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Stephen L. Morgan

Jan Rock Zubrow '77 Professor,
Director of Graduate Studies

Ph.D. 2000
Harvard University

376 Uris Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York

(607) 255-0706

Areas of Interest:

  • Labor Markets
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Sociology of Education
  • Quantitative Methodology

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Curriculum Vitae

Personal Site

Recent Courses:

Soc 2220 Controversies About Inequality
Soc 3570 Schooling, Racial Inequality, and Public Policy in America
Soc 4130/5130 From CEOs to Stevedores: The Economic Sociology of Earnings
Soc 5060 Research Methods II
Soc 5180 The Demography of Education and Inequality
Soc 6090 Causal Inference
Soc 6750 Social Inequality: Contemporary Theories, Debates, and Models


Stephen L. Morgan is the Jan Rock Zubrow '77 Professor in the Social Sciences at Cornell University and an Associate Director of the Cornell Population Center. He received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University, an M.Phil. in Comparative Social Research from Oxford University, and a B.A. in Sociology from Harvard University.

Beyond Cornell, he is a member of the Board of Overseers of the General Social Survey and the Socioeconomic Status Experts Panel, convened by the U.S. Department of Education to develop a new measure of socioeconomic status for federal reporting of the results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) testing program, often referred to as The Nation's Report Card.

His current areas of research include education, inequality, demography, and methodology. In addition to journal articles on these topics, he has published two books: On the Edge of Commitment: Educational Attainment and Race in the United States (Stanford University Press, 2005) and, co-written with Christopher Winship, Counterfactuals and Causal Inference: Methods and Principles for Social Research (Cambridge University Press, 2007).

His recent publications include an edited volume, the Handbook of Causal Analysis for Social Research (Springer, 2013), a chapter, co-written with Jenny Todd and Trey Spiller, on the primary and secondary effects of family background on educational attainment in the United States (in Determined to Succeed? Performance versus Choice in Educational Attainment [Stanford University Press, 2013], edited by Michelle Jackson), an article, co-written with Dafna Gelbgiser and Kim Weeden, on gender differences in occupational plans and initial college major selection (Social Science Research, 2013), an article, co-written with Theo Leenman, Jenny Todd, and Kim Weeden, on the effects of students' beliefs about their futures on achievement in high school (Social Forces, 2013), and an article, also co-written with Theo Leenman, Jenny Todd, and Kim Weeden, on students' occupational plans, uncertainty of beliefs, and subsequent patterns of college entry (Sociology of Education, 2013). For the remainder of 2013, he aims to finish, along with Christopher Winship, the writing for the second edition of Counterfactuals and Causal Inference, which should be available by summer or fall of 2014.


For a complete list, see my CV.

Many of my publications can be accessed through my personal site.