Howard Schuman

Research Scientist Emeritus
Professor Emeritus of Sociology
Howard Schuman


Howard Schuman is a Research Scientist Emeritus at the Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research and Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. He joined the University of Michigan in 1964 as an Assistant Professor of Sociology; he was promoted to Associate Professor in 1967 and Professor in 1971.

Much of Professor Schuman's research has arisen out of his concern for: the quality of the question-answer process in large scale surveys; changes in racial attitudes over time; and the effects of generational experience on collective memory. Professor Schuman has mentored many graduate students and has co-authored numerous journal articles with them. He has also been a valued undergraduate instructor.

Professor Schuman has served as director of ISR's Survey Research Center, chair of the Department of Sociology, director of the Detroit Area Study, and has served in the Senate Assembly and on the Rackham Graduate School's Divisional Board for the Social Sciences, including one year as board chair. He has been on the editorial boards of numerous journals; has edited the journals Social Psychology Quarterly, and Public Opinion Quarterly; and was elected president of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) in 1985-86.

Among Professor Schuman's honors are the Gordon W. Allport Prize in 1970, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1980-81, and a fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in 1985-86. He received a Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award from the University of Michigan in 1989. He was named a fellow of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology in 1991, and in 1993, he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1994, he received AAPOR's Award for Exceptionally Distinguished Achievement in the field of public opinion and research, the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Award, American Sociological Association, 1996, the American Association for Public Opinion Research Annual Book Award, 2005, for Racial Attitudes in America: Trends and Interpretations, and the Philip Converse Award for 2005 for Questions and Answers in Attitude Surveys: Experiments on Question Form, Wording, & Context, American Political Science Association.