Rice Unconventional Wisdom
Energy & Environmental Systems Institute
  • Stephen L. Klineberg
  • B.A. (1961) Haverford College
  • Diplome d'Etudes Superieures(1963) University of Paris
  • Ph.D. (1966) Harvard University



  • Email: slk@rice.edu
    Phone: 713-348-3484
    Office: Lovett Hall, 402
    Website:
    http://houstonareasurvey.org

Stephen Klineberg

Professor of Sociology

Contemporary social change, survey research methodologies, urban and environmental sociology, the annual Houston Area Survey (1982–Present).


For 23 years, Klineberg and his students (in SOCI 436) have been conducting an annual series of random-digit-dialed telephone interviews that have provided continually updated and reliable information on the demographic patterns, attitudes, and life experiences of Harris County residents. The surveys document the new educational and environmental challenges that have redefined the "pro-growth" strategies of the twenty-first century. And they track the immigration flows that have transformed this Anglo-dominated, biracial city into one of the nation's most ethnically and culturally diverse metropolitan areas. The research has proven to be a unique and valuable resource for the Houston community as a whole, as well as a genuine contribution to social science research in general.

Selected Publications

Article - Refereed (1)s

“Who We’ll Live With: Racial Composition Preferences of Whites, Blacks, and Latinos.” Social Forces, vol. 89, no. 4, June 2011, pp. 1385-1407. With Valerie A. Lewis and Michael O. Emerson. 



“Poverty, Educational Attainment and Health Among America’s Children: Current and Future Effects of Population Diversification and Associated Socioeconomic Change.” Journal of Applied Research on Children: Informing Policy for Children at Risk: Vol. 1: Iss.1, Article 2, 9-20-2010. With Steve Murdock, Mary Zey, and Michael E. Cline. 



“Affirmative Action Attitudes: Effects of Respondent Racioethnicity, Affirmative Action Plan Strength, and Anticipated Consequences.” Group and Organization Management, vol. 33, no. 4, 2008, pp. 361-391. With David A. Kravitz and Tiffany Bludau. 



Stephen L. Klineberg and David A. Kravitz ""Ethnic Differences in Predictors of Support for Municipal Affirmative Action Contracting"."  Social Science Quarterly, 84: pp. 425-440..(Published)

Article - Un-refereeds

“Many Reasons Translate into Building a Reliable Transit System Here.” Houston Chronicle, Sunday, June 8, 2014, page B13; with Kelsey A. Walker. 



“Diversity and Transformation among the Asians in Houston: Central Findings from the ‘Houston Area Asian Survey’ (1995, 2002, 2011).” Hum Magazine, May 2013, pp. 6-7. 



“Is Houston About to Experience an ‘Urban Renaissance’? Findings from the Kinder Houston Area Survey (1995-2012).” Cite: The Architecture + Design Review of Houston, 90 Fall, 2012. pp. 34-39. With Emily Braswell. 



"Is It an Aging Process or a Generational Divide? Historical changes are under way in Houstonians’ support for diversity and gay rights, but not in their outlooks on the future or their positions on abortion.” Houston Chronicle, Sunday, April 1, 2012, p. B8; with Liz Jackson. 



“Education: HISD Takes Critical Step on Teachers: Evaluations Could Improve Effectiveness. Houston Chronicle, Outlook Section, May 29, 2011, pp. B8-B9. 



“The Changing Face of Houston: Tracking the Economic and Demographic Changes through 29 Years of Houston Surveys.” Intown Magazine, September/October 2010, page 6. 



Group and Organization Management, vol. 33, no. 4, 2008, pp. 361-391.

 



Houston Chronicle, August 11, 2007, pp. E1, E4.



“Houston, We Have a Consensus: As Experts’ Views Converge, Residents Are Far Ahead of Them in the Debate over City’s Future.” Houston Chronicle, August 11, 2007, pp. E1, E4; with Dayna R. Fondell. 



Stephen L. Klineberg and Laura C. Fitzmorris ""Houston Matters: Why Anglo Suburbanites Are Coming Back to Town: The Twin Lures? Ethnic Diversity and Inner-City Amenities"."  The Houston Chronicle (2004): pp. D1, D4..(Published)

Social Science Quarterly 84: 425-440, June 2003.



Books

What Accounts for Health Disparities? Findings from the Houston Surveys (2001-2013). Rice University: Kinder Institute for Urban Research, April 2014. With Jie Wu and Christina Barrera. 



