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Norval Glenn

Norval Glenn

2007 Warren E. Miller Award for Meritorious Service to the Social Sciences

Norval Glenn was a major influence in moving ICPSR into the field of sociology in the early 1980s. Prior to that, the organization was viewed as mostly of interest to political scientists. Norval (along with the late Tad Blalock) helped recruit data deposits from many prominent sociologists on the topics of family, life course, and marriage. Norval played a major role in adding the "S" to the former ICPR, and helping to make the organization truly multidisciplinary. He served on the ICPSR Council during this period, and served as an Associate Director from 1985 to 2000. He has had a long and distinguished career as a researcher, methodologist, and teacher.

Dr. Glenn is the Ashbel Smith Professor of Sociology and the Stiles Professor in American Studies at University of Texas. His teaching and research interests relate to the family (especially marriage), aging and the life course, social and cultural change, and methods of survey research and data analysis. Several recent publications deal with the relationship between social science and public policy, the state of American marriage, optimal marital matching, and the relationship of age at marriage to marital success.

Glenn has also contributed significantly to the area of social science methodology, producing several recent publications about cohort analysis, including a chapter in the Handbook of Aging and the Life Course and an extensively revised edition of his Sage Series titled, Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences.

In addition to his numerous professional memberships in associations such as the Population Association of America and American Sociological Association, Dr. Glenn has held editorial and advisory positions in publications such as Social Science Quarterly, Social Science Research, and the Journal of Family Issues.