If you can measure that of which you speak… -William Thomson, Lord Kelvin
Active older Americans Closed Laptop Open Hands Several projects at NORC include studies of sexual behavior and sexuality. A work session in NORC's offices
Researcher in Hyde Park Library An impromptu meeting in the NORC lobby

Ogburn-Stouffer Center for the Study of Social Organizations

​The Ogburn-Stouffer Center for the Study of Social Organizations (OSC) grows out of a decades-long relationship between NORC and the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago.

The Ogburn-Stouffer Center promotes innovative, theoretically-informed, empirical research on population, political attitudes and decision making, community, health, social inequality, and social structure.  A core mission is to promote the training of graduate students in the social sciences through involvement in all phases of large-scale survey research from development to execution and analysis. The OSC has played a major role under the direction of Edward O. Laumann in the application of social network approaches to the study of social life. Among its major projects has been a series of studies of the social organization of intimate relationships, starting in 1988 with the National Health and Social Life Survey (NHSLS), the first major national representative survey of sexual practices in the U.S. That work continues today in the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP) — a national longitudinal study of older Americans — that integrates the study of social networks, relationships, and health by incorporating social science theory and methods with biological markers. The OSC provides support to researchers, visiting fellows, and advanced graduate students to develop research projects that advance our understanding of social life and organization.

Special Expertise

  • Demography
  • Health
  • Aging
  • Social Networks
  • Sexuality
  • Special Populations
  • Study Design and Survey Methodology
  • Data Analysis
  • Data Collection
    • Biomarkers

Representative Projects

National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP). The National Social Life, Health and Aging Project (NSHAP) is a population-based study of health and social factors on a national scale, aiming to understand the well-being of older, community-dwelling Americans. More

Headlines

All News

Published Research "New Regression Models with Egocentric Social Network Data: An Analysis of Political Party Preference in Japan.", Yamaguchi, K., 2013 More
Posted: 9.5.2014 9:18AM
Published Research "A Digital Network Approach to Infer Sex Behavior in Emerging HIV Epidemics.", Kapur, A., Schneider, J.A., Heard, D., Mukherjee, S., Schumm, P., Oruganti, G. and Laumann, E.O., 2014 More
Posted: 8.8.2014 11:22AM
Published Research "A New HIV Prevention Network Approach: Sociometric Peer Change Agent Selection.", Schneider, J.A., Zhou, A.N. and Laumann, E.O., 2014 More
Posted: 8.8.2014 11:20AM
Job Posting Programmer Analyst (SAS, Blaise) - Survey Research More
Posted: 4.16.2014 5:13PM
Job Posting Communications Specialist – Website Design and Promotion More
Posted: 4.16.2014 5:12PM
Published Research "Structural Bridging Network Position is Associated with HIV Status in a Younger Black Men Who Have Sex with Men Epidemic.", Shah, N.S., Iveniuk, J., Muth, S.Q., Michaels, S., Jose, J-A., Laumann, E.O. and Schneider, J.A., 2014 More
Posted: 3.7.2014 9:41AM
Published Research "Marital Conflict in Older Couples: Positivity, Personality, and Health.", Iveniuk, J., Waite, L.J., Laumann, E.O., Mcclintock, M.K. and Tiedt, A.D., 2014 More
Posted: 2.7.2014 9:09AM
Published Research "Estimating the Number of Young Black Men who have Sex with Men (YBMSM) on the South Side of Chicago: Towards HIV Elimination within U.S. Urban Communities.", Livak, B., Michaels, S., Green, K., Nelson, C., Westbrook, M., Simpson, Y., Prachand, N.G., Benbow, N. and Schneider, J.A., 2013 More
Posted: 1.14.2014 9:41AM
Published Research "Sexual Behavior and Practices: Data and Measurement.", Michaels, S., 2013 More
Posted: 10.17.2013 11:28AM
Published Research "A Multidimensional Measure of Sexual Orientation, Use of Psychoactive Substances, and Depression: Results of a National Survey on Sexual Behavior in France.", Lhomond, B., Saurel-Cubizolles, M-J. and Michaels, S.; The CSF Group., 2013 More
Posted: 6.11.2013 9:45AM
Published Research "It Gets Better: Resolution of Internalized Homophobia over Time and Associations with Positive Health Outcomes among MSM.", Herrick, A.L., Stall, R., Chmiel, J.S., Guadamuz, T.E., Penniman, T., Shoptaw, S., Ostrow, D. and Plankey, M.W., 2013 More
Posted: 1.7.2013 11:04AM
Published Research "Cumulative Exposure to Stimulants and Immune Function Outcomes among HIV-Positive and HIV-Negative Men in the , Shoptaw, S., Bordon, J., Kao, U., Cox, C., Li, X., Ostrow, D.G. and Plankey, M.W., 2012 More
Posted: 12.27.2012 10:51AM
Published Research "Adversity and Syndemic Production among Men Participating in the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study: A Life-Course Approach.", Herrick, A.L., Lim, S.H., Plankey, M.W., Chmiel, J.S., Guadamuz, T.T., Kao, U., Shoptaw, S., Carrico, A., Ostrow, D.G. and Stall, R., 2013 More
Posted: 12.27.2012 10:37AM
Published Research "Family Network Proportion and HIV Risk among Black Men Who Have Sex with Men.", Schneider, J., Michaels, S. and Bouris, A., 2012 More
Posted: 12.13.2012 10:10AM
Published Research "Network Mixing and Network Influences Most Linked to HIV Infection and Risk Behavior in the HIV Epidemic among Black Men Who Have Sex With Men.", Schneider, J.A., Cornwell, B., Ostrow, D., Michaels, S., Schumm, P., Laumann, E.O. and Friedman, S., 2013 More
Posted: 11.19.2012 11:57AM

