I received my Ph.D. in sociology and mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1969. After a year of postdoctoral study in mathematical statistics at Columbia University in New York City, I taught there and was a member of the staff of the Russell Sage Foundation for three years. I then was successively a member of the faculties of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and the University of Texas at Austin before joining the Duke Sociology Department as Chairman in 1986. I served as Chair of Sociology from January 1986 to August 1997. My main research interests are contemporary social trends and quality-of-life measurement, social problems, demography, criminology, organizations, and mathematical and statistical models and methods for the study of social and demographic processes. I have done extensive research in each of these areas and have been elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (1978), the Sociological Research Association (1981), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1992), the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (1997), and the American Society of Criminology (2004). I teach Contemporary Social Problems (SOCIOL 111), Advanced Methods of Demographic Analysis, and the Demography of Aging Proseminar (SOCIOL 750S). My other interests include tennis, jogging (10 kilometers), and music.
Current Appointments & Affiliations
John Franklin Crowell Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Sociology · 2014 - Present Sociology, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology · 2014 - Present Sociology, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Co-Director of the Biodemography of Aging Research Unit within DUPRI · 2014 - Present Center for Population Health & Aging, Duke Population Research Institute
Research Professor in the Social Science Research Institute · 2014 - Present Social Science Research Institute, University Institutes and Centers
Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Population Research Center · 2010 - Present Duke Population Research Center, Duke Population Research Institute
Education, Training & Certifications
University of Texas, Austin · 1969 Ph.D.