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Professor Richard Breen FBA

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About this Fellow

Richard Breen is Professor of Sociology at Oxford University and a Fellow of Nuffield College. He was previously William Graham Sumner Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Sociology Department, at Yale. He is a Fellow of the Royal Irish Academy (elected 1998), a Member of Academia Europaea (2002), and a Fellow the European Academy of Sociology (2015). His research interests are social stratification and inequality, the application of formal models in the social sciences, and quantitative methods.



Current post

  • Professor of Sociology and Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford

Past Appointments

  • Professor of Sociology, Queen's University Belfast, 1991 - 1997
  • Professor of Sociology, European University Institute, Florence, 1997 - 2001
  • Official Fellow, Nuffield College University of Oxford, 2001 - 2006
  • Professor of Sociology, Yale University, 2007
  • Professor, Sociology Department, Yale University, 2007
  • Professor of Sociology and Fellow, Nuffield College University of Oxford, 2015


Counterfactual Causal Analysis and Non-Linear Probability Models (with Kristian Bernt Karlson) in Stephen L. Morgan (ed.) Handbook of Causal Analysis for Social Research, Springer 2013


Heterogeneous Causal Effects and Sample Selection Bias (with Seongsoo Choi and Anders Holm), Sociological Science 2015


Income Inequality and Education (with Inkwan Chung)


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