jeremy freese

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Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, Northwestern University

professional e-mail: jfreese at northwestern dot edu
personal e-mail: jeremyfreese at gmail dot com
office address: Department of Sociology, 1810 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL 60208
office phone: (847) 467-3985  fax: 847-491-9907

Research - Selected publications

Amelia R. Branigan, Kenneth J. McCallum, and Jeremy Freese. Forthcoming. "Variation in the Heritability of Educational Attainment: An International Meta-Analysis." Social Forces. (working paper)

Jason D. Boardman, Jonathan Daw, and Jeremy Freese. Forthcoming. "Defining the Environment in Gene-Environment Research: Lessons from Social Epidemiology." American Journal of Public Health.

Jeremy Freese and J. Alex Kevern. Forthcoming. "Types of Causes." To appear in Stephen L. Morgan (ed.) Handbook for Causal Analysis for Social Research.

Ethan Fosse, Jeremy Freese, and Neil Gross. Forthcoming. "Political Liberalism and Graduate School Attendance: A Longitudinal Analysis." To appear in Neil Gross and Solon Simmons, Professors and their Politics.

Jeremy Freese. 2013. "No Revolution? Don't Blame Evolution." (Featured review essay) Contemporary Sociology 42(2): 190-193. (paper)

Nora Cate Schaeffer, Dana Garbarski, Jeremy Freese, and Douglas W. Maynard. 2013. "An Interactional Model of the Call for Survey Participation: Actions and Reactions in the Survey Recruitment Call." Public Opinion Quarterly 77(1): 323-351 (paper).

Chabris, Christopher, Benjamin M. Hebert, Daniel J. Benjamin, Jonathan Beauchamp, David Cesarini, Magnus Johanneson, Patrik K. E. Magnusson, Paul Lichtenstein, Craig S. Atwood, Jeremy Freese, Taissa S. Hauser, Robert M. Hauser, Nicholas Christakis, David I. Laibson. 2012. "Most Published Genetic Associations with General Cognitive Ability are False Positives." Psychological Science 23(11): 1314-1323 (paper).

Maynard, Douglas W. and Jeremy Freese. 2012. "Good News, Bad News, and Affect: Practical and Temporal 'Emotion Work' in Everyday Life." Anssi Peräkylä and Marja-Leena Sorjonen (eds). Pp. 92-112 in Emotion in Interaction Cambridge University Press.

Daniel J. Benjamin, David Cesarini, Christopher F. Chabris, Edward L. Glaeser, David I. Laibson, Vilmundur Guðnason, Tamara B. Harris, Lenore J. Launer, Shaun Purcell, Albert Vernon Smith, Magnus Johannesson, Patrik K.E. Magnusson,Jonathan P. Beauchamp, Nicholas A. Christakis, Craig S. Atwood, Benjamin Hebert, Jeremy Freese, Robert M. Hauser,Taissa S. Hauser, Alexander Grankvist, Christina M. Hultman, Paul Lichtenstein. 2012. "The promises and pitfalls of genoeconomics." Annual Review of Economics 4: 627-662.

Jeremy Freese and Amelia R. Branigan. 2012. "Cognitive Ability and Survey Nonresponse: Evidence from Two Longitudinal Studies in the United States." EurAmerica 42(2): 221-248.

Maynard, Douglas W., Nora Cate Schaeffer, and Jeremy Freese. 2011. "Improving Response Rates in Telephone Interviews." Charles Antaki (ed.) Applied Conversation Analysis. Palgrave Macmillan.

Jeremy Freese. 2011. "Sociology's Contribution to Understanding the Consequences of Medical Innovations." Journal of Health and Social Behavior 52: 282-284 (paper).

Hanna Grol-Prokopczyk, Jeremy Freese, Robert M. Hauser. 2011. "Using Anchoring Vignettes to Assess Group Differences in General Self-Rated Health." Journal of Health and Social Behavior 52: 246-261 (paper).

