Dr. James Witte


Dr. Witte has been a professor at Clemson University and Northwestern University and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Carolina Population Center and a lecturer in sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He has written numerous articles that have appeared in journals such as The European Sociological ReviewPopulation and Development Review and Sociological Methods and Research.  He has also published three books, Labor Force Integration and Marital Choice, the Internet and Social Inequality and The Normal Bar.  The Normal Bar, co-authored with Chrisanna Northrup and Pepper Schwartz, was released in 2013 and made the New York Times bestseller list. Dr. Witte came to Mason in the fall of 2009 and since then major projects have included the privately funded Institute for Immigration Research, the National Science Foundation funded Digital Archive Project, and the University Partnership with the University of Karachi funded by the U.S. State Department. Most recently Dr. Witte is leading the Parallel Pandemic Project https://parallelpandemicproject.com/, which brings together academics from the United States and Pakistan to understand how the course of the COVID-19 pandemic has played out in these two very different societies.  


Social science methods, the impact of the internet on society, and comparative research


  • Ph.D. in Sociology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • M.P.A. in Public Administration, University of Wisconsin, Madison WI
  • B.A., in Government and Sociology, Beloit College, Beloit WI


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Occasional manuscript and grant reviews for: The American Journal of Sociology, The American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Social Problems, Public Opinion Quarterly, Population and Development Review, The European Sociological Review, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).

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