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Department of Sociology

Stephen L. Klineberg, Ph.D.


Co-Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research 

Department of Sociology, MS-208
Rice University
6100 S. Main Street
Houston, TX 77005-1892

Office: 402 Lovett Hall 
Tel. (713)348-3484
Fax (713)348-5296
Email: slk@rice.edu
Website: kinder.rice.edu
Curriculum Vitae:  Klineberg cv

Spring 2014

SOCI 436/536 Houston Area Survey

Areas of Interest

  •  Contemporary social change
  • Survey research methodologies
  • Urban and environmental sociology


A graduate of Haverford College near Philadelphia, Professor Klineberg received an M.A. in Psychopathology from the University of Paris and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Harvard. After teaching at Princeton, he joined Rice University's Sociology Department in 1972. The recipient of ten major teaching awards, including the George R. Brown Lifetime Award for Excellence in Teaching, he is a faculty associate and divisional advisor at Lovett College, where he twice served as Interim Master.

In March 1982, he and his students initiated the annual Houston Area Survey, now in its 29th year of tracking the changes in the demographic patterns, life experiences, attitudes, and beliefs of Harris County residents. The Houston region recovered from the collapse of the oil-boom in the 1980s to find itself squarely in the midst of a restructured economy and a demographic revolution. No other city in America has been the focus of a long-term longitudinal research program of this scope. None more clearly exemplifies the transformations that are refashioning the social and political landscape of urban America.

The project has attracted great interest and generous support from foundations, corporations, and individuals in the wider Houston community and beyond. That support has made it possible not only to fund these professional surveys, but also to expand the research each year with additional interviews in Houston's Anglo, African-American, and Latino communities. In 1995 and 2002, the surveys reached large representative samples from Houston’s Asian communities as well, with one-fourth of the interviews conducted in Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, or Korean.

Co-author of The Present of Things Future: Explorations of Time in Human Experience, Dr. Klineberg has written numerous journal articles and research reports, and appears frequently on radio and television. He is also the founding Co-director of Rice University’s “Institute for Urban Research.” Its mission is to provide a permanent home for the annual Houston Area Survey, stimulate other metropolitan research, sponsor educational programs, and engage in public outreach that advances understanding of pressing urban issues and fosters the development of more humane and sustainable cities.

Recent Publications

Public Perceptions in Remarkable Times: Tracking Change Through 24 Years of Houston Surveys. Houston, TX: Rice University, printing by the Houston Chronicle, November 2005.

“Demographic and Related Economic Transformations of Texas: Implications for Early Childhood Education and Development.” In Alvin R. Tarlov and Michelle Precourt Debbink (Eds.) Investing in Early Childhood Development: Evidence to Support a Movement for Educational Change. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2008, pp. 159-176. With Steve Murdock.

“Affirmative Action Attitudes: Effects of Respondent Racioethnicity, Affirmative Action Plan Strength, and Anticipated Consequences.” Group and Organization Management, vol. 33, no. 4, 2008, pp. 361-391. With David A. Kravitz and Tiffany Bludau.

“Who We’ll Live With: Racial Composition Preferences of Whites, Blacks, and Latinos.” Social Forces, Forthcoming. With Valerie A. Lewis and Michael O. Emerson.