LBJ Professor Paul von Hippel honored by the American Sociological Association | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin

The professor and specialist in research design and methodology joins an impressive list of young scholars who have been recognized for their contributions and innovations.

LBJ Associate Professor Paul von Hippel is the 2019 winner of the American Sociological Association's Leo Goodman Award, conferred by the organization's methodology section to recognize a scholar’s contributions to the field of methodology or innovative uses of sociological methodology early in his or her career — no more than 15 years after earning a Ph.D.

"Paul's rigorous scholarly contributions bring much value to the LBJ community," said Angela Evans, dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs. "Facts are critically important, not only to policy practitioners and the academic community, but to the foundation and functioning of our democracy. I am so pleased about this noteworthy recognition of Paul’s scholarship that has helped to inform important policy deliberations."

The ASA will present its awards, including the Leo Goodman Award during its 114th annual meeting Aug. 10–13 in New York City.

Von Hippel studies evidence-based policy, educational inequality and the relationship between schooling, health and obesity. A three-time winner of best article awards from the ASA’s education and methodology sections, he teaches research and empirical methods as well as social policy at the LBJ School.

Research from Paul von Hippel:

The ASA is a nonprofit 501(c)3 membership association dedicated to advancing sociology as a scientific discipline and profession serving the public good. Its more than 13,000 members ae made up of faculty from universities, colleges and community colleges, researchers, students, high school teachers and practitioners. The methodology section is devoted to fostering cooperation in research and develop methods for investigation, data collection and analysis.

Past Goodman Award winners:

  • 2018: Felix Elwert, University of Wisconsin
  • 2017: Benjamin Cornwell, Cornell University
  • 2016: Jennie E. Brand, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 2015: Matthew J. Salganik, Princeton University
  • 2014: Scott Lynch, Princeton University
  • 2013: Stephen L. Morgan, Cornell University
  • 2012: James L. Mahoney, Northwestern University
  • 2011: Damon Centola, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2010: Carter Butts, University of California, Irvine
  • 2007: Mitch Duneier, Princeton University
  • 2005: Joeren Vermunt, Tilburg University, Netherlands

About the American Sociological Association
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