nashville immigrants “Next Door Neighbors,” and presently advises the Future of Music Coalition on its artist revenue streams project and the National Endowment of the Arts on its research lab initiative, “The Arts, Creativity, Cognition and Learning.” He is also Editor-in-Chief of Work and Occupations, and a Fellow of the Labor and Employment Relations Association. Cornfield earned his BA (1974), MA (1977), and PhD (1980) all in sociology from the University of Chicago.


Ben Cornwell Ben Cornwell
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Cornell University

Cornwell’s research focuses on the implications of socially networked and sequenced social processes for individuals and organizations – and, in particular, how such processes shape social stratification. He has documented the role of social network structure in a wide variety of processes, including the sale of drugs, risky sexual practices, sexual health, health, access to valuable resources like credit and expertise, and the decline of unions. His most recent work on social sequence analysis demonstrates how the ordering of social phenomena affects a variety of phenomena including the stress process and the creation of social networks themselves.

His most recent research focuses on (1) refining the measurement of egocentric social network change and (2) the application of social network methods to the analysis of ordered or sequenced social phenomena. With respect to the former, he devised a novel survey technique to collect the first nationally representative data on egocentric network change (in The National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project). His analysis of the resulting data has provided insight into how social networks change in later life and how such changes relate to well-being. His research on the dynamic nature of social networks in later life has been covered in dozens of media outlets, including CNN, The Huffington Post, MSNBC, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and LA Times. He has also discussed this work on radio talk shows, and during a live appearance on “Chicago Tonight.” His recent book, Social Sequence Analysis (2015, Cambridge University Press), provides a comprehensive guide for the measurement and representation of a wide variety of ordered social phenomena, such as sequences of real-time social activities throughput the course of the day. The book demonstrates how such complex phenomena can be analyzed using methods borrowed from biology and information science, such as optimal matching. The main contribution of this book, though, is to show how network analysis techniques can also be used to understand sequenced social phenomena such as real-time social activity and daily routines.


Aniruddha (Bobby) DasAniruddha (Bobby) Das
Associate Professor, Sociology
McGill University

Das received his PhD at the University of Chicago, and is now an Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology & Centre on Population Dynamics at McGill University, Montreal. He is a life course scholar who works at the intersection of the social and biological sciences. His past research has focused on stress-metabolic pathways through which social pathologies get “under the skin.” A second cluster, based on evolutionary theories, has been on mechanisms connecting egocentric networks and other proximal ecologies to sex hormone levels, and downstream to social or sexual behavior. His current slew of projects is on “nature of nurture” patterns—genetic pleiotropy and gene-environment correlations—and their life course consequences.  


Paula England Paula England
The Silver Professor of Sociology
New York University

Professor England is the author of two books, Households, Employment, and Gender and Comparable Worth, and over 100 articles. For decades, her research focused on occupational sex segregation, the sex gap in pay, and the effects of motherhood on women’s pay.  Recently, she has turned to research on contraception, nonmarital births, and sexualities. She is the winner of the American Sociological Association’s 1999 Jessie Bernard award for career contributions to scholarship on gender, the 2010 Distinguished Career award from the Family section of ASA, and the Population Association of America’s Harriet B. Presser Award for research on gender and demography.  In 2015, she was President of the American Sociological Association. In 2018, she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.


Roberto FernandezRoberto Fernandez
William F. Pounds Professor in Management and Professor of Organization Studies 
MIT Sloan School of Management

Professor Fernandez currently serves as the co-director of the Economic Sociology PhD Program and served as the head of the Behavioral and Policy Sciences area from 2008-2010. His research focuses on the areas of organizations, social networks, and race and gender stratification. Fernandez has extensive experience doing field research in organizations, including an exhaustive five-year case study of a plant retooling and relocation. His current research focuses on the organizational processes surrounding the hiring of new talent using data collected in 14 organizations. He is the author of more than 50 articles and research papers published in top academic journals in his field. Fernandez holds a BA in sociology from Harvard University and an MA and a PhD in sociology from the University of Chicago.


