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Michael Hout

Professor of Sociology ; Director, Center for Advanced Social Science Research (CASSR); Interim Chair

Ph.D. 1976 (Sociology), Indiana University; M.A. 1973 (Sociology); B.A. 1972 (Sociology and History), University of Pittsburgh.

Office Address: 

Puck Building, Room 4139, 295 Lafayette Street New York, NY 10012

Office Hours: 

Wednesdays, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Areas of Research/Interest: 

Inequality; Social Change; Demography; and Quantitative Methods

Research Description: 

Mike Hout uses demographic methods to study social change in inequality, religion, and politics. He is co-principal investigator on the General Social Survey (GSS), a long-running NSF project. His current work uses the GSS to study changing occupational hierarchies and social mobility since 1972. He is organizing through a National Academy of Sciences standing committee, the American Opportunity Study, an inquiry into long-term trends in social mobility based on census records linked across generations. With Kim Voss and Kristin George, he has studied college dropout and completion between 1982 and 2004. Mike’s books include Century of Difference (with Claude Fischer, 2006), The Truth about Conservative Christians (with Andrew Greeley, 2006), Inequality by Design (with five Berkeley colleagues, 1996), Following in Father's Footsteps: Social Mobility in Ireland (1989), and Mobility Tables (1983). A couple of illustrative papers include “Social and Economic Returns to Higher Education in the United States" (2012), "The Demographic Imperative in Religious Change” (with Greeley and Wilde, 2001) and "How 4 Million Irish Immigrants Came to be 40 Million Irish Americans" (with Goldstein, 1994). Mike Hout's honors include election to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 1997, the National Academy of Sciences in 2003, and the American Philosophical Society in 2006. Mike's education includes a bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh in history and sociology and masters and PhD from Indiana University in sociology. Before coming to NYU in 2013, he taught at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1985 to 2013, and the University of Arizona from 1976 to 1984.

Curriculum Vitae


2006 Century of Difference: How America Changed in the Last One Hundred Years (with Fischer). Russel Sage Foundation.
2006 The Truth About Conservative Christians (with Andrew Greeley). University of Chicago Press.

1996 Inequality by Design: Cracking the Bell Curve Myth (with Fischer, Lucas, Sanchez-Jankowski, Swidler and Voss). Princeton University Press. 
1989 Following in Father's Footsteps: Social Mobility in Ireland. Harvard University Press.
1993 Mobility Tables. Sage Publications.

Published Articles and Chapters:

2015. Hout, Michael, Tom W. Smith, and Peter V. Marsden. "Prestige and Socioeconomic Scores for the 2010 Census Codes." GSS Methodological Report No. 124

2015 Hout, Michael. "A Summary of What We Know about Social Mobility" The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (January) 657: 27-36.

2014. Hout, Michael, and Claude S. Fischer. Explaining Why More Americans Have No Religious Preference: Political Backlash and Generational Succession, 1987-2012 Sociological Science 1: 423-447.
2012 Hout, Michael. “Social and Economic Returns to Higher Education in the United States.” Annual Review of Sociology 38: 379-400.
2012 Hout, Michael, and Andrew M. Greeley. “Religion and Happiness.” Pp. 288-314 in Social Trends in American Life, edited by Peter V. Marsden. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
2011 Hout, Michael, Asaf Levanon, and Erin Cumberworth. “Job Loss and Unemployment During the Great Recession.” Pp. 59-91 in The Great Recession, edited by David B. Grusky, Bruce Western, and Christopher Wimer. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
2011 Hout, Michael, and Alexander Janus. “Educational Mobility Since the 1930s.” Pp. 165-186 in Whither Opportunity?, edited by Greg Duncan and Richard Murnane. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
2010 Kesler, Christel, and Michael Hout. “Entrepreneurship and Immigrant Wages in U.S. Labor Markets: A Multi-Level Approach.” Social Science Research 42: 187-201.
2008 Hout, Michael. "How Class Works in Popular Conception: Most Americans Identify with the Class Their Income, Occupation, and Education Implies for Them." Ch. 2 in Social Class: How Does It Work?, edited by Annette Lareau and Dalton Conley. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

2006 Hout, Michael, and Thomas A. DiPrete. "RC28's Contribution to Knowledge: An Assessment and an Agenda for the Future." Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 24: 1-20.

2006 Hout, Michael, and Emily Beller. "Intergenerational Social Mobility in Comparative Perspective." The Future of Children 16: 19-36.

2004 Gerber, Theodore P., and Michael Hout. "Tightening Up: Inter- and Intragenerational Mobility in Russia, 1988-2002." American Sociological Review 69 (October): 677-703.

2002 Hout, Michael, and Claude S. Fischer, "Explaining the Rise of Americans with No Religious Preference: Generations and Politics." American Sociological Review 67: 165-190.

2001 Hout, Michael, Andrew M. Greeley, and Melissa J. Wilde, "The Demographic Imperative in Religious Change." American Journal of Sociology 107: 468-500.

1999 Hout, Michael. "Abortion Politics in the United States, 1972-1996." Gender Issues 17: 3-34.

1998 Gerber, Theodore P., and Michael Hout. "More Shock Than Therapy: Employment and Incomes in Russia, 1991-1996." American Journal of Sociology 104 (July): 1-51.

1995 Hout, Michael, Clem Brooks, and Jeff Manza. "The Democratic Class Struggle in U.S. Presidential Elections: 1948-1992." American Sociological Review 60 (December): 805-828.

1994 Hout, Michael, and Joshua R. Goldstein. "How 4.5 Million Irish Immigrants Came to Be 41 Million Irish Americans: Demographic, Social, and Subjective Components of the Ethnic Composition of the White Population of the United States." American Sociological Review 59 (February): 64-82.

1993 Raftery, Adrian E., and Michael Hout. "Maximally Maintained Inequality: Educational Stratification in Ireland". Sociology of Education 65 (January): 41-62.

1988 Hout, Michael. "More Universalism and Less Structural Mobility: The American Occupational Structure in the 1980s." American Journal of Sociology 93 (May): 1358-1400.

1987 Hout, Michael, and Andrew M. Greeley. "The Center Doesn't Hold: Church Attendance in the United States, 1940-1984." American Sociological Review 52: 325-345.

1985 Sobel, Michael E., Michael Hout, and Otis Dudley Duncan. "Exchange, Structure, and Symmetry in Occupational Mobility." American Journal of Sociology 91 (September): 359-372.

1984 Hout, Michael. "Occupational Mobility of Black Men: 1962-1973." American Sociological Review 49 (June): 308-322.

1978 Hout, Michael. "Determinants of Marital Fertility in the United States, 1968- 1970: Inferences from a Dynamic Model." Demography 15 (May): 139-161.

Updated on 02/23/2017