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
|•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"
|Michael Schwartz named Distinguished Teaching Professor by the State University of New York Board of Trustees|
|• Professor Adam Possamai, University of West Sydney, to speak on "Contemporary Religion and Australian Aborigines", Wednesday, October 30th, 3:00 PM, Stony Brook Manhattan, sponsored by the Dept. of Sociology, SBU Institute for Global Studies, and International Academic Programs and Services
•Memory in the Disciplines Workshop welcomes Professor Suparna Rajaram, Stony Brook University, "Collaborative Memory: A Cognitive Perspective", Wednesday, October 30th, 2:30 PM, SBS N403
•IHSS co Sponsored with the Department of History presents Patrick Weil, CNRS and Yale Law School, October 30th, 4:30 PM, SBS N320, "From Emma Goldman to Edward Snowden: How Denationalization of "Radical" Americans Reshaped American Citizenship
•IHSS presents Robert Chase, Stony Brook History Department, October 22nd, 2:30 PM, SBS N320, "Slaves of the State Revolt: The Prisoners' Rights Movement and the Construction of the Carceral State"
|•Arnout van de Rijt wins $275k NSF grant for in vivo experimental research on arbitrary social inequality
•Screening of the film, ESCAPE FIRE, Tuesday, September 17th, 4:00 PM, SBS N403
•IHSS presents Clayton Fordahl, Stony Brook Sociology Department, September 24th, 2:30 PM, SBS N405, Imperium in imperio: Martyrdom, the Roman Empire, and the Creation of Christian Sovereignty"
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