» The Earl Babbie Research Center

The Earl Babbie Research Center at Chapman University is dedicated to empowering students and faculty to apply a wide variety of qualitative and quantitative social research methods to conduct studies that address critical social, behavioral, economic and environmental problems. The Center’s mission is to provide research support and instruction to students, faculty and the broader community, and to produce research that addresses global concerns including human rights, social justice, peaceful solutions to social conflicts and environmental sustainability. The Babbie Center supports cutting edge interdisciplinary research and encourages faculty student collaboration. For more information about the Earl Babbie Research Center, please send us an e-mail at babbiecenter@chapman.edu.

+ - Workshops

  • Host conferences with internationally acclaimed scholars and practitioners.
  • Provide seed grant money to encourage student and faculty research.
  • Provide travel funds to students and faculty who need to do field work.
  • Host visiting scholars and post-doctoral fellows.
  • Develop Courses that support the goals of the Center

+ - Current Services

  • Research Design and Statistical Consulting
  • The Babbie Center provides free consulting to graduate students and faculty at all stages of the research process. The center’s staff has the ability to provide initial design consultations, assistance with a broad range of quantitative and qualitative analyses, help identifying secondary data sources,  and, when capacity allows, assistance with data entry and management. Please contact us at babbiecenter@chapman.edu to set up an appointment. Drop in consultation hours will be posted soon.
  • About Earl Babbie
  • Babbie Center Staff
  • Advisory Board
  • Earl Babbie

    Due to the decades-long, world-wide popularity of his textbooks in social research, Dr. Earl Babbie is one of the most famous living sociologists today. He holds the position of Campbell Professor Emeritus in Behavioral Sciences at Chapman University. He is best known for his book The Practice of Social Research (first published in 1975), currently in its 14th English edition, with numerous non-English editions. The text has been widely adopted in colleges throughout the United States and throughout other parts of the world. He is also an author of research articles and monographs. Throughout his career he has been active in the American Sociological Association and served on the ASA’s executive committee. He is also past president of the Pacific Sociological Association and California Sociological Association.

  • Dr. Peter Simi:
    Peter Simi joins us from the University of Nebraska Omaha where he was an Associate Professor of Criminology and Director of Radicalization and Violent Groups Research in the Center for Collaboration Science.  He has studied extremist groups and violence for the past 20 years, conducting interviews and observation with a range of violent gangs and political extremists. Dr. Simi is a member of the National Consortium in Studies of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) which is a university-based research center committed to the scientific study of the causes and consequences of terrorism in the United States and around the world. His research has been funded by the National Institute of Justice, National Science Foundation, Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Defense.

    Simi is also co-author of an award-winning book manuscript, American Swastika: Inside the White Power Movement’s Hidden Spaces of Hate and frequently serves as an expert legal consultant on criminal cases related to political extremism. He is currently working on a book manuscript under contract with the University of California Press that examines the domestic front in the “war on terror” tentatively titled: Sting: Inside the FBI’s Provocation of Terror.

    Undergraduate Research Fellows coming soon!

    Center Fellows

    Dr. Ann Gordon:
    Dr. Ann Gordon is associate dean of Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and an associate professor of political science. She is the director of the Ludie and David C. Henley Social Sciences Research Laboratory. Dr. Gordon has published three books and numerous articles. She is Co-PI of the ongoing Chapman Survey of American Fears (CSAF), leading the team studying disasters and preparedness. The CSAF has been featured in over 800 print and broadcast media including the New York Times, The Huffington Post, CBS This Morning, Yahoo News, Good Housekeeping, the Washington Post, USA Today, and TIME. Dr. Gordon works with emergency managers in Southern California on communicating preparedness to the public.

    Dr. Christopher Bader:
    Christopher Bader is a Professor of Sociology at Chapman University and affiliated with the Institute for Religion, Economics and Society (IRES).  He was principal investigator of the first two waves of the Baylor Religion Survey, a nationwide survey of US religious beliefs and the principal investigator of the the first three waves of the Chapman Survey of American Fears.  He is associate director of the Association of Religion Data Archives (www.theArda.com
    ), the world's largest archive of religion survey data funded by the Templeton Foundation and Lilly Foundation and supported by Penn State University and Chapman.

    Dr. Edward Day:
    Bio coming soon!

  • Advisory Board

    Hamid Abdollahyan
    Professor of Communications, University of Tehran , Iran and Editor of Global Media Journal-Persian Edition

    Ron Anderson
    Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Minnesota, Founder, Foundation for Compassionate Societies

    Aaron Babbie
    Vice President, Business Development, Sparkloft Media

    Petras Barsauskas
    Rector, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania

    Jennifer Bevan
    Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Chapman University

    Solveiga Buoziute-Rafanaviciene
    Quality Director, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania

    Yuet-wah Cheung
    Professor of Sociology, Chinese University of Hong Kong

    Mick Couper
    Research Professor, Survey Research Center, University of Michigan

    James Dannemiller
    President, SMS Research, Honolulu, HI

    James Davis
    Co-founder, General Social Survey, Principal Investigator Emeritus, National Opinion Research Center

    Rosalind Edwards
    Professor of Sociology, University of Southampton, Editor, International Journal of Social Research Methods, England 

    Weida Fan
    President, Chinese Survey Research Association, Professor, Fudan University, Shanghai

    Mark Francisco
    Executive Sales Representative, Cengage

    Ann Gordon
    Founding Director (ex officio)

    Charles Glock
    Professor Emeritus of Sociology, UC Berkeley, Former and Founding Director, Survey Research Center, UC Berkeley, Former Director, Bureau of Applied Social Research, Columbia

    Sally T. Hillsman
    Executive Officer of the American Sociological Association

    Charles Hohm
    Executive Director, Pacific Sociological Association; Professor Emeritus of Sociology, San Diego State University

    Raymond Lee
    Professor Emeritus of Social Research Methods, Royal Holloway University of London, UK

    Jack Levin
    Professor and Co-Director, Brudnick Center on Conflict and Violence, Northeastern University

    Peter Marsden
    Edith and Benjamin Geisinger Professor of Sociology, Dean of Social Sciences, Harvard University

    Mike Maxfield
    John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

    Esteban Montilla
    Professor of Counseling, St. Mary's University, San Antonio, TX

    Jodi O'Brien
    Professor of Sociology, Seattle University

    John Robbins
    Author, social activist, and humanitarian

    Ocean Robbins
    Author, speaker and movement builder

    Dennis Rome
    Carnegie Scholar, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, University of Wisconsin Parkside

    Allen Rubin
    Bert Kruger Smith Centennial Professor in Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin

    Steve Rutter
    Publisher, Routledge / Taylor and Francis

    William Ryerson
    President of Population Media Center and Population Institute

    Dietram Scheufele
    John E. Ross Professor of Communications, University of Wisconsin

    Arvind Singhal
    Samuel Shirley and Edna Holt Marston Endowed Professor, University of Texas at El Paso, and William J. Clinton Distinguished Fellow, Clinton School of Public Service, Little Rock, AR

    Metta Spencer
    Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Toronto, Canada

    Teresa Sullivan
    President of the University of Virginia

    Jiaming Sun
    Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Texas A&M (Commerce)

    Negussie Teffera
    Country Representative Population Media Center, Ethiopia

    Thomas Van Valey
    Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Western Michigan University

    Jennifer Waldeck
    Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Chapman University

    Theodore Wagenaar
    Professor of Sociology, Miami University of Oxford, Ohio, Carnegie Scholar

    Jerry Westby
    Publisher, Pine Forge Press/SAGE Publications