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Steven Ruggles

MN Population Center 50 Willey Hall 225 19th Ave S


  • U. S. census research
  • U. S. social history
  • historical demography
  • history of the family

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: University of Pennsylvania, 1984.

Research Activities

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  • Scholar of the College, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, 2005
  • Robert J. Lapham Award, Population Association of America, for contributions to the application of demographic knowledge to policy issues, 2003
  • Distinguished McKnight University Professor, 2000
  • William J. Goode Distinguished Book Award, American Sociological Association, 1989
  • Named “King of Quant.“ Wired Magazine, 1995
  • American Historical Review best article on American history published in 1994 (nominee for ABC-CLIO America: History and Life Award), 1994
  • Allen Sharlin Memorial Award, Social Science History Association, for best publication in the field of social science history, 1988
  • McKnight-Land Grant Professorship, McKnight Foundation and University of Minnesota, 1987
  • Warren E. Miller Award, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, 2009
  • Platinum Medallion, Delta Airlines, 2009
  • Regents' Professorship, University of Minnesota, 2008

Courses Taught

  • Hist 5011 - Quantitative Methods for Historical Research
  • Hist 5854 - Themes in American Social History: Demographic Perspectives on the American Family
  • Hist 1301 - History of the American Empire 1607-1877
  • Hist 3979 - History of Population
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