Noah FriedkinNoah Friedkin
Professor, Department of Sociology
University of California Santa Barbara

Prof. Friedkin's fields of study are social psychology, social networks, and mathematical sociology. The main line of his publications is a development of models of opinion dynamics in network structures that are special cases of the general discrete-time linear time-invariant state-space model. This work includes model evaluations with data collected in both laboratory and field settings.

Areas of interest include social psychology, social networks, mathematical sociology, and formal organizations. Friedkin’s publications, in the field of structural social psychology, have appeared in the American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Annual Review of Sociology, Social Psychology Quarterly, Administrative Science Quarterly, Social Forces, and Journal of Mathematical Sociology, among other outlets. His two books are  A Structural Theory of Social Influence (Cambridge University Press, 1998), and Social Influence Network Theory (Cambridge University Press, 2011), with Eugene Johnsen. He has served on the editorial boards of ASR, AJS, SPQ, and JMS. In 2005, he was elected to the Sociological Research Association.


Joe GalaskiewiczJoe Galaskiewicz
Professor of Sociology
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
University of Arizona

Professor Galaskiewicz is Director of Graduate Studies in Sociology and Director of the Certificate Program in Computational Social Science in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.  He received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology from the University of Chicago.  Prior to coming to Arizona he was Professor of Sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of Strategic Management & Organization in the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of Exchange Networks and Community Politics (Sage, 1979), Social Organization of an Urban Grants Economy: A Study of Business Philanthropy and Nonprofit Organizations (Academic Press, 1985), Advances in Social Network Analysis: Research in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (co-edited with Stanley Wasserman) (Sage, 1994), and Nonprofit Organizations in an Age of Uncertainty: A Study of Organizational Change (co-authored with Wolfgang Bielefeld) (Aldine de Gruyter, 1998).  The last book won the Best Book Award for 1999 from the Public and Nonprofit Division of the Academy of Management, was awarded the 1999 Virginia Hodgkinson Research Prize from the Independent Sector, and was named co-winner of the 2001 Association for Research on Nonprofit and Voluntary Action’s Award for the Outstanding Book in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research.  Professor Galaskiewicz has also published in the American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Administrative Science Quarterly, Annual Review of Sociology, Social Science Research, NVSQ, American Behavioral Scientist, Sociological Research and Methods, International Environmental Agreements, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Management Science, Urban Affairs Quarterly, and Sociological Quarterly among other places.


Dan Gaylin Dan Gaylin
NORC at the University of Chicago

Dan Gaylin is the President and Chief Executive Officer of NORC at the University of Chicago. Working closely with NORC’s Board of Trustees and senior leaders, he is responsible for all aspects of the organization’s strategic vision, daily operations, research agenda, and client offerings.

NORC is an objective, non-partisan, global research institution. With 2,500 employees, its primary offices are in Chicago and the Washington DC area, with multiple regional locations throughout the United States. The organization conducts approximately $180 million in research each year for government, nonprofit, and business clients in the United States and nearly 50 countries around the world. NORC’s work covers the full range of human experience including economics and the workforce, international development, education and learning, health and well-being, and society and public affairs. Founded in 1941, NORC has a long-standing reputation for scientific rigor, social responsibility, and innovative leadership in advancing the methods, scope, and accessibility of modern research.

Gaylin, who brings 30 years of experience spanning government, private consulting, and not-for-profit research organizations, joined NORC in 2000. He is a nationally recognized expert in program evaluation with a particular focus on health policy. A hallmark of his work has been leadership of many long-term, multimillion dollar research projects that combine primary data collection and analysis, analysis of existing data, and the use of qualitative research methods to gather and distill complex information into recommendations for improving policy, programs, and practice. He led the development of the congressionally mandated evaluation of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and directed major patient care demonstration evaluations for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Prior to joining NORC, Gaylin served as a Senior Advisor for Research and Planning at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Health Policy, in which he managed a portfolio of research projects designed to inform Secretarial-level policy initiatives. In addition, he was co-chair of the Prescription Drug Task Force that developed detailed information on prescription drug utilization, costs, and access in a special report to the White House. He also chaired an HHS-wide research coordination workgroup that was composed of all of the HHS Agency Directors and reported directly to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary.

