B.A., Carleton College; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University
Joseph SwingleSenior Lecturer in Sociology
Studies quantitative sociological data on the American family.
Professor Swingle began teaching at Wellesley in Fall 1999 as a lab instructor for Quantitative Reasoning 199, Introduction to Social Science Data Analysis.He finished his PhD the following year and has remained here at Wellesley, splitting my time between QR199 and Sociology 301 Methods of Social Research, a course that introduces students to the fundamentals of survey design and multivariate analysis. Prior to his graduate studies he graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, MN with a major in Sociology/Anthropology and spent two years as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana, West Africa. As a PCV he taught secondary school mathematics in a small town called Bibiani.
Outside of the classroom, Professor Swinglle has been doing research on two related topics: (i) changes in American family structure, with particular emphasis on children living with neither biological parent, and (ii) changes over time in the material hardship of single mothers. His current work primarily involves the analysis of large, nationally representative sample surveys like the Current Population Survey, the American Housing Survey, and the Survey of Income and Program Participation. Other research interests include income and social inequality and the sociology of education.