Jeremy Freese and Karen Lutfey.  2011.  "Fundamental Causality:  Challenges of an Animating Concept for Medical Sociology.'  Pp. 67-84 in Bernice A. Pescosolido, Jack K. Martin, Jane McLeod, and Ann Rogers (eds.)  The Handbook of the Sociology of Health, Illness, and Healing. (ms)

Douglas W. Maynard, Jeremy Freese, Nora Cate Schaeffer.  2010.  "Calling for Participation: Requests, Blocking Moves, and Rational (Inter)action in Survey Introductions."  American Sociological Review 75(5):791-814 (paper).

Lei Jin, Felix Elwert, Jeremy Freese, and Nicholas Christakis.  2010.  "Preliminary Evidence Regarding the Hypothesis that the Sex Ratio at Sexual Maturity May Affect Longevity in Men."  Demography  47: 579-86 (paper).

Sara Shostak and Jeremy Freese. 2010.  "Gene-Environment Interaction and Medical Sociology." To appear in Chloe E. Bird, Allen M. Fremont, Stefan Timmermans, and Peter Conrad (eds.) Handbook of Medical Sociology, 6th Edition. (paper)

Jeremy Freese and Eszter Hargittai.  2010.  Cache Me If You Can.  Contexts 9(4): 66-68. (paper)

Jeremy Freese and Sara Shostak. 2009. "Genetics and Social Inquiry." Annual Review of Sociology 35:107-128 (paper).

Jeremy Freese.  2009.  "Preferences and the Explanation of Social Action."  Pp. 94-114 in Peter Hedström and Peter Bearman, eds. Oxford Handbook of Analytic Sociology. (ms)

Jeremy Freese. 2009.  "Secondary Analysis of Large Social Surveys."  To appear in Eszter Hargittai (ed.) Research Confidential. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press. (ms)

Sara Shostak, Jeremy Freese, Bruce G. Link, and Jo C. Phelan.  2009.  "The Politics of the Gene: Social Status and Beliefs about Genetics for Individual Outcomes."  Social Psychology Quarterly 72: 79-93. (paper)

Jeremy Freese.  2009.  "Blogs and the Attention Market for Public Intellectuals."  Society 46: 45-48. (paper)

Jeremy Freese.  2009.  "The Limits of Evolutionary Psychology and the Open-Endedness of Social Possibility."  Sociologia 3.  (paper)

Jeremy Freese.  2008.  "Genetics and the Social Science Explanation of Individual Outcomes."  American Journal of Sociology 114: S1-S35(paper)

Jeremy Freese.  2008.  "The Problem of Predictive Promiscuity in Deductive Applications of Evolutionary Reasoning to Intergenerational Transfers: Three Cautionary Tales.”  Pp. 45-78 in Alan Booth, Ann C. Crouter, Suzanne Bianchi, and Judith A. Seltzer (eds.) Caring and Exchange Within and Across Generations.  Washington, DC: Urban Institute Press. (ms)

Jeremy Freese.  2007.  "Reproducibility Standards in Quantitative Social Science: Why Not Sociology?" To appear in Sociological Methods and Research 36:153-172(ms)  See also "Overcoming Objections to Open-Source Social Science," 36:220-226 reply to comments by Abbott and by Firebaugh to appear in same issue (ms)

Jeremy Freese and James Montgomery.  2007.  "The Devil Made Her Do It: Evaluating Risk Preference as an Explanation of Sex Differences in Religiousness."  Pp. 187-230 in Shelley J. Correll (ed.) Advances in Group Processes: The Social Psychology of Gender.  Oxford, Elsevier (ms)

Jeremy Freese, Sheri Meland, and William Irwin.  2007.  "Expressions of Positive Emotion in Photographs, Personality, and Later-Life Marital and Health Outcomes."  Journal of Research in Personality 41: 488-497. (paper)

Karen E. Lutfey and Jeremy Freese.  2007.  "Ambiguities of Chronic Illness Management and Challenges to the Medical Error Paradigm" Social Science & Medicine 64: 314-325. (paper