The 2012 Houston Education Survey: Public Perceptions in a Critical Time. Rice University: Kinder Institute for Urban Research, November 2013. With Jie Wu and Kiara Douds. 



Diversity and Transformation among Asians in Houston: Findings from the Kinder Institute’s “Houston Area Asian Survey (1995, 2002, 2011).” Rice University: Kinder Institute for Urban Research, February 2013. With Jie Wu. 



The Houston Arts Survey: Participation, Perceptions, and Prospects. Rice University: Kinder Institute for Urban Research, September 2012. With Jie Wu. 



Stephen Klineberg "Public Perceptions of Environmental Issues: Findings from the Galveston Bay Area and Across the State of Texas."  .(Published)

Book Chapters

Alvin R. Tarlov and Michelle Precourt Debbink (Eds.) Investing in Early Childhood Development: Evidence to Support a Movement for Educational Change. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2008, pp. 159-176. 

 



David A. Kravitz and Stephen L. Klineberg ""Predicting Affirmative Action Attitudes: Interactions of the Effects of Individual Differences with the Strength of the Affirmative Action Plan"."  "Research in the Sociology of Work, Vol. 14: Diversity in the Work Force" (2004): pp. 107-130.(Published)

Stephen L. Klineberg ""Religious Diversity and Social Integration among Asian Americans in Houston."."  "Asian American Religions: the Making and Remaking of Borders and Boundaries" (2004): pp. 247-262..(Published)

Tony Carnes and Fenggang Yang (Eds.) Asian American Religions: The Making and Remaking of Borders and Boundaries, New York: New York University Press, 2004, pp. 247-262.

 



Other

“Who We’ll Live With: Racial Composition Preferences of Whites, Blacks, and Latinos.” Social Forces, vol. 89, no. 4, June 2011, pp. 1385-1407. With Valerie A. Lewis and Michael O. Emerson. 



“Poverty, Educational Attainment and Health Among America’s Children: Current and Future Effects of Population Diversification and Associated Socioeconomic Change.” Journal of Applied Research on Children: Informing Policy for Children at Risk: Vol. 1: Iss.1, Article 2, 9-20-2010. With Steve Murdock, Mary Zey, and Michael E. Cline. 



“Affirmative Action Attitudes: Effects of Respondent Racioethnicity, Affirmative Action Plan Strength, and Anticipated Consequences.” Group and Organization Management, vol. 33, no. 4, 2008, pp. 361-391. With David A. Kravitz and Tiffany Bludau. 



Stephen L. Klineberg and David A. Kravitz ""Ethnic Differences in Predictors of Support for Municipal Affirmative Action Contracting"."  Social Science Quarterly, 84: pp. 425-440..(Published)

“Many Reasons Translate into Building a Reliable Transit System Here.” Houston Chronicle, Sunday, June 8, 2014, page B13; with Kelsey A. Walker. 



“Diversity and Transformation among the Asians in Houston: Central Findings from the ‘Houston Area Asian Survey’ (1995, 2002, 2011).” Hum Magazine, May 2013, pp. 6-7. 



“Is Houston About to Experience an ‘Urban Renaissance’? Findings from the Kinder Houston Area Survey (1995-2012).” Cite: The Architecture + Design Review of Houston, 90 Fall, 2012. pp. 34-39. With Emily Braswell. 



"Is It an Aging Process or a Generational Divide? Historical changes are under way in Houstonians’ support for diversity and gay rights, but not in their outlooks on the future or their positions on abortion.” Houston Chronicle, Sunday, April 1, 2012, p. B8; with Liz Jackson. 



“Education: HISD Takes Critical Step on Teachers: Evaluations Could Improve Effectiveness. Houston Chronicle, Outlook Section, May 29, 2011, pp. B8-B9. 



“The Changing Face of Houston: Tracking the Economic and Demographic Changes through 29 Years of Houston Surveys.” Intown Magazine, September/October 2010, page 6. 



Group and Organization Management, vol. 33, no. 4, 2008, pp. 361-391.

 



Houston Chronicle, August 11, 2007, pp. E1, E4.



“Houston, We Have a Consensus: As Experts’ Views Converge, Residents Are Far Ahead of Them in the Debate over City’s Future.” Houston Chronicle, August 11, 2007, pp. E1, E4; with Dayna R. Fondell. 



Stephen L. Klineberg and Laura C. Fitzmorris ""Houston Matters: Why Anglo Suburbanites Are Coming Back to Town: The Twin Lures? Ethnic Diversity and Inner-City Amenities"."  The Houston Chronicle (2004): pp. D1, D4..(Published)

Social Science Quarterly 84: 425-440, June 2003.



