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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

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Published Research "Prevalence and Social Distribution of Men Who Have Sex with Men: United States and Its Urban Centers.", Binson, D., Michaels, S., Stall, R., Coates, T.J., Gagnon, J.H. and Catania, J.A., 1995 More
Posted: 12.2.2014 1:49PM
Published Research "Monitoring AIDS and Other Rare Population Events: A Network Approach.", Laumann, E.O., Gagnon, J.H., Michaels, S., Michael, R.T. and Schumm, L.P., 1993 More
Posted: 12.2.2014 1:46PM
Published Research "Monitoring the AIDS Epidemic in the United States: A Network Approach.", Laumann, E.O., Gagnon, J.H., Michaels, S., Michael, R.T. and Coleman, J.S., 1989 More
Posted: 12.2.2014 1:44PM
Published Research "The Health Benefits of Network Growth: New Evidence from a National Survey of Older Adults.", Cornwell, B. and Laumann, E.O., 2014 (forthcoming) More
Posted: 11.21.2014 10:04AM
Published Research "Methodological Issues in the Study of Sexuality.", Michaels, S., 2015 (forthcoming) More
Posted: 11.17.2014 10:08AM
Published Research "Emergent Adulthood in Lesbian and Gay Lives: Individual Development, Life Course, and Social Change.", Cohler, B.J. and Michaels, S., 2012 More
Posted: 11.14.2014 4:42PM
Published Research "Race, Gender, and Class in Sexual Scripts.", Mahay, J., Laumann, E.O. and Michaels, S., 2001 More
Posted: 11.14.2014 4:41PM
Published Research "Integrating Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in the Study of Sexuality.", Michaels, S., 1997 More
Posted: 11.14.2014 4:38PM
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

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

"Prevalence and Social Distribution of Men Who Have Sex with Men: United States and Its Urban Centers.", Binson, D., Michaels, S., Stall, R., Coates, T.J., Gagnon, J.H. and Catania, J.A., 1995 More
Posted: 12.2.2014 1:49PM
"Monitoring AIDS and Other Rare Population Events: A Network Approach.", Laumann, E.O., Gagnon, J.H., Michaels, S., Michael, R.T. and Schumm, L.P., 1993 More
Posted: 12.2.2014 1:46PM
"Monitoring the AIDS Epidemic in the United States: A Network Approach.", Laumann, E.O., Gagnon, J.H., Michaels, S., Michael, R.T. and Coleman, J.S., 1989 More
Posted: 12.2.2014 1:44PM
"The Health Benefits of Network Growth: New Evidence from a National Survey of Older Adults.", Cornwell, B. and Laumann, E.O., 2014 (forthcoming) More
Posted: 11.21.2014 10:04AM
"Methodological Issues in the Study of Sexuality.", Michaels, S., 2015 (forthcoming) More
Posted: 11.17.2014 10:08AM
"Emergent Adulthood in Lesbian and Gay Lives: Individual Development, Life Course, and Social Change.", Cohler, B.J. and Michaels, S., 2012 More
Posted: 11.14.2014 4:42PM
"Race, Gender, and Class in Sexual Scripts.", Mahay, J., Laumann, E.O. and Michaels, S., 2001 More
Posted: 11.14.2014 4:41PM
"Integrating Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in the Study of Sexuality.", Michaels, S., 1997 More
Posted: 11.14.2014 4:38PM
"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

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