Jeremy Freese, Salvador Rivas, and Eszter Hargittai.  2006.  "Cognitive Ability and Internet Use Among Older Adults." Poetics 34:236-249.  (paper | supplemental tables)

Jeremy Freese.  2006.  "Analysis of Variance and the Social Complexities of Genetic Causation."  International Journal of Epidemiology 35: 534-536.  (paper)

Kristen W. Springer, Robert M. Hauser, and Jeremy Freese.  2006.  "Bad News Indeed for Ryff's Six-Factor Model of Well-Being."  Social Science Research. (paper)

J. Scott Long and Jeremy Freese.  2005. Regression Models for Categorical Outcomes using Stata, Second Edition.  College Station, TX: Stata Press.  First edition, 2001; Revised first edition, 2003. (book website)

Karen Lutfey and Jeremy Freese.  2005.  "Toward Some Fundamentals of Fundamental Causality: Socioeconomic Status and Health in Treatment Design for Diabetes"  American Journal of Sociology 110: 1326-1372. (paper)

Jeremy Freese. 2004. "Risk Preferences and Gender Differences in Religiousness: Evidence from the World Values Survey."  Review of Religious Research 46: 88-91. (paper)

Jason Schnittker, Jeremy Freese, and Brian Powell. 2003.  "Who are Feminists and What Do They Believe?: The Role of Generations."  American Sociological Review 68: 607-622. (paper)

Jeremy Freese, Jui-Chung Allen Li, and Lisa Wade. 2003. "The Potential Relevances of Biology to Social Inquiry."  Annual Review of Sociology 29: 233-56. (paper)

Dean Krahn, Jeremy Freese, Robert M. Hauser, Kristen Barry, Brian Goodman. 2003. "Alcohol Use and Cognition at Mid-Life: The Importance of Adjusting for Baseline Cognitive Ability and Educational Attainment."  Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research 27: 1162-66. (paper)

Jeremy Freese and Brian Powell. 2003. "Tilting at Twindmills: Rethinking Sociological Responses to Behavioral Genetics."  Journal of Health and Social Behavior 44: 130-135. (paper)

Jeremy Freese. 2003. "Imaginary Imaginary Friends?: Television Viewing and Satisfaction with Friendships."  Evolution and Human Behavior 24: 65-69. (paper)

Jeremy Freese and Sheri Meland. 2002. "Seven Tenths Incorrect: Heterogeneity and Change in the Waist-to-Hip Ratios of Playboy Centerfold Models and Miss America Winners."  Journal of Sex Research 39: 133-138. (paper | data: stata excel)

Jeremy Freese. 2002. "Evolutionary Psychology: 'New Science' or the Same Old Storytelling?"  Contexts 1(3) 44-49. (paper)

Jeremy Freese and Brian Powell. 2001. "Making Love out of Nothing at All?: Null Findings and the Trivers-Willard Hypothesis."  American Journal of Sociology 106: 1776-1789. (paper)

Jeremy Freese.  2000.  What Should Sociology Do About Darwin?: Evaluating Some Potential Contributions of Sociobiology and Evolutionary Psychology to Sociology.  Dissertation, Sociology, Indiana University. (whole thing)

Jason Schnittker, Jeremy Freese, and Brian Powell. 2000. "Nature, Nurture, Neither, Nor: Black-White Differences in Beliefs about the Causes and Appropriate Treatment of Mental Illness."  Social Forces 72: 1101-1132. (paper)

Jeremy Freese and Brian Powell. 1999.  "Sociobiology, Status, and Parental Investment in Sons and Daughters: Testing the Trivers-Willard Hypothesis"  American Journal of Sociology 106: 1704-43. (paper)

Jeremy Freese, Brian Powell, and Lala Carr Steelman.  1999 "Rebel Without a Cause or Effect: Birth Order and Social Attitudes." American Sociological Review 64: 207-31. (paper)

