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Patricia Gwartney

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  • Title: Professor Emerita
  • Phone: 541-346-5007
  • Office Hours: Retired; no office hours
  • Interests: Comparative and Historical Approaches, Family Life Course and Society, Inequalities and Stratification, Population and Ecology, Race and Ethnicity, Qualitative Approaches, Quantitative Approaches
  • Curriculum Vitae


Professor Gwartney received the A.B. from University of California-Berkeley in 1973 and an M.A. and Ph.D. from University of Michigan in 1979 and 1981, respectively, all in Sociology. She joined the University of Oregon Sociology faculty in 1981, where she rose through the ranks as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Full Professor, and Department Head. In 1986 she was a Fulbright Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor (Sociology) at University of Auckland (New Zealand). In 2012 she was Adjunct Professor (Statistics) at Pyongyang University of Science & Technology (North Korea), administered by Statistics Without Borders. Between 1992 and 2003 she was Founding Director of the Oregon Survey Research Laboratory, managing 285 projects and about $8 million in grants and contracts. Data and reports from 177 of OSRL's studies are archived with the University Library's Scholar's Bank ( She is the elected President of the Pacific Sociological Association for 2014-15.

Research Interests

  • social demography
  • survey methodology
  • premarital processes
  • conflict resolution

Teaching Areas

  • social demography
  • research methods and measurement
  • family
  • labor force/employment/occupations
  • stratification

Selected Publications

2014 (Forthcoming)        “Elite dilution or saved by the belles? The changing social demography of the Pacific Sociological Association.” The American Sociologist 45(1):xxxx.

2013         “Mischief vs. mistakes: Motivating interviewers to not deviate.” Pp. 199-218 in Interviewers’ Deviations in Surveys – Impact, Reasons, Detection and Prevention (edited by P. Winker, N. Menold, and R. Porst). Berlin: Peter Lang International Academic Publishers. (

2008         “Race, gender, class, and terrorism in the immediate aftermath of September 11, 2001.” Race, Gender & Class 14(3-4): 77-97. (

2007         The Telephone Interviewer’s Handbook: How to Conduct Standardized Conversations. San Francisco CA: Jossey-Bass/John Wiley & Sons Publishers. 336 pp. (

2006         “Pricing environmental amenities: An assessment of the contingent valuation method,” Bulletin de Methodologie Sociologique 90:56-61. (

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