Diker-Tishman Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology, Harvard University
Christopher Winship is Diker-Tishman Professor of Sociology, and Harvard Kennedy School of Government faculty member. He holds his BA in sociology and mathematics from Dartmouth College and PhD in sociology from Harvard. He held postdoctoral fellowships at the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin and National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. Professor Winship was a Professor of Sociology, Statistics, and Economics (by courtesy) at Northwestern University, and served as director of the Program in Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences before he returned to Harvard in 1992. He has edited Sociological Methods & Research since 1995. He is affiliated with the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science, and Harvard Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations.
Professor Winship is the author of articles on various statistical and methodological issues including the analysis of qualitative dependent variables, selection bias, and counterfactual causal analysis. His research has also focused on changes in the social and economic status of African Americans during the 20th century, particularly changes in youth unemployment, marital behavior, and prison incarceration. Another line of research has resulted in a series of articles critiquing the findings in The Bell Curve. Since 1994 he has been working with and studying a group of black inner-city ministers known as The Ten Point Coalition and their efforts with the Boston Police Department to deal with youth violence. In 2007 he coauthored “Counterfactuals and Causal Inference” (Cambridge University Press) with Stephen L. Morgan.