Edward Laumann

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Biography

Edward Laumann is one of the nation’s leading authorities on the sociology of social networks, health and well-being, and 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 first comprehensive 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 and the spread of sexually transmitted infections.

Laumann’s many research interests include research on human sexuality among older Americans, cross-nationally (in 29 countries and in China), sexuality in urban places, the spread of sexually transmitted infections via sexual networks, subjective well-being, quality of life, and health status, social networks in various social contexts and the urban legal profession.

Laumann’s current research projects include the National Survey of Sexual Practices in China (co-principle investigator); the National Social Health and Aging Project, which surveys 3,000 men and women aged 57 to 85 in the United States (co-principle investigator); analyst for the Global Study of Sexual Attitudes and Behavior, a survey of 27,500 men and women 40 to 80 years of age in 29 countries around the world; and a 20-year follow up study of the legal profession in Chicago (co-principal investigator).

He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.