Jeremy Freese, Julie Artis, and Brian Powell. 1999. "Now I Know My ABC's: Demythologizing Grade Inflation."  Pages 185-94 in The Social Worlds of Higher Education, Bernice A. Pescosolido and Ron Aminzade (eds.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press. (paper)

Jeremy Freese and Douglas W. Maynard.  1998.  "Prosodic Features of Bad News and Good News in Conversation."  Language in Society 27: 195-219. (paper)

Research - Selected presentations and working papers

Hanna Grol-Prokopczyk, Jeremy Freese and Robert M. Hauser. 2010. "Anchors-A Way? Using Anchoring Vignettes to Assess Group Differences in Self-Rated Health." (working paper)

James A. Yonker, Robert M. Hauser, and Jeremy Freese. 2007. "The Dimensionality and Measurement of Cognitive Functioning at Age 65 in the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study." (working paper)

James A. Yonker, Dean D. Krahn, Jeremy Freese, and Robert M. Hauser. 2007. "Alcohol Consumption and Later Life Cognitive Ability: The Effects of Correcting for Baseline Cognition." (working paper)

Jeremy Freese and Salvador Rivas.  2006.  "Cognition, personality, and individual response to technological change: The case of Internet adoption."  Working Paper, Center for Demography and Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison (working paper)

Jeremy Freese.  2006.  "Cognitive skills and survey nonresponse: Evidence from two longitudinal studies."  (working paper)  

Jeremy Freese.  "Cognitive ability, procrastination, and the promotion of choice in health policy: Considering the Medicare prescription drug benefit." Presented June 2007 at meetings of the Robert Wood Johnson Scholars in Health Policy Research Program, Aspen (slides)

Jeremy Freese.  "Cognition, Education, and Response to Health-Related Social Innovations" Presented June 2006 at meetings of the Robert Wood Johnson Scholars in Health Policy Research Program, Aspen.  (slides)

Jeremy Freese.  "Reproducibility Standards for Quantitative Social Science: Why Not Sociology?"  Presented April 2006 at American Sociology Association Methodology Conference, University of Connecticut.  (slides)

Jeremy Freese and Karen Lutfey.  "Fundamental Causality and the Challenge of Understanding Socioeconomic Health Disparities" Presented February 2006 at the Eastern Sociological Society meetings (slides)

Research - Other

UltraEdit syntax highlighting file for Stata.  The contents of the text file should be copied and appended to the wordfile.txt file that is in the same directory where the executable for UltraEdit is installed.  It will result in UltraEdit understanding a new language called "Stata" that is associated with extensions .do, .ado, and .dct, and .log.  My current preferred color configuration for UltraEdit Stata is as follows: "Normal text" = black; "Comments" = gray; "Alternate comments" = gray; "Strings" = (not bright) green; "Numbers" = blue; "Statements" (regular commands) = blue; "Estimation commands" = purple; "Functions" = black; "Connectives" = red; "Postestimation commands" = brown; "Operators" = red; "Braces" = red.  As far as I can tell, these need to be changed in the configuration by the user; there is no way of having them specified in the syntax highlighting code.  (text file) last updated 7/31/2006

Utility for users of Stata and the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study: a program that will convert WLS missing value codes (-1, -2, etc.) to Stata missing value codes (.d, .i, etc.) and will also switch the value labels for these missing values.  The program will also optionally change all variable names to lowercase or uppercase.  (zipped .ado and .hlp file | additional instructions for those who do not know how to install Stata ado and help files)

"Constructing a Single Measure of Cognitive Ability from the Two Adolescent Test Scores Available in the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study Graduate Sample"  Wisconsin Longitudinal Study Memo 175, 2006 (memo)

"Estimating the cognitive test score distribution of high school drop-outs in the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study cohort using the freshman centile ranks of WLS graduates"  Wisconsin Longitudinal Study Memo 176, 2006 (memo)

Teaching - Syllabi

University of Wisconsin-Madison SOC 750: Research Methods in Sociology (syllabus)