Judith Tanur






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

      June 2017  
       Michael Schwartz, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus. and our alumnus Josh Murray (Vanderbilt University) have won the outstanding article award for the ASA Marxist Sociology Section for their paper, "Moral Economy, Structural Leverage, and Organizational Efficacy:  Class Formation and the Great Fling Sit-Down Strike, 1936-37." Critical Historical Studies  
      Tiffany Joseph (with co-author Helen Marrow) has received the Donald W. Light Award for the Applied or Public Practice of Medical Sociology.  The award was received for their paper, "Excluded and Frozen Out: Unauthorized Immigrants' (Non) Access to Care after Healthcare Reforms." Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies
      May 2017  
      Carrie Shandra has been awarded a grant under the Department of Labor Scholars Program for a project on Job Characteristics and Job Retention of Young Workers With Disabilities  
      Jennifer Heerwig (with collaborator Brian McCabe) has been awarded a seed grant from
Georgetown's McCourt School Massive Data Institute for their project,
"The Seattle Voucher Experiment: Using Big Data to Enhance Local Democracy."
      Arnout van de Rijt with our Alumni Eran Shor (McGill University) was awarded the bests paper award from the Communication, Information Technology and Media Studies section of the ASA for their co-authored paper (Eran Shor, Arnoug van de Rijt, Alex Mitsov, Vivek Kulkarni, and Steven Skiena), "A Paper Ceiling:  Explaining the Persistent Underrepresentation of Women in Printed News." American Sociological Review
      Carrie Shandra was awarded the 2017 Outstanding Publication in the Sociology of Disability Award from the ASA Section on Disability and Society for her paper "Benefactors and Beneficiaries?  Disability and Care to Others" forthcoming in the Journal of Marriage and Family
      Rebekah Burroway has received an "Outstanding Author Contribution" from the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence for her paper "Empowering Women, Strengthening Children:  A Multi-Level Analysis of Gender Inequality and Child Malnutrition in Developing Countries" published in Advances in Gender Research  
      Amy Hsin, Queens College, Department of Sociology, May 3rd, 4:00 - 5:30 PM, SBS N403,"The Effects of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals on the Educational Outcomes of Undocumented Students:  Evidence from a Large Public University."
      April 2017  
      Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Assistant Professor Tiffany Joseph, Wednesday, April 19th, 4:00 - 5:30 PM, SBS N403, "The Growing Citizen-Noncitizen Divide:  Life along the Documentation Status Continuum."  
      March 2017  
      Transforming Sociology (program), Sociology Graduate Student Conference, March 31, 2017, Center for Global Studies at Stony Brook University
      Deborah Carr, Rutgers University, Department of Sociology, March 29th, 4:00 - 5:30 PM, SBS N403, "Do Marital and Kin Support Enhance (or Undermine) Older Adults' Well-Being?  New Evidence from the DUST Study."
      December 2016  
      Nicholas Hoover Wilson selected as a Faculty Fellow at the Humanities Institute of Stony Brook University for 2017-2018.  
      November 2016   
      Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Ph.D. student Helena Darwin, Wednesday, November 30th, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Doing Genderqueer"  
      Chandra Muller, University of Texas, Austin, Department of Sociology, November 14th, 4:00 - 5:30 PM, SBS N403, "Education and the Transition Through Adulthood to Midlife in the New Economy."
       Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Assistant Professor Jason Jones,
Wednesday, November 2, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "An Audit Study of Public School Principals:  Evidence for Selective Response."
      October 2016  
      Mindfulness and Diversity:  Mind-Body Approaches for Enhancing Awareness and Well-Being, Friday, October 28th, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. For information and to register, please go to
IHSS will present Partha Chatterjee, Columbia University, Professor of Anthropology and of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies, October 26, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, SBS N318, "Governmentality in the East."
Stewart Hoover, University of Colorado-Boulder, Director of the Center for Media, Religion, and Culture, October 24th, 4:00 - 5:30 PM, SBS N403, "Does God Make the Man? Media, Religion, and the Crisis of Masculinity"
Josh Pacewicz, Brown University, Department of Sociology, October 10th, 4:00 - 5:30 PM, SBS N403, "Partisans & Partners:  The Politics of the Post-Keynesian Society."

Department of Sociology,  Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-4356, tel.: +1 (631) 632-7700

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