News

News NSHAP helps ask if religion works for retirees as mental fitness More
Posted: 10.8.2012 2:15PM
News Meryl Streep, NSHAP, and the sexuality of seniors More
Posted: 8.10.2012 3:16PM
News Maintaining sexual health as we age, with data and findings from NSHAP More
Posted: 4.23.2012 4:08PM
News "Treating Pain on a Social Scale" with research and data from NSHAP More
Posted: 2.10.2012 3:16PM
News Testosterone and the "Casanova Effect", with data from NSHAP More
Posted: 1.11.2012 2:54PM
News "The Fighter Fallacy" cites General Social Survey in looking at Occupy Wall Street and income redistribution More
Posted: 10.25.2011 4:09PM
News NSHAP survey findings show a healthy need for married men to have close, personal friends More
Posted: 10.19.2011 11:25AM

Events

Publications

"New Regression Models with Egocentric Social Network Data: An Analysis of Political Party Preference in Japan." Yamaguchi, K., 2013 More
Posted: 9.5.2014 9:18AM
"A Digital Network Approach to Infer Sex Behavior in Emerging HIV Epidemics." Kapur, A., Schneider, J.A., Heard, D., Mukherjee, S., Schumm, P., Oruganti, G. and Laumann, E.O., 2014 More
Posted: 8.8.2014 11:22AM
"A New HIV Prevention Network Approach: Sociometric Peer Change Agent Selection." Schneider, J.A., Zhou, A.N. and Laumann, E.O., 2014 More
Posted: 8.8.2014 11:20AM
"Structural Bridging Network Position is Associated with HIV Status in a Younger Black Men Who Have Sex with Men Epidemic." Shah, N.S., Iveniuk, J., Muth, S.Q., Michaels, S., Jose, J-A., Laumann, E.O. and Schneider, J.A., 2014 More
Posted: 3.7.2014 9:41AM
"Marital Conflict in Older Couples: Positivity, Personality, and Health." Iveniuk, J., Waite, L.J., Laumann, E.O., Mcclintock, M.K. and Tiedt, A.D., 2014 More
Posted: 2.7.2014 9:09AM
"Estimating the Number of Young Black Men who have Sex with Men (YBMSM) on the South Side of Chicago: Towards HIV Elimination within U.S. Urban Communities." Livak, B., Michaels, S., Green, K., Nelson, C., Westbrook, M., Simpson, Y., Prachand, N.G., Benbow, N. and Schneider, J.A., 2013 More
Posted: 1.14.2014 9:41AM
"Sexual Behavior and Practices: Data and Measurement." Michaels, S., 2013 More
Posted: 10.17.2013 11:28AM
"A Multidimensional Measure of Sexual Orientation, Use of Psychoactive Substances, and Depression: Results of a National Survey on Sexual Behavior in France." Lhomond, B., Saurel-Cubizolles, M-J. and Michaels, S.; The CSF Group., 2013 More
Posted: 6.11.2013 9:45AM
"It Gets Better: Resolution of Internalized Homophobia over Time and Associations with Positive Health Outcomes among MSM." Herrick, A.L., Stall, R., Chmiel, J.S., Guadamuz, T.E., Penniman, T., Shoptaw, S., Ostrow, D. and Plankey, M.W., 2013 More
Posted: 1.7.2013 11:04AM
"Cumulative Exposure to Stimulants and Immune Function Outcomes among HIV-Positive and HIV-Negative Men in the Shoptaw, S., Bordon, J., Kao, U., Cox, C., Li, X., Ostrow, D.G. and Plankey, M.W., 2012 More
Posted: 12.27.2012 10:51AM
"Adversity and Syndemic Production among Men Participating in the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study: A Life-Course Approach." Herrick, A.L., Lim, S.H., Plankey, M.W., Chmiel, J.S., Guadamuz, T.T., Kao, U., Shoptaw, S., Carrico, A., Ostrow, D.G. and Stall, R., 2013 More
Posted: 12.27.2012 10:37AM
"Family Network Proportion and HIV Risk among Black Men Who Have Sex with Men." Schneider, J., Michaels, S. and Bouris, A., 2012 More
Posted: 12.13.2012 10:10AM
"Network Mixing and Network Influences Most Linked to HIV Infection and Risk Behavior in the HIV Epidemic among Black Men Who Have Sex With Men." Schneider, J.A., Cornwell, B., Ostrow, D., Michaels, S., Schumm, P., Laumann, E.O. and Friedman, S., 2013 More
Posted: 11.19.2012 11:57AM
"Social Network and Risk-Taking Behavior Most Associated with Rapid HIV Testing, Circumcision, and Preexposure Prophylaxis Acceptability among High-Risk Indian Men." Schneider, J., Kumar, R., Dandona, R., Kumar, P., Kumar, A., Lakshmi, V., Laumann, E.O., Mayer, K. and Dandona, L., 2012 More
Posted: 11.8.2012 9:49AM
"Candidate Change Agent Identification among Men at Risk for HIV Infection." Schneider, J.A., McFadden, R.B., Laumann, E.O., Prem Kumar, S.G., Gandham, S.R. and Oruganti, G., 2012 More
Posted: 10.25.2012 12:20PM

Job Postings

Programmer Analyst (SAS, Blaise) - Survey Research More
Posted: 4.16.2014 5:13PM
Communications Specialist – Website Design and Promotion More
Posted: 4.16.2014 5:12PM

Contacts

Edward O. Laumann

(773) 702-8691

Senior Staff

Tom W. Smith

Tom W. Smith
Senior Fellow and Director

Stuart Michaels

Stuart Michaels
Senior Research Scientist