George H. Mead Distinguished Service Professor

Office: Social Sciences 410
Phone: 773-702-8691

B.A. Oberlin College, 1960
M.A. Harvard University, 1962
Ph.D. Harvard University, 1964


Professor Edward O. Laumann is the George Herbert Mead Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology and the College.

Since joining the University in 1973, Professor Laumann has acted as the editor of the American Journal of Sociology, chair of the department of sociology, dean of the division of social sciences, provost of the University of Chicago, and is currently the director of the Ogburn Stouffer Center for Population and Social Organization.

Professor Laumann's many research interests include research on human sexuality among older Americans, cross-nationally (in 29 countries and in China), sexuality in urban places, the spread of sexually transmitted infections vis sexual networks, subjective well-being, quality of life, and health status, social networks in various social contexts, and the urban legal profession.

Laumann's current research projects include the National Survey of Sexual Practices in China (Co-Principle Investigator); the National Social Health and Aging Project, which surveys 3000 men and women aged 57 to 85 in the U.S. (Co-Principle Investigator); analyst for the Global Study of Sexual Attitudes and Behavior, a survey of 27,500 men and women 40 to 80 years of age in 29 countries around the world; and a 20 year followup study of the legal profession in Chicago (Co-Principle Investigator).


Laumann serves on the editorial board of the Law and Social Inquiry.


NORCPopulation Research Center, the Ogburn Stouffer Center for Population and Social Organization, and the new Center for Health and the Social Sciences.

Selected Publications

"Worldwide prevalence and correlates," (with Jeong-han Kang, Dale B. Glasser, and Anthony Paik). In Women's Sexual Function and Dysfunction: Study, Diagnosis and Treatment, eds. Irwin Goldstein, Cindy Meston, Susan Davis, and Abdulmaged Traish. UK: Taylor and Francis, 2006. pp. 42-51.

"Subjective well-being in older adults: Findings from the Global Study of Sexual Attitudes and Behavior," (with Anthony Paik, Jeong-han Kang, Dale B. Glasser, Tianfu Wang, Rosie King, Bernard Levinson, Edson Moreira, Alfredo Nicolosi, and Clive Gingell). In Archives of Sexual Behavior 34, 2006.

"Epidemiology of female sexual dysfunction: Prevalence data in the USA," (with Anthony Paik). In Women's Sexual Function and Dysfunction: Study, Diagnosis and Treatment, Irwin Goldstein, Cindy Meston, Susan Davis and Abdulmaged Traish (eds). UK: Taylor and Francis, 2006.

"Body image and mental health: A population-based study of Chinese adults," (with Ye Luo, William L. Parish, Ross Stolzenberg). In Body Image: An International Journal of Research 2: 333-345, 2005.

Urban Lawyers: The New Social Structure of the Bar, University of Chicago Press, 2005 (with John P. Heinz, Robert L. Nelson, and Rebecca L. Sandefur).

"Sexual problems among women and men aged 40 to 80 years: Prevalence and correlates identified in the Global Study of Sexual Attitudes and Behavior,"International Journal of Impotence Research, 2005.

The Sexual Organization of the City, University of Chicago Press, 2004 (with Stephen Ellingson, Jenna Mahay, Anthony Paid, and Yoosik Youm).

Sex, Love and Health: Private Choices and Public Policies, University of Chicago Press, 2000 (with Robert T. Michael).

"The Effect of Structural Embeddedness on the Division of Household Labor: A Game-Theoretic Model with a Network Approach," Rationality and Society, 2003.

"Religion and the Politics of Sexuality," Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 2001.

"Circumcision in the United States: Prevalence, Prophylaxis and Sexual Practice."Journal of the American Medical Association (April 1, 1997) Vol. 277, No. 13, 1052-7. (With Christopher M. Masi, M.D., and Ezra W. Zuckerman).

The Social Organization of Sexuality: Sexual Practices in the United States. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994. (With John H. Gagnon, Robert T. Michael and Stuart Michaels).

The Hollow Core: The Structure of Representation in National Policy-making. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1993. (With John P. Heinz, Robert Nelson, and Robert Salisbury).

The Organizational State: Social Choice in the National Policy Domains. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1987. (With David Knoke).

Chicago Lawyers: The Professions of the Bar. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1982. (With John P. Heinz).