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Howard Schuman

Howard Schuman (born 1928) is an American sociologist and emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Michigan. He is known for his work on survey research, such as the design of polling questions.[1]

Howard Schuman
Born 1928 (age 89–90)
Alma mater Antioch College
Trinity University
Harvard University
Known for Survey research
Awards Guggenheim Fellowship (1980–1981)
American Association for Public Opinion Research's Award for Exceptionally Distinguished Achievement (1994)
Paul F. Lazarsfeld Award from the Methodology Section of the American Sociological Association (1996)
Warren J. Mitofsky Award for Excellence in Public Opinion Research from the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research (2017)
Scientific career
Fields Sociology
Institutions University of Michigan
Thesis Social structure and personality constriction in a total institution (1961)


Education and careerEdit

Schuman received his A.B. from Antioch College in philosophy in 1953, his M.S. in psychology from Trinity University in 1956, and his Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University in 1961. He joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 1964 as an assistant professor, and became a full professor there in 1971. From 1982 to 1990, he directed the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research. He retired from his positions at the University of Michigan in 1996; since then, he has been an emeritus professor at the University of Michigan and an emeritus research scientist at their Survey Research Center.[2] In 2017, Schuman received the Warren J. Mitofsky Award for Excellence in Public Opinion Research from the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at Cornell University.[3]


Schuman has researched many topics in the field of survey research, including public opinion on whether Christopher Columbus discovered America,[4] reported incidents of police abuse in major U.S. cities,[5] and the relationship between studying and grades.[6]

Professional affiliationsEdit

Schuman has been a fellow of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology since 1991, of the Association for Psychological Science since 2004, and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 1993.[2]


  1. ^ Frankovic, Kathy (12 September 2007). "Polls, Truth Sometimes At Odds". CBS News. Retrieved 11 June 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Howard Schuman CV" (PDF). Retrieved 11 June 2017. 
  3. ^ "Mitofsky Award & Dinner - Roper Center". Roper Center. Retrieved 2017-09-18. 
  4. ^ Sides, John (10 October 2016). "Is Christopher Columbus truly a villain? This is what the public really thinks". The Washington Post. Retrieved 11 June 2017. 
  5. ^ Kifner, Joan (9 August 1970). "In the Ghettos of Chicago, Policemen Are Targets". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 June 2017. 
  6. ^ "Students who spend a lot of time studying may be wasting their time..." UPI. 29 August 1985. Retrieved 11 June 2017. 

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