Yu Xie is Otis Dudley Duncan Distinguished University Professor of Sociology, Statistics, and Public Policy at the University of Michigan. At Peking University, he is Visiting Chair Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Social Research. He is also a Research Professor at the Population Studies Center and the Survey Research Center of the Institute for Social Research, and a Faculty Associate at the Center for Chinese Studies.
Aliya Saperstein is an Associate Professor in the department of Sociology at Stanford University. Her current research projects explore: the relationship between individual-level racial fluidity and the maintenance of group boundaries, racial stereotypes and social inequality; the implications of methodological decisions, especially the measurement of race/ethnicity and sex/gender in surveys, for studies of stratification and health disparities. She received the Early Achievement Award from the Population Association of America in 2016, the 2013 Roger V.
Matthew Desmond is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at Princeton University. After receiving his Ph.D. in 2010 from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, he joined the Harvard Society of Fellows as a Junior Fellow. He is the author of four books, including Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (2016), which won the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, Carnegie Medal, and PEN / John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction.
Robert D. Mare is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of California - Los Angeles, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1998. At UCLA he served as the founding Director of the California Center for Population Research from 1998 to 2003. For 20 years prior to that, he was on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Guillermina Jasso is Silver Professor and Professor of Sociology at New York University. She was the founding director of the Methods Workshop at New York University (1991-1997) and the founding director of the Theory Workshop at the University of Iowa (1988-1991), as well as a co-founder of the Life Course Center at the University of Minnesota. She served as Special Assistant to the Commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (1977-1979) and as Director of Research for the U.S. Select Commission on Immigration and Refugee Policy (1979-1980).
Elizabeth Bruch is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan. Her work applies statistical techniques and insight from marketing and decision theory to the study of neighborhood and mate choice.
Lawrence Wu is a Professor of Sociology, Director of the Center for Advanced Social Science Research and Deputy Director of the Institute for Human Development and Social Change, all at New York University. He is a noted authority on nonmarital fertility in the United States. He is on the faculty of New York University and has previously been on the faculties of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Princeton University. He is currently Director of the Center for Advanced Social Science Research and Deputy Director of the Institute of Human Development and Social Change.
Alyn McCarty joined Research for Action in 2017 as a Research Associate. At RFA, Alyn is the project director on a large, multi-year evaluation of an early literacy program in Philadelphia pre-k centers, and conducts quantitative research and analyses on several other projects. Prior to joining RFA, Alyn was a Health Disparities Research Scholar at the Center for Women’s Health and Health Disparities Research and served as a Research Scientist for the Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families, both at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Mario Luis Small is the Grafstein Family Professor of Sociology at Harvard University. He was previously Dean of the Division of the Social Sciences and Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago. Small has published books and numerous articles on urban poverty, social capital, personal networks, and the relationship between qualitative and quantitative social science methods. His first book, Villa Victoria: The Transformation of Social Capital in a Boston Barrio (2004), examined how poverty affected social capital among residents of a Boston housing complex.
Robert J. Sampson is Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University and Director of the Social Sciences Program at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. He taught at the University of Chicago for twelve years before moving to Harvard in 2003. Sampson was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2008 and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. He was elected President of the American Society of Criminology for 2011-2012.