• About:

      Mike Hout uses demographic methods to study social change in inequality, religion, and politics. His current work uses the General Social Survey panel to study Americans’ changing perceptions of class, religion, and their place in society. In 2006, he and Claude Fischer published Century of Difference, a book on twentieth-century social and cultural trends in the United States. The Truth about Conservative Christians with Andrew Greeley (University of Chicago Press, 2006) explored the social and political context of the religious right. Illustrative papers include “How Class Works: Subjective Aspects of Class Since the 1970s,” in an edited volume by Annette Lareau and Dalton Conley (Russell Sage, 2008) and “How 4 Million Irish Immigrants Came to be 40 Million Irish Americans” (with Josh Goldstein, Am. Soc. Rev., April 1994). Mike Hout’s honors include election to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 1997, the National Academy of Sciences in 2003 and the American Philosophical Society in 2006. Before coming to NYU in 2013, he taught at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1985 to 2013, and before that he taught at the University of Arizona from 1976 to 1984.