Gaylin has published widely in leading peer-reviewed journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and Health Affairs. Guided by a deep passion for the effective dissemination of research, Gaylin co-founded the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research at NORC, an innovative partnership between NORC and The Associated Press, one of the world’s largest media organizations. In that role, he was co-author of the Center’s first study, “Civil Liberties and Security: 10 Years after 9/11.”

Gaylin is a frequent speaker both nationally and internationally on issues related to effective use of data and information to inform decision-making, the democratization of data, and data literacy. Central to these presentations is the importance of data quality and the imperative to keep people and social context at the center of data collection and analysis in a rapidly growing and evolving digital world. He holds an MPA in Health Policy and Quantitative Analysis from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, with an undergraduate degree in Biological Basis of Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania.


John P. Heinz
Research Professor Emeritus American Bar Foundation

Professor Heinz joined the Northwestern University faculty in 1965 and taught law there for 42 years.  In the 1980s, he was the executive director of the American Bar Foundation, and he is now a research professor emeritus at ABF.  With Ed Laumann, he co-authored numerous articles and three books: Chicago Lawyers (1982); The Hollow Core (1993); and Urban Lawyers (2005).  Heinz was the chairman of the professional advisory committee of the Cook County State’s Attorney, the delegate of the Association of American Law Schools to the American Council of Learned Societies, co-editor of Law and Social Inquiry, a member of the board of directors of Northwestern University Press, and president of the John Howard Association of Illinois.  A novel, which he claims is his first work of fiction, will be published this year.


James House James House
The Angus Campbell Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Survey Research, Public Policy, and Sociology
University of Michigan

House focuses on the role of social and psychological factors in the etiology and course of health and illness, including the role of psychosocial factors in understanding and alleviating social disparities in health and the way health changes with age. He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, and the National Academy of Sciences. At the Ford School he has taught courses on the relation between socioeconomic policy and health policy. Jim has co-edited Making Americans Healthier: Social and Economic Policy as Health Policy (with Bob Schoeni of the Ford School and others) and A Telescope on Society: Survey Research & Social Science at the University of Michigan and Beyond. He recently published Beyond Obamacare: Life, Death, and Social Policy (Russell Sage Foundation, June 2015). He received his PhD in social psychology from the University of Michigan.


Megan Huisingh-ScheetzMegan Huisingh-Scheetz, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Co-Director, Successful Aging and Frailty Evaluation (SAFE) Clinic
Section of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
University of Chicago

Dr. Huisingh-Scheetz is a Geriatrician with a Master’s degree in Epidemiology, whose work explores understanding the role of activity, sedentary behavior, and energy expenditure in the pathophysiology of frailty and aging. As a clinician investigator and NIA K23 recipient, her research has focused primarily on understanding how objectively measured activity and sedentary behavior patterns, resting metabolic rate, and body composition relate to frailty progression and frailty-related outcomes.  Her work includes analysis of accelerometry data collected in various settings to assess and trend activity patterns as a marker of frailty and to inform frailty activity interventions. As a clinician, she helped established a novel frailty evaluation clinic, the Successful Aging and Frailty Evaluation™ (SAFE) clinic, in which she assesses and manages frail elders. Huisingh-Scheetz’ clinical work has also motivated her work developing an age-adapated, technology-based program utilizing smart voice to aid in the long-term rehabilitation and socialization of frail elders.


Elbert HuangElbert Huang
Professor of Medicine
Director of the Center for Chronic Disease Research and Policy
The University of Chicago

Dr. Huang is a general internist who studies clinical and health policy issues at the intersection of diabetes, aging, and health economics. Using methods from health economics, the decision sciences, and clinical epidemiology, his research has provided the theoretical and evidence-base foundation for the concept of personalizing diabetes care goals as well as the contemporary natural history of the disease in older people.  Dr. Huang’s research has directly influenced modern diabetes care clinical practice guidelines for older people that now emphasize 1) individualization of glycemic goals, 2) the role of patient treatment preferences, 3) the clinical importance of hypoglycemia, and 4) management of geriatric conditions.

