Jeremy Freese Ethel and John Lindgren Professor of Sociology

Area(s) of Interest:  Science and Technology, Health and Illness, Social Inequality, Research Methods

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Podcast: Jeremy Freese on Sociology and Genetics

Jeremy Freese discusses sociology and geneticst: why sociology and behavioral genetics need one another, why sociologists have been too hesitant to participate in interdisciplinary research, and how the complexities of gene-environment interdependence are stretching our imaginations as scientists and changing the way we think about causation.


Jeremy Freese, Ph.D.(Sociology) Indiana University, 2000. Freese is interested in drawing connections across biological, psychological, and social causes of divergence in individual's lives, especially as these intersect with technological and other kinds of social change. He hasdeveloped this interest across a variety of projects, including projects on Internet use, health policy, and innovations in genetics. Additionally, he has done work on social science methods, including co-authoring a book on the analyses of categorical data.

Prior to joining the faculty at Northwestern, Freese was a professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at Harvard University.

Courses Taught

SOCIOL 204: Social Interaction Syllabus

SOCIOL 251: Sport, Competition & Society Syllabus

SOCIOL 401-2: Data Analysis Syllabus

SOCIOL 476: Special Topics: Genetics and Society Syllabus


Regression Models for Categorical Dependent Variables Using Stata
(with J. Scott Long), Stata Press, 2005

Selected Publications

“Integrating Genomic Data and Social Science: Challenges and Opportunities.”
Politics and the Life Sciences 30(2): 88-92, 2011

“Using Anchoring Vignettes to Assess Group Differences in General Self-Rated Health.”
Co-author with Hanna Grol-Prokopczyk and Robert M. Hauser.
Journal of Health and Social Behavior 52: 246-261, 2011

“Calling for Participation: Requests, Blocking Moves, and Rational (Inter)action in Survey Introductions.”
Co-author with Douglas W. Maynard and Nora Cate Schaeffer.
American Sociological Review 75(5):791-814, 2010

“The Politics of the Gene: Social Status and Beliefs about Genetics for Individual Outcomes.”
Co-author with Sara Shostak, Bruce G. Link and Jo C. Phelan.
Social Psychology Quarterly 72: 79-93, 2009

"Genetics and the Social Science Explanation of Individual Outcomes.”
American Journal of Sociology 114: S1-S35, 2008