University at Albany

Excellence in Research

Each year, the University at Albany honors special members of its community with Excellence Awards denoting exceptional contributions to the life of the campus. Four faculty members received this tribute in 2005 for Excellence in Research.

Stewart TolnayStewart TolnaySociology

Since his arrival at Albany in 1988, Stewart Tolnay of the Department of Sociology has established himself as an anchor in the University's inter-departmental demography groups. His exemplary research accomplishments include his leadership of the Center for Social and Demographic Analysis, several book awards, multiple grants from the nation's most prestigious funding agencies, and numerous publications in the leading discipline-wide journals, as well as in the top specialty journal for his major emphasis, demography.

His research is distinguished by the unusual combination of carefully crafted research hypotheses derived from relevant theories, sophisticated state-of-the-art methodologies, and data constructed painstakingly from non-traditional sources. All are assembled with meticulous attention to detail.

This combination is very much on display in his award-winning book, A Festival of Violence, An Analysis of Southern Lynchings, 1882-1930, as well as in his many journal articles. In addition, his leadership in designing and directing the Center for Social and Demographic Analysis is unique. CSDA in a short time has lifted the University into an elite tier of population-studies centers in the U.S., culminating with its recently being awarded a major five-year NIG Population Center Core Grant.

Presently, Tolnay's research addresses two broad substantive themes in historical demography. The first concerns the evolution of fertility patterns and trends among African Americans, and the second concerns racial violence in the American South between 1880 and 1930. In addition to his own research agenda and his important contributions to facilitating the research of other faculty on campus, Tolnay is significantly involved in the research training of students through teaching courses in statistics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, supervising the research of graduate students, and supervising graduate assistants at the Center.

Excellence in Research

Deepak Kapur Stewart Tolnay Ronald Toseland Cathy Spatz Widom
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