Dr. Huang received his A.B., M.D., and M.P.H. from Harvard and came to the University of Chicago in 2001.


David KnokeDavid Knoke
Professor of Sociology
University of Minnesota

Professor Knoke teaches and does research on diverse social networks, including political, economic, intra-  and interorganizational, healthcare, and terrorist & counterterror networks. Ed Laumann and he coauthored The Organizational State (University of Wisconsin Press, 1985). With Franz Urban Pappi and others, he coauthored Comparing Policy Networks (Cambridge University Press, 1996), and with Peter Marsden and others, Organizations in America (Sage, 1996). He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1972 and his M.A. from University of Chicago in 1970.


 Peter Marsden

Peter Marsden
The Edith and Benjamin Geisinger Professor of Sociology
Harvard University

Peter V. Marsden is the Edith and Benjamin Geisinger Professor of Sociology at Harvard University.  His fields of interest include social networks, organizational analysis, and social science methodology.  He studied under Edward Laumann’s guidance throughout his graduate education at the University of Chicago, from 1973 until 1979.  While there he worked on the later phases of Laumann and Pappi’s Altneustadt studies, throughout the Illinois community studies, and on early phases of the first Chicago lawyers project.  From 1997 through 2015 he was Co-Principal Investigator of the General Social Survey.


Martha McClintock Martha McClintock
The David Lee Shillinglaw Distinguished Service Professor in Psychology
The University of Chicago

McClintock is the Founder of the Institute for Mind and Biology, Co-Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Health Disparities Research (CIHDR), and holds joint appointments in the Departments of Psychology and Comparative Human Development, the Committees on Neurobiology and Evolutionary Biology, and the College. Dr. McClintock has been at the University of Chicago since 1976.

Dr. McClintock was the first researcher to discover menstrual synchronization among human females while still an undergraduate at Wellesley College. McClintock made this now famous discovery when she observed that the menstrual cycles among her dormitory mates became synchronized. After researching the topic further for her senior thesis, she concluded that the synchronization of the menstrual cycles among female friends and dormitory mates was caused by pheromones transmitted through social interaction. This research was later published in Nature (McClintock 1971).

Dr. McClintock's current research focuses on the interaction between behavior and reproductive endocrinology and immunology. Because behavior and endocrine function are reciprocally linked, Dr. McClintock focuses on the behavioral control of endocrinology, in addition to the hormonal and neuroendocrine mechanisms of behavior. Working with both animal and parallel clinical processes in humans, Dr. McClintock studies pheromones, sexual behavior, fertility and reproductive hormones. McClintock also studies the psychosocial origins of malignant and infectious disease, applying this to the dramatic health disparity in cancer promoting genes between African-American women and women of Northern European ancestry.

Professor McClintock is the recipient of numerous distinctions, including the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology, the University of Chicago's Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, and the Wellesley College Alumnae Achievement Award. McClintock is also an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Animal Behavior Society, the American Psychological Society, the American Psychological Association, and the International Academy of Sex Research.


Martina Morris Martina Morris
Professor of Sociology and Statistics
University of Washington

Morris is a sociologist with interests in the analysis of social structure and population dynamics. Her research is interdisciplinary, intersecting with demography, economics, epidemiology and public health, and statistics. Examples from my current projects include the study of partnership networks in the spread of HIV/AIDS, the impact of economic restructuring on inequality and mobility, and the development of Relative Distribution methods for statistical analysis. I joined the faculty at the University of Washington in September 2000.


Colm O’Muircheartaigh Colm O’Muircheartaigh
Harris School of Public Policy
The University of Chicago

Colm A. O'Muircheartaigh, professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, served as dean of Harris from 2009 to 2014. His research encompasses survey sample design, measurement errors in surveys, cognitive aspects of question wording, and latent variable models for nonresponse. He is a senior fellow in NORC, where he is responsible for the development of methodological innovations in sample design.

