Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Monday, January 31, 2011

Herd joins General Social Survey board

Pamela Herd

La Follette School sociologist Pamela Herd has been appointed to the Board of Overseers for the General Social Survey, a long-running omnibus survey of the U.S. adult population funded by the National Science Foundation.

The board is a small group of distinguished scholars who provide guidance about the content and conduct of the survey. They represent the wider community of social scientists and survey users.

Herd was named co-director of the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study in 2010. She is an expert on the effects of Medicare and Social Security on gender, race and class, and on the relationship between socioeconomic status and health.

One of the National Opinion Research Center's flagship surveys, General Social Survey started in 1972 and completed its 26th round of face-to-face interviews in 2006. For the last third of a century the survey has monitored social change and the growing complexity of American society. The survey is the largest project funded by the NSF's Sociology Program and, except for the U.S. Census, the most frequently analyzed source of information in the social sciences. 

In other news, Herd's working paper on the link between academic success of high school students and their health later in life was on the Social Science Research Network's top 10 download list for two topics. Herd's research paper won national coverage from the New York Times, Time and MSNBC. The Journal of Health and Social Behavior published the findings in its December issue. Another version is available via the Social Science Research Network and as La Follette School Working Paper No. 2010-024.