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Stephen W. Raudenbush

Pronouns: He/Him

Senior Fellow
Steve is a leading scholar on statistical models for child and youth development within social settings such as classrooms, schools, and neighborhoods.

Steve is a senior fellow at NORC and professor of sociology at the University of Chicago. He also chairs the University of Chicago’s Committee on Education. Steve is best known for his work developing hierarchical linear models, with broad applications in the design and analysis of longitudinal and multilevel research. He has been the past Scientific Director of the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods and is currently studying the development of literacy and math skills in early childhood with implications for instruction; and methods for assessing school and classroom quality.

Steve has made major contributions to education research. In 2006 and 2008 he was the recipient of the American Educational Research Association award for distinguished contributions to educational research. In 2009, Steve was awarded a Doctor Honoris Causa, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K.U. Leuven) by the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences in Leuven, Belgium. He has authored or co-authored several articles on experimental design in education, including an authoritative book on analytic methods for multilevel data, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Education.



Harvard University


Harvard University


Harvard University

Appointments & Affiliations

Lewis-Sebring Distinguished Service Professor

University of Chicago

Chair, Committee on Education

University of Chicago

Honors & Awards

Outstanding Article Award | 2018

Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness

Doctor Honoris Causa | 2009

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award | 2006

American Educational Research Association

Project Contributions