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


Ross Stolzenberg is a demographer whose research career has focused on the development and empirical testing of social stratification theory, at aggregate and individual levels of analysis. This central interest has led him to a wide range of secondary, but strong subsidiary interests in more general demographic and sociological topics, including statistical methods, research design, work and employment, organizations, health and the family. But those interests all derive from his attempt to understand the process of stratification in industrialized societies.

Stolzenberg's primary current research is a set of efforts to understand institutional connections between the family, the labor market and the stratification of individuals. Ongoing projects measure the effect of husbands' and wives' paid and unpaid work on their own and each other's health, and, using historical judicial data, the effects of retirement on health and longevity.

Stolzenberg is the “past chair” of the Section on Methodology of the American Sociological Association for 2009-2010 and 2010-2011. 


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.