Sociologists at RAND

As a discipline devoted to scientifically understanding the social underpinnings of human behavior, sociology is at the core of the work undertaken by RAND researchers. RAND research is motivated by real-world questions or problems, to which RAND sociologists bring theoretical perspectives and methodological tools that help elucidate the role of social context and social actions. RAND sociologists publish articles in academic journals, edited volumes, books, along with reports peer-reviewed and published by RAND. They work in interdisciplinary teams with psychologists, economists, and subject area specialists representing expertise on specific topics.

There are roughly 20 sociologists working throughout RAND, housed within the Economics, Sociology, and Statistics Department and the Behavioral Sciences Department, depending on research orientation and interests. They work across a range of research units including Health, Labor and Population, and Education among others. Sociologists at RAND bring a wide range of quantitative and qualitative skills to an even wider range of research projects funded by a variety of sponsors, including government agencies and private foundations, to study a diverse set of social problems. These include topics such as racial and ethnic disparities in health behaviors, college access and affordability for low-income students, group dynamics and cohesion in the military, and social networks and behavior. Resources are available to support proposal development by researchers wishing to seek their own funding, including coverage of time and mentoring from senior researchers.

RAND has an active interest group of sociologists who meet regularly for discussion of sociological aspects of RAND work and external speakers.

  • The RAND 2014 Midterm Election Opinion Study

    The RAND 2014 Midterm Election Opinion Study tracks public opinion of the U.S. midterm elections by surveying the same people over time. This allows us to observe true changes in public opinion, rather than changes based on who was surveyed randomly.

  • Sociologist Robert Bozick Represents RAND on Capital Hill

    On March 3 and 4, 2014, Robert Bozick represented RAND at a series of meetings on Capitol Hill as part of a delegation of members of the Population Association of America and the Association of Population Centers. Bozick also met with Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard and presented her with the Population Association of America's Excellence in Public Service Award.

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