Calvin Goldscheider Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Ungerleider Professor Emeritus of Judaic Studies

Calvin Goldscheider is Ungerleider Professor of Judaic Studies and Professor of Sociology and Faculty Associate of the Population Studies and Training Center. He was Professor of Sociology and Demography at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, and Chairman of their Department of Demography. He has also held sociology faculty appointments at the University of Southern California, the University of California, Berkeley and Brandies University. He was a Senior Fulbright Research Scholar and Visiting Professor at the Center for Women's Studies at Stockholm University. His major research publications have focused on the sociology and demography of ethnic populations, historically and comparatively, with a particular emphasis on family and immigration. He has published extensively in these fields in the leading sociology and demography journals and has edited eight collections of original scholarly research in demography. His major authored and co-authored books include: Population, Modernization and Social Structure; The Population of Israel; The Ethnic Factor in Family Structure and Mobility; The Transformation of the Jews; Jewish Continuity and Change; Leaving Home Before Marriage: Ethnicity, Family and Generational Relations; Israel's Changing Society: Population Ethnicity and Development; and The Transition to Adulthood. His most recent book is Cultures in Conflict The Arab-Israeli Conflict. He is currently completing a book on Studying the Jewish Future in Israel, the United States and Europe, and editing a book of research on Islam, Population, and Gender in Comparative Research.

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research overview

I have focused over the last several years on issues of ethnicity and nation-building in comparative and historical perspectives. My major questions have been, how are ethnic groups formed and what happens over time to them and their communities. I use a variety of perspectives to examine these issues in the United States, in Europe and in the Middle East. I am driven to examine these issues because of my interests in questions of social change and diversity and the contexts that shape people's lives and values.

research statement

Areas of Interest: Demography, Ethnicity, Modernization. I have focused over the last several years on issues of ethnicity and nation-building in comparative and historical perspectives. My major questions have been, how are ethnic groups formed and what happens over time to them and their communities. I use a variety of perspectives to examine these issues in the United States, in Europe and in the Middle East. I am driven to examine these issues because of my interests in questions of social change and diversity and the contexts that shape people's lives and values. I also have carried out research on the transition to adulthood and on the nature of religion and family values. I use a variety of methods to study these themes, but primarily examine empirical data from surveys and official data sources. I teach courses on Israeli society and on the American Jewish community, family and demography, and research methods. I have recently published a book on Israel's Changing Society and on Leaving Home Before Marriage.""