Richard Zamoff 2

Richard B. Zamoff

Professorial Lecturer
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Address: Phillips Hall
801 22nd St. NW
Washington DC,
Phone: 202-994-8125
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

Introduction to Sociology, Sociology of Education, Sociology of Sports, and Program Evaluation

Richard Zamoff is an Associate Professorial Lecturer in sociology who joined the faculty at George Washington University in 1982. His prior professional engagements include service as a senior research associate at the Urban Institute, a senior scientist at the National Institute for Advanced Studies, a senior staff associate at the Center for Urban Education, and an associate field manager at the National Opinion Research center at the University of Chicago. Prof. Zamoff also has taught sociology, research methods, and statistics at Trinity University, Queens College of the City University of New York, and Columbia College.

Prof. Zamoff received his BA in Sociology and Statistics from Columbia College  (1961), his masters degree in sociology from Columbia University (1963), and his doctoral degree in the Sociology of Education from Columbia University (1968). His areas of specialization include social research methods, program evaluation, educational sociology, and the relationship between sport and society.  Since 1982, he has taught numerous sections of the introduction to sociology classes. He also has taught classes in major American social problems, the sociology of education, and the sociology of sports. 

Between 1968 and 1993, Prof. Zamoff provided consulting services to a number of federal and District of Columbia government agencies. His clients included: the Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation in the Department of Health and Human Services; the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the Department of Transportation; the Food and Drug Administration; the National Institute of Drug Abuse; the Administration for Children, Youth, and Families; and the District of Columbia's Office of AIDS Prevention and Education.

Since 1996, Prof. Zamoff has served as director of the Jackie Robinson Project and since 1999, as faculty advisor to the Jackie Robinson Society.  He also teaches a class titled, Jackie Robinson: Race, Sports, and the American Dream (SOC 2151). He developed an annual Jackie Robinson lecture series, offered each fall at GW and open to the District of Columbia community. In mid-April of each year, Prof. Zamoff organizes Jackie Robinson week - an event which includes commemorative programs, panel discussions, museum exhibits, and other events designed to preserve and promote Robinson's legacy and to illustrate the historical and current relationship between race and sports in America.


PhD Columbia University, 1968

Classes Taught

SOC 1001 - Introduction to Sociology
SOC 2150 - Sociology of Sports
SOC 2151 - Jackie Robinson: Race, Sport, and the American Dream