RSM Team

Many people have contributed to the RSM project over the past 30 or more years, from its early years at the University of Michigan until its association with Penn State University over the past 20 years. The codebook for the RSM data set lists these persons who have contributed to the study. Currently, the project team is comprised of Duane Alwin, project director, Paula Tufiş, co-project director, Daniel Ramírez, research associate, and our website developer and webmaster, Kulwinder Singh. Both Ramírez and Tufiş worked with Alwin at Penn State, where each obtained their PhD.

Project Director

Duane F. Alwin, Ph.D., project director, is an emeritus professor of sociology at Penn State ...

University. He also holds emeritus status in sociology and the ISR at Michigan, where he worked at the Institute for Social Research for nearly 25 years. His principle areas of concentration are survey methodology, measurement error estimation, and several related substantive topics. He developed the Reliability of Survey Measures (RSM) project over the past 30 or more years, obtaining funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute on Aging (NIH/NIA), and several other sources. [See the project history here Background/History ] In addition to survey methodology, and the study of survey measurement reliability, Alwin’s interests focus on a wide range of additional topics, including the demography of aging and the life course, social change in families and households in Europe and America, social inequality and stratification, and social psychology. He has published extensively on these and related topics and is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, grants, and special university honors for his work in these areas.

Project Co-Director

Paula A. Tufiș is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Bucharest. ...

She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the Pennsylvania State University (2007) and MA degrees in Sociology from the Pennsylvania State University (2003) and Central European University (2001). Her main research areas are social stratification, migration, gender beliefs, child-rearing values, and quantitative research methods. Her publications have appeared in Sociological Forum, Sex Roles, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, Current Sociology and other outlets.

Research Associate

Daniel Ramirez (PhD in Sociology and Demography, Pennsylvania State University 2021), ...

is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute of Economy, Geography, and Demography (CSIC) and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a Research Fellow at the D-Lab. His research focuses on social stratification, mortality, and immigration, with a special interest in how conflict and early life adversity has long lasting effects on health trajectories. The current highlight of his work focuses on how disruptive events such as wars or famines have long lasting effects on chronic condition prevalences in later life. An additional interest that Daniel is currently focusing on is how terrorist attacks shift attitudes towards immigrants.

Web Developer

Kulwinder Singh (Associate Degree in IT,South Hills School Of Business & Technology, 2017), ...

is a Web Developer at The Pennsylvania State University .
  • Design and build a website for the Dr. Duane Alwin’s Reliability of Survey Measures (RSM) project, Population Research Institute and College of the Liberal Arts.
  • Created, maintained, and supported the Fillipeli Institute’s media server and application server that contain college’s online courses
  • Designed, developed the Methodology Center’s websites using WordPress, Drupal, HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, Zotpress, Zotero, and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Designed user-friendly Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) website for BK-Medical company using Microsoft SharePoint 365 framework GUI tools
  • Created TrophyTracks website using WordPress and PHP on a LAMP server and Amazon Web Services