Areas of Research/Interest: Basic sociobehavioral theory; distributive justice; status; international migration; inequality and stratification; probability distributions; mathematical methods for theoretical analysis; factorial survey methods for empirical analysis.
External Affiliations: U.S. Census Scientific Advisory Committee (Chair); Scientific Advisory Board, DIW Berlin (Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung-- German Institute for Economic Research); SOEP Survey Committee, DIW Berlin; Academic Advisory Council, Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences, Humboldt University.
Fellowships/Honors: Research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), Pew Charitable Trusts, Rockefeller Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation; Keynotes and distinguished lectures at NIH, NSF, EQUALSOC, University of Notre Dame, Knight Center for Specialized Journalism at the University of Maryland, Research Data Centres Network of Canada, Oldendorff Institute at Tilburg University, Swedish Sociological Society, Canadian Population Society, International Society for Justice Research, Immigration and Ethnic History Society, School of Public Affairs at American University, Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Norface Migration Workshop at the University of Mannheim, Annual Migration Meeting at Institut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA) Bonn, School of Social Work at the University of Michigan; Research Associate, Hobby Center for Public Policy, University of Houston; Research Fellow, IZA Bonn; Fellow, Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality; Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences; Elected member/fellow of the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars, the Sociological Research Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science; Winner of two best article awards.
"Mathematical Sociology and Human Rights." In D.L. Brunsma, K.E. Iyall Smith, and B.K. Gran (eds.), Handbook of Sociology and Human Rights, 2013.
"Safeguarding Justice Research." Sociological Methods and Research, 2012.
"Is It Remittances Or Is It Tickets to America?" In A. Cuecuecha and C. Perderzini (eds.), Migration and Remittances from Mexico, 2012.
"Migration and Stratification." Social Science Research, 2011.
"James S. Coleman." In G. Ritzer and J. Stepnisky (eds.), The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Major Social Theorists, 2011.
"Plato: Seven Sociological Ideas for the Happy Life." In C. Edling and J. Rydgren (eds.), Sociological Insights of Great Thinkers: Sociology through Literature, Philosophy, and Science, 2011.
"How Many Highly Skilled Foreign-Born Are Waiting in Line for U.S. Legal Permanent Residence?" (with V. Wadhwa, B. Rissing, G. Gereffi, and R. Freeman). International Migration Review, 2010.
"Linking Individuals and Societies." Journal of Mathematical Sociology, 2010.
"A New Model of Wage Determination and Wage Inequality." Rationality and Society, 2009.
"A New Unified Theory of Sociobehavioral Processes." European Sociological Review, 2008.
"How Law Rules: Torture, Terror, and the Normative Judgments of Iraqi
Judges" (with J. Hagan and G. Ferrales). Law and Society Review, 2008.
"Two Types of Inequality" (with S. Kotz). Sociological Methods and Research, 2008.
"From Illegal to Legal: Estimating Previous Illegal Experience among New Legal Immigrants to the United States" (with D. S. Massey, M. R. Rosenzweig, and J. P. Smith). International Migration Review, 2008.
"Distributive Justice and CEO Compensation" (with E.M. Meyersson Milgrom). Acta Sociologica, 2008.
"A New Continuous Distribution and Two New Families of Distributions Based on the Exponential" (with S. Kotz). Statistica Neerlandica, 2007.
"Factorial Survey Methods for Studying Beliefs and Judgments." Sociological Methods and Research, 2007.
"The Tripartite Structure of Social Science Analysis." Sociological Theory, 2004.
"Studying Status: An Integrated Framework." American Sociological Review, 66:96-124, 2001.
"How Much Injustice Is There in the World? Two New Justice Indexes." American Sociological Review, 64:133-168, 1999.
"Methods for the Theoretical and Empirical Analysis of Comparison Processes." Sociological Methodology, 1990.
"A New Theory of Distributive Justice." American Sociological Review, 1980.
"On the Justice of Earnings: A New Specification of the Justice Evaluation Function." American Journal of Sociology, 1978.
The New Chosen People: Immigrants in the United States (with M. R. Rosenzweig), 1990.