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In Memoriam: Jim Davis

October 07, 2016

James A. Davis 2010 Award recipient

Jim Davis, giant in the field of survey research and winner of the 2010 Roper Center Mitofsky Award, died on September 29 after a brief illness. His contributions to sociology included the establishment of the General Social Survey, an unparalleled resource on the changing attitudes of Americans. He served as director of NORC and was the author of many influential books and keystone articles on quantitative research. In addition to his research career, Davis was a wonderful teacher and enriched the classrooms of Yale University, the University of Chicago, the Johns Hopkins University, Dartmouth College, and Harvard University. Davis was an enthusiastic supporter of the Roper Center, serving on the Board of Directors of the Roper Center as well as contributing GSS as a core component of the archive collection. Read more about Jim Davis and his many accomplishments in this 2010 profile celebrating his Mitofsky Award.