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Lincoln Quillian

Professor of Sociology

PhD, Sociology, Harvard University, 1997

Social demographer Lincoln Quillian is interested in social stratification, race and ethnicity, urban sociology, and quantitative research methods. Most of his research has focused on how social structure and group demography influence inequality, intergroup attitudes, discrimination, and neighborhood segregation. He has published articles on the effect of the relative size of racial minority groups on racial attitudes, patterns of migration that underlie segregation on the basis of race and income in American cities, correspondence between audit measures of discrimination and survey measures of prejudice, racial segregation in adolescent friendship networks, and the influence of racial stereotypes on perceptions of neighborhood crime levels.

Recently, he has published on how multiple forms of segregation combine to produce neighborhood poverty concentration and on understanding racial discrimination in hiring through meta-analysis of field experiments. These projects have appeared as publications in a number of journals in sociology, demography, and social psychology. 

Quillian directs Northwestern’s Applied Quantitative Research Methods Workshop. More information on the workshop is available.

Current Research

The Discrimination Meta-Analysis Project. This project aims to better understand discrimination against racial and ethnic minorities in labor markets around the world through a meta-analysis of audit and correspondence studies of discrimination.  The project addresses questions such as: (1) What is the prevalence of discrimination against racial and ethnic minorities in hiring across countries in the world?  (2) How do rates of hiring discrimination vary over time and across target groups?  (3)  How are national conditions and policies associated with levels of race and ethnic discrimination in hiring?  This project is supported by the Russell Sage Foundation.

Household Migration and System Dynamics of Residential Segregation. Quillian is applying models that consider migration as a process of matching between individuals and neighborhoods, with multiple dimensions of households and neighborhoods governing the match produced. He is exploring the use of these models to better understand the factors that produce racial and economic segregation across American neighborhoods. He is also using these migration models as the basis of simulations of mobility that produce segregation. Finally, he is working to better understand the strengths and limitations of analysis of migration rates for understanding the causes of segregation.

Selected Publications

Quillian, L., A. Health. D. Pager, A. Midtbøen, F. Fleischmann, and O. Hexel. 2019. Do some countries discriminate more than others?  Evidence from 97 field experiments of racial discrimination in hiring. Sociological Science 6:467–96.

Quillian, L., D. Pager, O. Hexel, and A. Midtbøen. 2017. Meta-analysis of field experiments shows no change in racial discrimination in hiring over time. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114(41): 10870–75.

Quillian, L. 2017. Segregation as a source of contextual advantageRSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences 3(2): 152–69.  

Quillian, L., and H. LaGrange. 2016. Socioeconomic segregation in large cities in France and the United StatesDemography 53(4): 1051–84.

Quillian, L. 2015. A comparison of traditional and discrete-choice approaches to the analysis of residential mobility and locational attainmentThe Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 660(1): 240-260.

Quillian, L. 2014. Does segregation create winners and losers?  Residential segregation and inequality in educational attainmentSocial Problems 61(3): 402-426.

Quillian, L. 2012. Segregation and poverty concentration: The role of three segregations. American Sociological Review 77(3): 354–79.
Winner of the 2014 Jane Addams Award of the American Sociological Association (ASA) Community and Urban Sociology Section; the 2013 ASA Award for Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship in Population; and 2013 Outstanding Article Awards from both the Mathematical Sociology and Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility sections of the ASA.

Pager, D., and L. Quillian. 2005. Walking the talk? What employers say versus what they do. American Sociological Review 70(3): 355–80.

Quillian, L., and D. Pager. 2001. Black neighbors, higher crime? The role of racial stereotypes in evaluations of neighborhood crime. American Journal of Sociology 107(3): 717–67.