O'Muircheartaigh is co-principal investigator on the National Science Foundation's Center for Advancing Research and Communication in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, and on the National Institute on Aging's National Social Life Health and Aging Project. He is a member of the Committee on National Statistics of the National Academies and of the Federal Economic Statistics Advisory Committee, and serves on the board of Chapin Hall Center for Children.

O'Muircheartaigh joined Harris from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he was the first director of the Methodology Institute, the center for research and training in social science methodology, and a faculty member of the Department of Statistics from 1971. He has also taught at a number of other institutions, having served as a visiting professor at the Universities of Padova, Perugia, Firenze, and Bologna, and, since 1975, has taught at the Summer Institute of the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research.

Formerly president of the International Association of Survey Statisticians and a council member of the International Statistical Institute, O'Muircheartaigh is actively involved in these and a number of other professional bodies. He is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute. He was a member of the U.S. Census Bureau Federal Advisory Committee of Professional Associations (chair of the statistics subcommittee), a member of the Advisory Boards of the Panel Study on Income Dynamics and the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), and a member of the National Academies Panel on Residence Rules for the 2010 Census. He has served as a consultant to a wide range of public and commercial organizations in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, and the Netherlands. Through his work with the United Nations (FAO, UNDP, UNESCO), OECD, the Commission of the European Communities, the International Association for Educational Assessment, and others, O'Muircheartaigh has also worked in China, Myanmar, Kenya, Lesotho, and Peru.


Franz Pappi Franz Pappi
University of Mannheim  

Professor Pappi’s research interests include theories of voting behavior, especially strategic voting, effects of electoral systems and policy voting; international negotiation systems, especially application of bargaining models; and coalition theories, especially applied to EU member states and German Länder.


Jayant M. Pinto Jayant M. Pinto
Professor and Director of Research
Section of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Department of Surgery,
Biological Sciences Division
The University of Chicago

Dr. Pinto is a surgeon-scientist who studies environmental, genetic, and demographic risk factors that underlie susceptibility to sinonasal disorders. A native Chicagoan, he received a B.S. in Biological Sciences with Honors, an A.B. in History, and a M.D. from Stanford University. Dr. Pinto completed his clinical and research training at The University of Chicago. He collaborates with colleagues across many disciplines on and off campus. He is an active member of the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project, where his ‘Olfactory Research Group’ investigates how sensory impairments affect health, function, social interconnections, and longevity of older adults.


Ray ReagansRay Reagans
The Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Management and Professor of Organization Studies
MIT Sloan School of Management

Professor Reagans studies the origin and influence of social capital on knowledge transfer, learning rates, and overall team performance. More specifically, he examines how demographic characteristics such as race, age, and gender affect the development of network relations. He also considers how particular network structures affect performance outcomes, including the transfer of knowledge among individuals and the productivity of research and development teams.


Phil SchummPhil Schumm

Sr. Biostatistician and Director, Research Computing Group,
Department of Public Health Sciences
The University of Chicago

Schumm, who was a student of Ed Laumann’s, has collaborated with Ed on several projects, including Ed’s landmark study of U.S. adult sexual behavior (NHSLS) and more recently the National Social Life, Health and Aging Project (NSHAP).  Phil's research focuses on applying statistical methods to the study of social relationships and health, especially involving novel physical measures of health such as biomeasures and accelerometry-based assessments of activity and sleep.  He also develops new approaches for using computing technology to facilitate data sharing, collaboration and reproducible research.


Linda Waite Linda Waite
The Lucy Flower Professor in Urban Sociology
Chair, Department of Sociology
The University of Chicago

Linda J. Waite is the Chair and Lucy Flower Professor in the Department of Sociology, and a Senior Fellow at NORC where she is the Principal Investigator of the NIA-funded National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP). Professor Waite has known Ed Laumann since she was a first year graduate student, and he was an associate professor, at the University of Michigan. Following graduate school, and more than a decade in population and aging research at RAND, she has served as faculty at the University of Chicago since 1991. Professor Waite has a well-established research career focused on the impact of social relationships on older adult health. She published a pioneering book on marriage entitled, The Case for Marriage: Why Married People are Happier, Healthier and Better Off Financially, and her work and collaboration with Professor Laumann on NSHAP since its inception has produced ground-breaking knowledge on the sexual relationships of older Americans.


