Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs
and Professor of Sociology
- B.A. in Sociology, University of Oklahoma
- Ph.D. in Sociology, Stanford University
Dr. Sandefur joins OSU after thirty years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he served as Professor of Sociology and Dean of the College of Letters and Science, among other positions.
Sandefur has published widely on issues at the intersection of population studies and public policy. His most cited work is a book with Sara McLanahan, Growing Up with a Single Parent: What Hurts, What Helps, published by Harvard University Press in 1994. His many articles and book chapters deal with a range of topics, especially American Indians, racial inequality, and family issues.
Sandefur’s awards include election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the William Goode and Otis Dudley Duncan awards from the American Sociological Association for Growing Up with a Single Parent. He was also awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching, the most prestigious teaching award at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.