What Accounts for Health Disparities? Findings from the Houston Surveys (2001-2013). Rice University: Kinder Institute for Urban Research, April 2014. With Jie Wu and Christina Barrera. 



The 2012 Houston Education Survey: Public Perceptions in a Critical Time. Rice University: Kinder Institute for Urban Research, November 2013. With Jie Wu and Kiara Douds. 



Diversity and Transformation among Asians in Houston: Findings from the Kinder Institute’s “Houston Area Asian Survey (1995, 2002, 2011).” Rice University: Kinder Institute for Urban Research, February 2013. With Jie Wu. 



The Houston Arts Survey: Participation, Perceptions, and Prospects. Rice University: Kinder Institute for Urban Research, September 2012. With Jie Wu. 



Stephen Klineberg "Public Perceptions of Environmental Issues: Findings from the Galveston Bay Area and Across the State of Texas."  .(Published)

Alvin R. Tarlov and Michelle Precourt Debbink (Eds.) Investing in Early Childhood Development: Evidence to Support a Movement for Educational Change. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2008, pp. 159-176. 

 



David A. Kravitz and Stephen L. Klineberg ""Predicting Affirmative Action Attitudes: Interactions of the Effects of Individual Differences with the Strength of the Affirmative Action Plan"."  "Research in the Sociology of Work, Vol. 14: Diversity in the Work Force" (2004): pp. 107-130.(Published)

Stephen L. Klineberg ""Religious Diversity and Social Integration among Asian Americans in Houston."."  "Asian American Religions: the Making and Remaking of Borders and Boundaries" (2004): pp. 247-262..(Published)

Tony Carnes and Fenggang Yang (Eds.) Asian American Religions: The Making and Remaking of Borders and Boundaries, New York: New York University Press, 2004, pp. 247-262.

 



Stephen L. Klineberg. "Demographic Trends."  Growing Up in Houston: 2006-2008. (2006): 279.(Published)

Stephen L. Klineberg ""Perspectives on a City in Transition: A Sociologist's Appreciation"."  Good: Houston 2000: 91-94.(Published)

Stephen L. Klineberg "Why Languages Matter."  Orbis Linguae: Newsletter from the Cneter for the Study of Languages, Number 7 (Summer 2001): 1-2.(Published)

Stephen L. Klineberg "Houston in Transition: Environmental Challenges in a New Era."  Environmental Exchange (April 2000): 1-2.(Published)

Kravitz, David A. and Stephen L. Klineberg "Reactions to Two Versions of Affirmative Action Among Whites, Blacks, and Hispanics."  Journal of Applied Psychology, 85 (2000): 597-611.(Published)

Kravitz, David A., Stephen L. Klineberg, Derek R. Avery, Ann Kim Nguyen, Christopher Lund, and Emery J. Fu "Attitudes Toward Affirmative Action: Correlations with Demographic Variables and with Beliefs About Targets, Actions, and Economic Effects."  Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 30 (2000): 1109-1136.(Published)

Stephen L. Klineberg "New Directions for Houston: To Prosper in the New Century, Our City Must Do What It Has Always Done So Well ... Transform Itself."  Houston Chronicle (2 January 2000): 1C, 4C.(Published)

McKeever, Matthew and Stephen L. Klineberg "Generational Differences in Attitudes and Socioeconomic Status among Hispanics in Houston."  Sociological Inquiry, 69 (1999): 33-50.(Published)

Stephen L. Klineberg "Cities in Transition: The Case of Houston."  Texas Business Review (February 1999): 1-4, 6.(Published)

Matthew McKeever and Stephen Klineberg "Generational Differences in Attitudes and Socioeconomic Status Among Hispanics in Houston."  Sociological Inquiry, vol. 69, no. 1 (1999/February).(Published)

Stephen Klineberg "Post-Ethnic America: Beyond Multiculturalism."  International Migration Review, vol. 32 (1998/October): pp. 792-793.(Published)

Stephen Klineberg "Environmental Attitudes among Anglos, Blacks and Hispanics in Texas: Has the Concern Gap Really Disappeared?."  Race, Gender and Class, vol. 6, no. 2 (1998/December): pp. 70-82.(Published)

Stephen Klineberg, Matthew McKeever and Bert Rothenbach "Demographic Predictors of Environmental Concern: It Does Make A Difference How It's Measured."  Social Science Quarterly, vol. 79, no. 4 (1998/December): pp. 734-753.(Published)