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Stuart Michaels

Pronouns: He/Him

Senior Research Scientist
Stuart has extensive experience in the design and analysis of surveys of sexuality.

Stuart is a key contributor to the study of gender, sexuality, and health at NORC. He has over 30 years of experience developing, designing, and analyzing surveys and qualitative interviews with a primary substantive focus on sexual orientation and gender identity and health outcomes across the life-course.

His most recent projects have focused on adolescent sexual and gender minority youth for the CDC Division of Adolescent School Health (SMART) and the Division of Violence Prevention. His directed a set of NIH HIV prevention network studies of young African-American men who have sex with men in Chicago (Chicago African-American Network Health Study/uConnect). He also assists with the development of other survey projects related to health and sexuality, including the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP) and Sampling and Measurement Development for the LGBT Aging Project (SAMLAP).

As the project director of The National Health and Social Life Survey (NHSLS) from 1988-1994, Stuart helped design and oversee all aspects of this first national representative population-based survey devoted primarily to studying sexual behavior of U.S. adults. He also worked on the follow-up Chicago Health and Social Life Survey (CHSLS) and co-authored The Social Organization of Sexuality: Sexual Practices in the U.S. (1994). He was the Assistant Director of the Center for Gender Studies at the University of Chicago from 2001-2010.



University of Chicago


Wayne State University


Wayne State University

Appointments & Affiliations


National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations, U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 - 2020


International Academy of Sex Research


American Association for Public Opinion Research


American Sociological Association

Honors & Awards

NORC Idea Lab Award | 2014

for Social Media Integration

Foreign Research Scholar | 1997 - 1999

Agence Nationale de Recherche sur le Sida (National Agency for AIDS Research), Paris, France

Hugo G. Beigel Research Award | 1995

Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Outstanding Article of Year in Journal of Sex Research

Survey of the Year Award | 1995

New York Chapter American Association for Public Opinion Research

Project Contributions

Developing Tools for Sexual and Gender Minority Youth

Analyzing survey data to inform HIV prevention materials that engage minority adolescents


Division of Adolescent and School Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Hate Incident Reporting Initiative to Strengthen Engagement in LGBTQ+ Communities (HIRISE+)

A research-to-translation project assessing decisions to report hate crimes from LGBTQ+ adults and law enforcement


National Institute of Justice

Men’s Assessment of Social Support and Risk Networks

Using innovative research techniques to survey men who have sex with men


National Institute on Drug Abuse

Survey of Today’s Adolescent Relationships and Transitions

Understanding sexual behavior of Black and Latino young men to prevent HIV


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Adolescent and School Health