Theodore P Gerber, Wisconsin-Madison

Prof Ted Gerber has taught social statistics extensively at both the graduate and undergraduate levels at the University of Oregon, the University of Arizona, and the University of Wisconsin.   His courses have included both introductory, entry-level courses for undergraduates and more advanced courses for graduate students in special topics.  He has also been invited to teach short workshops in log-linear modelling at Tel Aviv University, the use of surveys and quantitative methods for migration research at Tbilisi State University, Georgia, and propensity score matching at the International School of Economics in Tbilisi.

Ted has used a wide array of advanced statistical techniques in his research on stratification and demography in contemporary Russia, including event history modelling, cross-classified hierarchical linear models, propensity score matching, several classes of log-linear modelling, endogenous switching regressions, instrumental variable, latent class analysis, and various models for panel data.  The University of Wisconsin has long had a reputation as a leading center for quantitative training in sociology in the United States, and it pioneered the practice of giving extensive access to state-of-the-art computing facilities to faculty and graduate students.  At the undergraduate level, Wisconsin offers sociology majors a premium Concentration in Analysis and Research program, which involves extensive training in quantitative data analysis as a basis for graduate study or to enter a career requiring a high level of quantitative skills. 

 

Mike Hout, UC Berkeley 

Prof Mike Hout has been teaching quantitative methods to undergraduate and graduate sociology students since 1977. At the University of Arizona in 1978 he was one of the first teachers in the country to incorporate exercises involving the General Social Survey into UG teaching. At Berkeley in 1993, he first included multivariate statistics in the first methods course UGs take at that university (Sociology 5). At the graduate level he has trained some of the leading quantitative researchers in the field (current employer in parentheses) including Martin Gilens (Princeton), Jeff Manza (New York), Ted Gerber (Wisconsin), Richard Arum (New York), John Martin (Chicago), Tally Katz-Gerro (Haifa), Aliya Saperstein (Stanford), and Emily Beller (US Government) at Berkeley. In addition he has taught intensive seminars of the type proposed here at the European University Institute (three times), the University of Haifa, and the University of Mannheim. In addition he has taught five-week mini-courses in advanced quantitative methods at University College Dublin (1986) and Shahid Behesti University, Tehran (2005). Mike has also published extensively on quantitative social methodology such as Mobility Tables (No.31 in Sage Quantitative Methods Series, 1983); and statistical methods and graphical displays in Social Methodology (Goodman and Hout, 1998, 2001).

 

Marc Swyngedouw, Leuven 

Marc Swyngedouw has been teaching at undergraduate level since 1986. He has been teaching as well methodological courses – social science methodology; introduction into social statistics, Seminar on survey methodology – as substantive classes in Urban Sociology and Political Sociology. Also in these two substantive classes quantitative methods (QM) are used to show students how substantial research questions can be handled with QM. For example we used simple partial correlational methods to prove that immigration is not a cause of poverty in Belgian cities, but that instead poor education and unemployment are the real underlying causes; we used simple chi-square tests to show that survey questions on support for nuclear energy were biased because of their leading introductions, and because of the lack of middle alternative, leading to a majority while in the population only a minority was supporting nuclear energy.

The Centre for Sociological Research (CeSO) at the K.U.Leuven has a very long tradition in quantitative (political) sociological research. It was one of the co-founders (Jaak Billiet) of the Europan Social Survey that got the ‘Descartes price’ for its high level quality of data collection. It organises the Belgian part of the European Value Study (Dobbelaere, Billiet, Swyngedouw) and is the founder of the Belgian Election Study in 1991 (Swyngedouw). Besides the Institute of Social and Political Opinion research (ISPO) conducts the post-electoral survey for Belgian and the exit-polls for the Flemish public broadcaster VRT. The CeSO offers extensive quantitative social science methodology training for the Faculty of Social Sciences and other faculties as well at the UNDERGRADUATE level and graduate levels. Since 1992 it convenes the Quantitative Analysis in the Social Sciences master programme – co-organised by the University College Brussels (HUB) (soc.kuleuven.be/qass). In addition to publishing widely in leading international journals like Public Opinion Quarterly, Electoral Studies, and European Sociological Review, its faculty such as Marc regularly provide training in social science methodology and quantitative research methods all over the world from the USA to Japan and in most European Union countries.

 

Donald Treiman, UCLA

Donald J. Treiman is Distinguished Professor of Sociology Emeritus at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). He taught at the University of Wisconsin, Columbia University before moving to UCLA in 1975. For 30 years at UCLA, Don taught a post-graduate course on quantitative data analysis, which culminated in the well-received textbook, Quantitative Data Analysis: Doing Social Research to Test Ideas (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2009). The book starts with simple percentage tables and ends with fixed-effects and random-effects models. However, the focus is on research applications rather than on statistics. Don also regularly assigns research articles using quantitative methods in his substantive courses, particularly post-graduate courses in social stratification and migration.

The UCLA Department of Sociology includes a strong quantitative component, with many undergraduate and graduate courses offered that use quantitative articles, including those in family sociology, migration, political sociology, social demography, and social stratification. All students are required to take a statistics course. Post-graduates typically take a 2 or 3 quarter statistics course in their first year. Many of them follow up in the second year by taking the quantitative data analysis course. In addition, many postgraduate students attend the weekly seminars at the California Center for Population Research where ongoing research, almost always highly quantitative, is presented by faculty from other universities and other disciplines, and also similar seminars in the sociology department sponsored by various working groups consisting of faculty and post-graduate students. 

 

Richard Zijdeman, Utrecht

Richard Zijdeman is an assistant professor at the Department of Sociology (Utrecht University) and an honourary fellow at the research group for Social Surveys and Statistics (University of Stirling). He has taught introductory courses on descriptive and inferential statistics for the social sciences as well as on the application of statistical methods in research papers. In 2011 he was runner-up in the teacher of the year competition and was appointed Chair of the Educational Advisory Committee at the Department of Sociology and as member of the Educational Advisory committee at the Faculty of Social Sciences (Utrecht University).

He is an expert in methods for the analysis of historical occupational data.  He has held several invited presentations on this topic in the UK, recently at the General Register’s Office for Scotland. His main interest lies in combining regional contextual data on modernization with large scale individual level data on occupational status attainment and female labour force participation. Also Richard is involved in innovative Open Data Projects, promoting the use of Enhanced Publications in the Historical and Social Sciences as well as the teaching of workflow of data analysis.

Currently, Zijdeman is employed at the Towards Open Societies project, which was awarded an ERC advanced Investigators Grant. The project aims to unveil and explain changes in the social stratification structure in Western societies in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The department where Richard works was in 2011 rated as the number 1 Sociology department in the Netherlands by both students and full professors in the annual Elsevier Survey. In addition, the department has an outstanding research track record. It is part of the ICS research school, which received the highest overall assessment in a total of 34 assessed programs in the latest evaluation by the Social-Cultural Sciences of the Association of the Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) amongst others by attaining maximum scores on the dimensions “quality”, “relevance” and “viability”.