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B.A. Columbia University, 1968
M.A. University of Michigan, 1971
Ph.D. University of Michigan, 1973


Ross (Rafe) Stolzenberg is professor in the Committee on Quantitative Research Methods in the Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences; the Department of Sociology and in the College. His substantive research focuses on employment, occupations, careers, and labor markets, lately with attention to the U.S. federal judiciary. Stolzenberg has published more than 50 articles in leading peer reviewed professional publications and has authored, co-authored or edited ten books and monographs. He edited Sociological Methodology, chaired the Methodology Section of the American Sociological Association, and served on editorial boards of The American Sociological Review, The American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Sociological Methods and Research, Social Science Research, and Research in Social Stratification and Mobility.  He received the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Award “For a career of distinguished contribution to the field of sociological methodology” from the Methodology Section of the American Sociological Association. He was awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in the Humanities and Social Sciences at The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, by the U.S. Department of State [deferred], and was elected to the Sociological Research Association for "distinguished contribution" to sociological research. He was awarded the Citation for Valor by The American Red Cross.

Stolzenberg’s substantive studies include examinations of:

  • Occupational, industrial and employer segmentation of labor market structure and function.
  • Effects of husbands’ and wives’ employment on each other’s health.
  • Reciprocal effects of fertility expectations and labor force participation plans of young women.
  • City and state differences in race and gender occupational inequality.
  • Effects of marriage and fertility timing on religious participation of American parents.
  • Post-collegiate school continuation.
  • Earnings effects of schooling, race, gender, ethnicity, immigration, geographic location and English fluency.
  • Politicized retirement timing of  U.S. federal judges.
  • Effects of retirement on subsequent on mortality risk and longevity.

His methodological studies have examined:

  • A differential calculus-based, unified method for calculating comparable measures of net, total, mediated and indirect effects in linear and nonlinear, additive and nonadditive, single- and multiple- equation models, with continuous and binary outcomes, and with latent and observed variables.
  • Sample selection bias correction methods.
  • Measurement of gender, race and ethnic employment inequality in local labor markets.

He has served as a consultant or expert witness in matters ranging from employment discrimination to public utility rate base calculation.


Stolzenberg edited the journal Sociological Methodology for the American Sociological Association from 2000 - 2006, and now serves on three other editorial boards.


At Chicago is affiliated with NORC, and the Ogburn Stouffer Center for Population and Social Organization. Stolzenberg is an active affiliate of the Center for Demography and Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Selected Publications

Ross M. Stolzenberg Forthcoming 2010. “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night: On the Effect of Retirement on Subsequent Mortality of U.S. Supreme Court Justices, 1801-2006” Demography.

Ross M. Stolzenberg and James Lindgren 2010. “Retirement and Death in Office of U.S. Supreme Court Justices” Demography, Volume 47, Number 2, May 2010, pp. 269-298

Ross M. Stolzenberg (Editor) 2006. Sociological Methodology, 2006. Oxford: Basil Blackwell for the American Sociological Association. 

Ross M. Stolzenberg (Editor) 2005. Sociological Methodology, 2005. Oxford: Basil Blackwell for the American Sociological Association

Ross M. Stolzenberg (Editor) 2004. Sociological Methodology, 2004. Oxford: Basil Blackwell for the American Sociological Association

Ross M. Stolzenberg (Editor) 2003. Sociological Methodology, 2003. Oxford: Basil Blackwell for the American Sociological Association

Ross M. Stolzenberg (Editor) 2002. Sociological Methodology, 2002. Oxford: Basil Blackwell for the American Sociological Association.

Ross M. Stolzenberg and James Lindgren 2009. Forthcoming. “Politicized Departure from the United States Supreme Court” Demography.

Ross M. Stolzenberg and Kristi Williams, 2007. “Gendered Reciprocity: The Effects of Husband’s and Wife’s Work on Each Other’s Health” Social Science Research.

Ross M. Stolzenberg 2004. “Regression Analysis.” Chapter 8, pages 165-208 inHandbook of Data Analysis, edited by M. Hardy and A. Bryman. London, England: Sage Publications.

Ross M. Stolzenberg 2001. “It’s about Time and Gender: The Effect of Wife’s and Husband’s Employment on their Own and Each Other’s Health” American Journal of Sociology

Ross M. Stolzenberg 2001. “True Stories, True Facts and True Differences: The Beliefs of American Jews about the Afterlife” American Sociological Review .

Ross M. Stolzenberg and Howard Margolis 2003. “Risk” in Encyclopedia of Population edited by Paul Demeny and Geoffrey McNicoll. New York: MacMillan.

Ross M. Stolzenberg 2003. "Review Essay on Time Matters,"  Sociological Methods and Research, Vol. 31 (3, February). pp. 420-434

Ross M. Stolzenberg and Linda J. Waite 2005. “Effects of Marriage, Divorce and Widowhood on Health” Chapter 24, pp. 36-77 in Work, Family, Health and Well-Being, Edited by Suzanne M. Bianchi, Lynne M. Casper and Rosalind B. King. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc

Ross M. Stolzenberg & others  2005. The Jewish School Study. Chicago, IL: NORC.

Ross M. Stolzenberg & others 2007. “Sexual Practices and Sexual Satisfaction: A Population Based Study of Urban Chinese Adults” Archives of Sexual Behavior, Volume 36, pp. 5-20(16).

Ross M. Stolzenberg 2005. “Analytical Methods for Improving Common Survey Measures of Money Income” pages 510-513 in Working Families: Time Apart, Time Together edited by B. Schneider and L. Waite. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.