Yoosik YoumYoosik Youm
Underwood Distinguished Professor at Yonsei University, South Korea
Director, Korean Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (KSHAP) at Yonsei University
Full Professor of Sociology, Yonsei University, South Korea

After completing his dissertation at the University of Chicago on the association between the trust shaped by sexual/social networks and the marriage formation in the US, he had examined the network organization of social supports for breast cancer patients in Chicago area as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago until he moved to Yonsei University in 2005. As a director of the Korean Social Life, Health, and Aging Project that has been collecting complete social networks of two entire villages and brain fMRI scans of sub-populations, his most recent works tried to understand how social interactions are possible through our brains (social brain) and how certain types of social networks of the person correspond to specific kinds of connectivity of the brain (the correspondence between social and brain networks).


Robert J. ZimmerPresident Robert J. Zimmer
The University of Chicago

On July 1, 2006, Robert J. Zimmer became the 13th President of the University of Chicago.

Prior to his appointment as President, Zimmer was a University of Chicago faculty member and administrator for more than two decades specializing in the mathematical fields of geometry, particularly ergodic theory, Lie groups, and differential geometry. As a University of Chicago administrator, Zimmer served as Chairman of the Mathematics Department, Deputy Provost, and Vice President for Research and for Argonne National Laboratory. He also served as Provost at Brown University from 2002-2006, returning to Chicago in 2006 to become President of the University.

As President of the University, he serves as Chair of the Board of Governors of Argonne National Laboratory; Chair of the Board of Directors of Fermi Research Alliance LLC, the operator of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory; and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Marine Biological Laboratory. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was a member of the National Science Board, the governing body of the National Science Foundation, from 2011 to 2016 and also served on the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science from 2008 to 2010.

President Zimmer is the author of three books, Ergodic Theory and Semisimple Groups (1984), Essential Results of Functional Analysis (1990), and Ergodic Theory, Groups, and Geometry (2008); and more than 80 mathematical research articles. He served on the Board of Mathematical Sciences of the National Research Council from 1992 to 1995, and was on the executive committee from 1993 to 1995. Zimmer held the title of Max Mason Distinguished Service Professor of Mathematics at Chicago before leaving for Brown, where he was the Ford Foundation Professor of Mathematics in addition to being Provost.

He earned his A.B., summa cum laude, from Brandeis University in 1968 and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Harvard University in 1975, and joined the Chicago faculty as an L.E. Dickson Instructor of Mathematics in 1977. He was also on the faculty of the U.S. Naval Academy from 1975 to 1977 and has held visiting positions at Harvard University and at institutions in Israel, France, Australia, Switzerland, and Italy.

President Zimmer has honorary degrees from Tsinghua University and Colby College. In 2017 he was given the Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA). He is a frequent commentator on free expression and academic freedom.


Ezra W. Zuckerman SivanEzra W. Zuckerman Sivan (MIT)
Deputy Dean
The Alvin J. Siteman (1948) Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship

MIT Sloan School of Management

Zuckerman is an economic sociologist whose research focuses on showing how an understanding of fundamental social processes is important for shedding light on key issues in business and management, as well as how an appreciation for the dynamics of business and management inform our understanding of fundamental social processes.  He is perhaps best known for demonstrating the importance of categorical structures in shaping valuation in various markets. Zuckerman's master's and executive level teaching centers on competitive and technology strategy, and he teaches two doctoral courses, "Sociology of Strategy" and "Identity and Action." He is also cofounder of MIT Sloan's PhD Program in Economic Sociology.  As Deputy Dean, he has responsibility for all of Sloan’s faculty, approximately 200 (hiring, promotion and tenure, performance evaluation, and compensation), and half a dozen research centers based in Sloan.

Zuckerman holds a BA in political science from Columbia University as well as an MA and a PhD in sociology from the University of Chicago.