Melvin Seeman

Melvin Seeman (February 5, 1918[2] – January 31, 2020) was an American social psychologist and emeritus professor of sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is known for researching social isolation.[3][4] Seeman turned 100 in February 2018.[5]

Melvin Seeman
Born(1918-02-05)February 5, 1918
DiedJanuary 31, 2020(2020-01-31) (aged 101)[1]
Alma materJohns Hopkins University, Ohio State University
Awards1996 Cooley-Mead Award from the American Sociological Association
Scientific career
FieldsSocial psychology
InstitutionsUniversity of California, Los Angeles, Ohio State University
InfluencesPaul K. Hatt, Kurt Heinrich Wolff, Donald T. Campbell, Julian Rotter


Seeman was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 1947. He subsequently taught at Ohio State for several years, and eventually became an associate professor there. He also served as the director of Ohio State's Operations Research Group from 1956 to 1958. In 1959, he joined the faculty at UCLA, where he chaired the sociology department from 1977 to 1980.[3] He taught at UCLA for 29 years before he retired.[6] He has been the editor-in-chief of Sociometry, associate editor of the American Sociological Review, and the president of the Pacific Sociological Association.[7]


In 1996, Seeman received the Cooley-Mead Award from the American Sociological Association's Section on Social Psychology.[3]


  1. ^ "Melvin Seeman". February 12, 2020. Retrieved February 27, 2020.
  2. ^ Roberts, Ken (September 26, 2008). Key Concepts in Sociology. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 16. ISBN 9781137171528.
  3. ^ a b c Kiecolt, K. Jill (March 1997). "Introduction of Melvin Seeman for the Cooley-Mead Award". Social Psychology Quarterly. 60 (1): 1–3. JSTOR 2787007.
  4. ^ Mills, Albert J.; Durepos, Gabrielle; Wiebe, Elden (2010). Encyclopedia of Case Study Research: L - Z; Index. SAGE. pp. 16–7. ISBN 9781412956703.
  5. ^ How to Start a Revolution: Young People and the Future of American Politics, pg. 78
  6. ^ Abedin, Shahreen (January 21, 2009). "Seniors: Drink to your health". CNN.
  7. ^ Geyer, R. F.; Schweitzer, D. R. (December 6, 2012). Theories of Alienation: Critical perspectives in philosophy and the social sciences. Springer Science & Business Media. pp. xii. ISBN 9781468488135.

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