Rosenberg Forum

About Dr. Morris Rosenberg

Morris Rosenberg was born in New Yor City on May 6, 1922.  He received his B.A. from Brooklyn College in 1946 and M.A. (1950) and Ph.D. (1953) from Columbia University.  He began his career as Assistant Professor of Sociology at Cornell University in 1955, and moved to the Laboratory on Socio-environmental Studies of the National Institute of Mental Health in 1957.  He re-entered the academic world in 1974 as Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1974, and joined the faculty at the University of Maryland, College Park in 1975, where he taught until his death in 1992. 

Professor Rosenberg served as President of the District of Columbia Sociological Society (DCSS [1967-68]), the Eastern Sociologycal Society (ESS [1987-88]), and the Sociological Research Association (1990-91), and as Vice-President of the American Sociological Association (ASA [1984-85]).

His important books include Society and the Adolescent Self-Image, The Logic of Survey Analysis, Black and White Self-Esteem, Conceiving the Self, and The Unread Mind.  He was the recipient of the ASA AWard for Distinguised Contribution to Scholarship, the Cooley-Mead Award of the ASA Section on Social Psychology, the Stuart A. Rice Award of the DCSS, and the ESS Merit Award. 

About the Rosenberg Forum

The Morris Rosenberg Memorial Lectureship was established in the Department of Sociology at the University of Maryland to pay tribute to the scholarly contributions made by Dr. Rosenberg.  The lectureship brings emninent sociologists to campus each year who have made substantial scholarly cotnributions to the discipline.  The inaugural Rosenberg Lecture was given by Charles Tilly in October 1999.  Since then, the Lectureship has brought some of the most prominent sociologists to speak to UMD Sociology community. 

Past Rosenberg Forum Lecturers


  • Charles Tilly, “Collective Struggles With, About and For Identities”


  • Neil Smelser, “Looking at Social Structure and Culture in the 21st Century”


  • Sheldon Stryker  


  • Alejandro Portes 


  • Paula England 


  • Jill Quaddagno 


  • Michael Burawoy 


  • Troy Duster, “A Post-Genomic Surprise: The Molecular Reinscription of Race”


  • Melvin Kohn, “Social Structure and Personality in Transitional China: A Preliminary Report of an Ongoing Study”
  • Carmi Schooler, “How Those Who Have, Thrive: Mechanisms Underlying the Well Being of the Socially, Psychologically, and Biologically Privileged in Later Life”
  • Len Pearlin, “The Stress Process and Beyond”


  • Ann Swidler, “Politics and the Global Social Imaginary: Responses to AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa”


  • Sudhir Venkatesh, “Law and Order in the Urban Ghetto”


  • Mary Waters, “Five Years After Hurricane Katrina: What Recovery Looks Like for Survivors”


  • Randall Collins, “Informalization of Manners and Self-Presentation, and How to Explain It”


  • Dalton Conley, “Opening the Black Box of Biology to Estimate the Social: Gene-Environment Interaction Effects”


  • Annette Lareau, “Housing, Schools, and the Matinenance of Inequality: How Upper-Middle Class Parents Can Afford to be Nonchalant”


  • Julia Adams, “Routes of Modernity”


  • Michael Hout, “Causal Inference from 3-wave Panels: Modeling Americans' Attitude Change During and Since the Great Recession, 2006-2014”


  • Andrew Cherlin “The Economy, the Family, and Working-Class Discontent”