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Stephen Cole


Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. Columbia


Stephen Cole studied with Robert K. Merton and Paul F. Lazarsfeld at Columbia University. He has published extensively in the following areas: the sociology-1 of science, the sociology-1 of education, gender, and medical sociology-1. He is also the author of a best-selling research methods text. In 1991, he published an edited collection of essays critical of the current state of sociology-1, What's Wrong with Sociology? (Transaction Publishers). In January 2003, Harvard University Press published his monograph, Increasing Faculty Diversity: The Occupational Choices of High Achieving Minority Students. Currently, Cole teaches the required graduate course, "The Logic and Methods of Sociological Research." Recently, with Mark Schneider (Chair, Political Science), Cole taught an interdisciplinary graduate seminar in educational policy. He is currently working on a book tentatively titled Fixing Education. When that is completed, he intends to put together his lectures on medical care into a book highly critical of the current way in which medicine is practiced in the United States. In May 2007, Professor Cole was named a Distinguished Professor.

Selected Publications

Peer Review in the National Science Fundation: Phase Two of a Study, Washington, D.C.: National Academy of Science Press (Jonathan R. Cole, Stephen Cole, with the Committee on Science and Public Policy of the National Academy of Sciences).  

1978 Peer Review in the National Science Foundation: Phase One of a Study, Washington, D.C.: National Academy of Sciences Press (Stephen Cole, Leonard Rubin and Jonathan R. Cole).
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