Stephen Vaisey, Director of Graduate Studies and Professor of Political Science and Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Population Research Center

Stephen Vaisey
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Ph.D., University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 2008
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The main goal of my current research is to understand the varieties, origins, and consequences of different moral worldviews. I want to know where people get their ideas about what a "good life" looks like and what it means to be a "good person" and how these (usually implicit) ideas help shape their strategies of action over time. In recent months, I have also been writing about the promise and pitfalls of panel data for causal inference.

Areas of Interest:

Culture and Cognition,
Action Theory,
Quantitative Methods

Curriculum Vitae
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Corrigendum, American Sociological Review, vol. 87 no. 2 (April, 2022), pp. 373-381, SAGE Publications [doi] .
  2. Underwood, T; Kiley, K; Shang, W; Vaisey, S, Cohort Succession Explains Most Change in Literary Culture, Sociological Science, vol. 9 (January, 2022), pp. 184-205 [doi]  [abs].
  3. Vaisey, S, Welcome to the Real World: Escaping the Sociology of Culture and Cognition, Sociological Forum, vol. 36 no. S1 (December, 2021), pp. 1297-1315 [doi]  [abs].
  4. Vaisey, S; Kiley, K, A Model-Based Method for Detecting Persistent Cultural Change Using Panel Data., Sociological Science, vol. 8 (January, 2021), pp. 83-95 [doi]  [abs].
  5. Kiley, K; Vaisey, S, Measuring Stability and Change in Personal Culture Using Panel Data, American Sociological Review, vol. 85 no. 3 (June, 2020), pp. 477-506 [doi]  [abs].