Steve Tuch 2

Steven A. Tuch

Professor of Sociology and Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration
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Address: Phillips Hall
801 22nd St. NW
Washington DC, 20052
Phone: 202-994-7466


Steven Tuch's teaching and research proceed along two, often intersecting, tracks. One track is substantive, focusing on issues and problems related to race and ethnic relations, social stratification and inequality, and mobility. He is especially interested in whites' and blacks' racial attitudes, changes in these attitudes over time, and explanations for the changes; and in the political and economic transformations in Eastern Europe. The other track is methodological, focusing on the application of quantitative techniques to social science data.

Current Research

In collaboration with William V. D'Antonio and John K. White, Steven Tuch is working on an American Sociological Association / National Science Foundation funded project on "Religion, Culture Wars, and Polarization in the U.S. Congress, 1971-2008."

During the 2010-11 academic year he is a Senior Fulbright Research Fellow at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland engaged in a project comparing causal attributions of inequality and opportunity among citizens of postcommunist and capitalist nations.


PhD Penn State University, 1981


2013. Religion, Politics, and Polarization How Religiopolitical Conflict Is Changing Congress and American Democracy. Roman & Littlefield.

2011. "Whites’ racial policy attitudes in the 21st century: The continuing significance of racial resentment." The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 634:134-152 (March). Special issue on “Race, Racial Attitudes, and Stratification Beliefs: Evolving Directions for Research and Policy" (with Michael Hughes).

2008. "Catholicism, Abortion, and the Emergence of the 'Culture Wars' in the U.S. Congress, 1971-2006." Pp. 129-153 in Michael A. Genovese, Kristen E. Heyer, and Mark J. Rozell (eds.), Catholics and Politics: The Dynamic Tension between Faith and Power. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press (with William V. D'Antonio and John Kenneth White).

2008. "Police-Community Relations in a Majority-Black City," Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 45: 380-397 (with Ronald Weitzer and Wesley Skogan).

2008. "Racial Attitudes in the United States at the Start of the Twenty-First Century." Pp. 141-149 in Petre Georgievski (ed.),Contemporary American Sociology: In Memory of Robert King Merton. Skopje, Macedonia: Faculty of Philosophy Press (with Michael Hughes).

2007. The Other African Americans: Contemporary African and Caribbean Immigrants in the United States. Rowman and Littlefield (co-edited with Yoku Shaw-Taylor).

2007. "Earnings, Wealth, and Social Capital: A Review of Debates and Issues" Pp. 117-152 in Yoku Shaw-Taylor and Steven A. Tuch (eds.), The Other African Americans: Contemporary African and Caribbean Immigrants in the United States (with Yoku Shaw-Taylor).

2006. "Race and Social Capital in the United States." Pp. 297-305 in Marek Szczepanski and Ania Sliz (eds.), Capital, People, and Institutions: Sociological Essays (with Lee Sigelman and Jason MacDonald).

2006. Race and Policing in America: Conflict and Reform. Cambridge University Press (co-authored with Ronald Weitzer).

2005. "What's in a Name?: Preference for 'Black' vs. 'African-American' among Americans of African Descent," Public Opinion Quarterly 69: 429-438 (with Lee Sigelman and Jack Martin).

2005. "Racially Biased Policing: Determinants of Citizen Perceptions," Social Forces 83: 1009-1030 (with Ronald Weitzer).

2004. "Patterns of Problem Drinking among Employed African American Men: Preliminary Results from a National Survey." Challenge: A Journal of Research on African American Men 11: 33-66 (with Jack Martin, Paul Roman, and Jeff Dixon).

2004. "Race and Perceptions of Police Misconduct," Social Problems 51: 305-325 (with Ronald Weitzer).

2003. "Gender Differences in Whites' Racial Attitudes: Are Women's Attitudes Really More Favorable?Social Psychology Quarterly 66: 384-401 (with Michael Hughes).

2003. "Problem Drinking Patterns among African-Americans: The Impacts of Experiences with Discrimination, Perceptions of Prejudice, and 'Risky' Coping Strategies," Journal of Health and Social Behavior 44: 408-425 (with Jack Martin and Paul Roman).

2002. "Perceptions of Racial Profiling: Race, Class, and Personal Experience," Criminology 40: 435-456 (with Ronald Weitzer).

2001. "The Profession of Medicine and the Public: Examining Americans' Changing Confidence in Physician Authority from the Beginning of the 'Health Care Crisis' to the Era of Health Care Reform," Journal of Health and Social Behavior 42: 1-16 (with Bernice Pescosolido and Jack Martin).

2000. "Of Fear and Loathing: The Role of 'Disturbing Behavior,' Labels, and Causal Attributions in Shaping Public Attitudes Toward People with Mental Illness," Journal of Health and Social Behavior 41: 208-223 (with Jack Martin and Bernice Pescosolido).

1997. "Metastereotypes: Blacks' Perceptions of Whites' Stereotypes of Blacks," Public Opinion Quarterly 61: 87-101 (with Lee Sigelman).

1996. Whites' Racial Policy Attitudes," Social Science Quarterly 77: 723-745 (with Michael Hughes).

Classes Taught

SOC 2101 - Social Research Methods 
SOC 2102 - Techniques of Data Analysis
SOC 2170 - Class and Inequality in American Society
SOC 2179 - Race and Minority Relations
SOC 6230 - Sociological Research Methods 
SOC 6231 - Data Analysis
SOC 6245 - Race Relations

Religion, Politics, and Polarization

Do the religious affiliations of elected officials shape the way they vote on such key issues as abortion, homosexuality, defense spending, taxes, and welfare spending? In Religion, Politics, and Polarization: How Religiopolitical Conflict is Changing Congress and American Democracy, William D’Antonio, Steven A. Tuch and Josiah R. Baker trace the influence of religion and party in the U.S. Congress over time. For almost four decades these key issues have competed for public attention with health care, war, terrorism, and the growing inequity between the incomes of the middle classes and those of corporate America. The authors examine several contemporary issues and trace the increasing polarization in Congress. They investigate whether abortion, defense and welfare spending, and taxes are uniquely polarizing or, rather, models of a more general pattern of increasing ideological division in the U.S. Congress. By considering the impact of religion on these key issues the authors effectively address the question of how the various religious denominations have shaped the House and Senate. Throughout the book they draw on key roll call votes, survey data, and extensive background research to argue that the political ideologies of both parties have become grounded in distinctive religious visions of the good society, in turn influencing the voting patterns of elected officials.