Distinguished Teaching Professor Emerita
Ph.D. Stony Brook University
Areas of Interest
Statistics; methodology; survey research; social psychology
Judith M. Tanur (BS, Psychology, Columbia; MA, Mathematical Statistics, Columbia; PhD, Sociology, SUNYSB) is Distinguished Teaching Professor Emerita. She is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and American Association for the Advancement of Science, an elected member of International Statistical Institute, and recipient of ASA’s Founders’ Award. She edited International Encyclopedia of Statistics, Statistics: A Guide to the Unknown, and Questions about Questions: Inquiries into the Cognitive Bases of Surveys. She co-authored (with S. James Press) The Subjectivity of Scientists and the Bayesian Approach. She was a member of the Committee on National Statistics of the National Research Council, chairing its Advanced Research Seminar on Cognitive Aspects of Survey Methodology, co-chaired the SSRC Committee on Cognition and Survey Research and was on its Board of Directors, was an ASA/NSF/BLS Senior Research Fellow and a co-editor of Chance, served on the ASA Advisory Committee for SIPP, NSF Panels and visiting committees and the Advisory Committee to the NSF Director for SBE. She is currently on the Board of Trustees of the NORC and the International Advisory Committee for the Vietnam Project of SSRC.
Selected Additional Publications
Cognitive Aspects of Survey Methodology: Building a Bridge Between Disciplines, Washington, D.C., National Academy Press, l984, edited with Thomas B. Jabine, Miron L. Straf and Roger Tourangeau.
A Potential Early Warning System: Final Report on China Anomie Project Biel, Switzerland: Swiss Academy for Development. 1997 With Peter Atteslander, Hanlin Li, and Qi Wang.
Cognition and Survey Research New York: Wiley-Interscience. 1999 Edited with Monroe G. Sirken, Douglas J. Hermann, Susan Schechter, Norbert Schwarz, and Roger Tourangeau.
Visualizing Social Science: Photographs of Rachel Tanur New York: Social Science Research Council, 2008.
The Pleasures of Statistics: The Autobiography of Frederick Mosteller. New York: Springer 2009. (Edited with Stephen Fienberg and David Hoaglin)
“Meanings, Purposes and Structural Resources in Interaction,” Cornell Journal of Social Relations, Spring l976 with Eugene Weinstein.
“Methods for Large-Scale Surveys and Experiments.” Pp. l-7l, Sociological Methodology, l983/84. (Samuel Leinhardt, ed.), San Francisco: Jossey Bass. l983.
“Combining Cognitive and Statistical Approaches to Survey Design.” Science. l989, 243:1017-1022. With Stephen E. Fienberg.
“Measuring Unemployment in the Nineties” 1994, Public Opinion Quarterly, V. 58 (Summer), pp. 277-294. 1994. With Janet Norwood.
“An Overview of the Respondent-Generated Intervals (RGI) Approach to Sample Surveys”, Journal of Modern Applied Statistical Methods, Nov. 2004, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 288-304. (with S. James Press)
News & Events
|•IHSS will present Miriam L. Kingsberg, University of Colorado; ACLS Ryskamp Visiting Scholar, Columbia University, April 15, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, “Fieldwork, Ethnology, and Empire: the Making of Japan's ‘Transwar Generation’ of Social Scientists” - Co-sponsored by the History Department|
|•Nancy Foner, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of CUNY, March 12, 2015, 4:00 PM, SBS N403, "Immigration and the Remaking of New York."
•IHSS will present Shobana Shankar, Stony Brook Department of History, March 11, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, SBS N320, “Curbing Religious Freedoms for State Security: The Old Cities of Northern Nigeria in the Era
of Decolonization” - Co-sponsored by the Africana Studies Department
|•Sociology Brown Bag series presents Ph.D. student Carolyn Coburn, Wednesday, February 18, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Water, Sanitation, and Female Secondary School Enrollment: A Cross-National Analysis of Sub-Saharan African Nations."|
|•IHSS will present Paul Gootenberg, Stony Brook Department of History & Sociology, February 18, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, SBS N320, “From Teonanácatl to Miami Vice: Latin America’s Contribution to World Drug Culture” - Co-sponsored by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center|
|•Sociology Brown Bag series presents Assistant Professor Kristen Shorette, Wednesday, February 4, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Global Institutions and the Persistence of Cross-National Health Disparities across the Global South."|
|•Florencia Arancibia has been awarded a two-year post-doctoral fellowship with the Argentine National Scientific and Technical Research Council for her research project, "Social movements and knowledge intermediaries: participatory methods for inclusive innovation."|
|•IHSS will present Rick DesRochers, Long Island University-Post Campus, Department of Theatre, October 14, 2:30 PM, SBS N403, "The Family Act Goes to School - The Marx Brothers, Vaudeville, and Americanization."|
|•Michael Kimmel and Gloria Steinem co-author New York Times opinion piece on consensual sex on college campuses entitled "Yes Is Better Than No."
•Kristen Shorette receives ASA Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline Award for her project, "Freedom from Discrimination as Human Right? The Global Human Rights Regime and the Diffusion of Affirmative Action since 1965"
•Carrie Shandra selected as a Fellow of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research's Switzer Research Program
•Nicholas Wilson, Yale University, September 29, 2014, 1:00 PM, SBS N403, "Corruption and the Making of Modern Bureaucracy: Evidence from the British Empire in India."
•IHSS will present Steven Skiena, Stony Brook University, Department of Computer Science, September 18, 2:30 PM, SBS N403, "Who's Bigger? Where Historical Figures Really Rank.
|•Suzan Walters was named a 2014 Teaching Innovations and Professional Development Award Recipient by SAGE.|
|•Cathy Marrone receives the Sister Margareet Ann Landry Lifetime Achievement Award at the Stony Brook Student Life Awards Ceremony|
•Study by Arnout van de Rijt and Michael Restivo published in PNAS and featured in The Economist
•Brooke Ellison, Ph.D. 2012, Assistant Professor of Healthcare Policy and Management at Stony Brook University, was selected by the World Economic Forum as a 2014 Global Leader.
|•Tarun Banerjee receives Sociology Department's Judith Tanur Dissertation Research Award.
•Crystal Fleming receives Career Enhancement Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.
•IHSS will present Lawrence Frohman, Stony Brook University, Department of History, February 12th, 11:30 AM, SBS N320, "Surveillance, Security, Divinity"
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