About Dr. Morris Rosenberg

Morris Rosenberg was born in New York 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 Sociological 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 Distinguished 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 eminent sociologists to campus each year who have made substantial scholarly contributions 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 the UMD Sociology community. 

Past Rosenberg Forum Lecturers

1999 Charles Tilly "Collective Struggles With, About, and For Identities"
2000 Neil Smelser "Looking at Social Structure & Culture in the 21st Century"
2001 Sheldon Stryker  
2002 Alejandro Portes  
2003 Paula England  
2004 Jill Quaddagno  
2005 Michael Burawoy  
2006 Troy Duster "A Post-Genomic Surprise: The Molecular Reinscription of Race"

Melvin Kohn

Carmi Schooler   

Len Pearlin

"Social Structure & Personality in Transitional China: A Preliminary Report of an Ongoing Study"

"How Those Who HAve, Thrive: Mechanisms Underlying the Well Being of the Socially, Psychologically, and Bioligically Privileged in Later Life"

"The Stress Process and Beyond"

2008 Ann Swidler "Politics & the Global Social Imaginary: Responses to AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa"
2009 Sudhir Venkatesh "Law & Order in the Urban Ghetto"
2010 Mary Waters "Five Years After Hurricane Katrina: What Recovery Looks Like for Survivors"
2011 Randall Collins "Informalization of Manners and Self-Presentation, and How to Explain It"
2012 Dalton Conley "Opening the Black Box of Biology to Estimate the Social: Gene-Environment Interaction Effects"
2013 Annette Lareau "Housing, Schools, and the Maintenance of Inequality: How Upper-Middle Class Parents Can Afford to be Nonchalant"
2014 Julia Adams "Routes of Modernity"
2015 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"

2017 David Grusky "Inequality and the American Dream"
2018 Kimberly Hoang "Risky Investments: How Local & Foreign Investors Finesse Corruption-Rife Emerging Markets"
2019 Chris Uggen

"Crime and Punishment in the Life Course: Institutional Spillovers and the Stickiness of Public Labels"

2020 Mario Small "Financial Institutions, Neighborhoods, and Racial Inequality"


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