Stephen Vaisey


The main goal of my research is to understand moral and political beliefs: what they are, where they come from, and what they do. I lead the Measuring Morality project, the goal of which is to understand how different ideas of morality fit together and influence politics and other domains of life.

I also work quite a bit on statistical methods for observational data, including panel datatreatment effects analysis, and multilevel modeling

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2008

Vaisey, S, and Smith, C. "Catholic Guilt among U.S. Teenagers: A Research Note." Review of Religious Research 49 (2008): 415-426. (Academic Article)

Vaisey, S. "Structure, Culture, and Community: The Search for Belonging in 50 Urban Communes." American Sociological Review 72 (2007): 851-873. (Academic Article)

Shanahan, MJ, Erickson, LD, Vaisey, S, and Smolen, A. "Helping Relationships and Genetic Propensities: A Combinatoric Study of DRD2, Mentoring, and Educational Continuation." Twin Research and Human Genetics 10 (2007): 285-298. (Academic Article)

Vaisey, S. "Education and its Discontents: Overqualification in America, 1972-2002." Social Forces 85.2 (December 1, 2006): 835-864. Full Text

Kalleberg, AL, and Vaisey, S. "Pathways to a Good Job: Perceived Work Quality among the Machinists in North America." British Journal of Industrial Relations 43.3 (September 2005): 431-454. Full Text