Maria Krysan, PhD
Department Head and Professor
1007 W Harrison St.
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Research Interests: racial residential segregation, racial attitudes, survey methods, multi-methods
- Sociology 501: Sociological Research Methods (2nd semester)
- Sociology 509: Survey Research Methods
Maria Krysan (Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1995), Professor and Head in the Department of Sociology and professor in the Institute of Government and Public Affairs. She focuses her research on racial residential segregation and racial attitudes. Her investigations of these substantive issues often connect to methodological questions about how to study this sensitive area of social life. She combines standard closed-ended survey analysis with mode of administration experiments, analyses of open-ended survey questions, focus groups, and in-depth interviews. She is co-author (with H. Schuman, L. Bobo and C. Steeh) of the book Racial Attitudes in America: Trends and Interpretations (Harvard University Press, Revised Edition, 1997), and is responsible for a website that updates the data from that book (http://igpa.uillinois.edu/
Dr. Krysan is also the Director of the Chicago Area Study, a funding and training opportunity for UIC graduate students and faculty members that provides cutting-edge, original social science research about the Chicago area to scholars, community-based practitioners, and public policy analysts.