Steven A. Tuch

Professor of Sociology and Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration
409 B
Phillips Hall
801 22nd St. NW
Washington DC 20052
[email protected]

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

Current projects include a study of the racial attitudes of African American, Latino, and white youths; and an examination of African American and Latino views of the American Dream.


PhD Penn State University, 1981



Religion, Politics, and Polarization (coauthored with William V. D’Antonio and Josiah R. Baker). Rowman & Littlefield, 2013.

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

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

Racial Attitudes in the 1990s: Continuity and Change (coedited with Jack K. Martin). Praeger, 1997.


2016. “The Color of the Dream: Latinos, African Americans, and the American Dream.” In Sandra L. Hanson and John K. White (eds.), Latino American Dream. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press.

2013. “Religion, Politics, and Issue Polarization in the United States Congress, 1959-2013.” Studia Religiologica 46(4): 235-250 (with William V. D’Antonio and Josiah R. Baker).

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).

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).

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).

Classes Taught

Undergraduate Courses:
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 4195 - Senior Research Seminar

Graduate Courses:
SOC 6230 - Sociological Research Methods 
SOC 6231 - Data Analysis
SOC 6245 - Race Relations