Areas of Expertise
George Herbert Mead Distinguished Service Professor in Sociology and in the College, Director of the Ogburn Stouffer Center
Edward Laumann is one of the nation's leading authorities on the sociology of sexuality. He recently advised a panel of scholars who conducted the "Global Study of Sexual Attitudes and Behaviors." The survey is based on in-person and telephone interviews with 27,500 men and women aged 40 to 80 years old in 30 countries worldwide, which were conducted during 2001. He also was a co-director of the 1992 National Health and Social Life Survey, the firstcomprehensive and scientifically accurate survey of sex in America. The study disputed many myths about sexual behavior and brought factual information to bear on public policy debates about sexual practices. Currently he is a co-Prinicipal Investigator on the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project, based on a nationally representative sample of adults aged 57 to 85, which is focused on aging, health and sexuality.The study includes extensive data on biomarkers, suchon blood samples and blood pressure and other health indicators such asfrailty,body mass index, stress, and sex hormones.Topics included the impact of aging and health conditions on social connectedness, elder mistreatment, sexuality, and quality of life.