Paul Allison is Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches graduate methods and statistics. He is widely recognized as an extraordinarily effective teacher of statistical methods who can reach students with highly diverse backgrounds and expertise. Allison is the author of Missing Data (Sage 2001), Logistic Regression Using the SAS® System: Theory and Application (SAS Institute 1999), Multiple Regression: A Primer (Pine Forge 1999), Survival Analysis Using the SAS® System: A Practical Guide (SAS Institute 1995), Event History Analysis (Sage 1984), and numerous articles on regression analysis, log-linear analysis, logit analysis, latent variable models, missing data, and inequality measures. A former Guggenheim Fellow, he is also on the editorial board of Sociological Methods and Research.  In 2001 he received the Paul Lazarsfeld Memorial Award for Distinguished Contributions to Sociological Methodology.

Curriculum Vitae

Office Address:

Department of Sociology
University of Pennsylvania
3718 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6299
Voice: 215-898-6717 Internet: ALLISON @ SSC.UPENN.EDU
Fax: 215-573-2081


A. B. St. Louis University, 1970 (Magna Cum Laude)
M. S. University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1973
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1976


1987- Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania
1981-87 Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania
1980-81 Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Cornell University
1976-80 Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Cornell University
1975-76 Lecturer, Department of Sociology, State University of New York at Stony Brook


1977-78 Social Science Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Chicago.
1986-87 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.
1986- Sociological Research Association, Elected Member
2001- Paul Lazarsfeld Memorial Award for Distinguished Contributions to Sociological Methodology


1978-80 Principal Investigator, "Productivity in Science: The Role of University Departmental Resources and Quality," National Science Foundation.
1982-83 Principal Investigator, "The Use of Survival Methods to Improve Predictive Models Based on Criminal Histories," National Institute of Justice.
1982-84 Co-Principal Investigator, "Contraceptive Use and Clinic Continuation Among Adolescents," Office of Adolescent Pregnancy Programs.
1985-86 Principal Investigator, "Effects of Divorce on Children," National Science Foundation.
1985-86 Principal Investigator, "Productivity and Prestige in Science," National Science Foundation.

Books and Monographs:

1980  Processes of Stratification in Science. New York: Arno Press.
1984  Event History Analysis. Beverly Hills: Sage Publications.
1995  Survival Analysis Using the SAS System: A Practical Guide.  Cary, NC: SAS Institute.
1999  Multiple Regression: A Primer.  Thousand Oaks, CA:  Pine Forge Press.
1999  Logistic Regression Using the SAS System: Theory and Application.  Cary, NC:  SAS Institute.
2001  Missing Data.  Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage Publications.


Allison, Paul D. and John A. Stewart
1974 "Productivity differences among scientists: evidence for accumulative advantage." American Sociological Review 39: 596-606.

Allison, Paul D.
1976 "A simple proof of the Spearman-Brown formula for continuous test lengths." Psychometrika 41: 135-36.

Allison, Paul D., Derek de Solla Price, Belver C. Griffith, Michael Moravscik, and John A. Stewart
1976 "Lotka's law: a problem in its interpretation and application." Social Studies of Science 6: 269-76.

Hargens, Lowell L., Barbara F. Reskin, and Paul D. Allison
1976 "Problems in estimating measurement error from panel data: an example involving the measurement of scientific productivity." Sociological Methods and Research 4: 439-58. Reprinted in Hubert M. Blalock (ed.), Causal Models in Panel and Experimental Designs. Aldine, 1985.

Allison, Paul D.
1977 "The reliability of variables measured as the number of events in an interval of time." Pp. 238-53 in Karl Schuessler (ed.), Sociological Methodology 1978. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Allison, Paul D.
1977 "Testing for interaction in multiple regression." American Journal of Sociology 82: 144-53.

Allison, Paul D.
1978 "Measures of inequality." American Sociological Review. 43: 865-80.

Allison, Paul D.
1979 "Experimental parapsychology as a rejected science". Pp. 271-91 in Roy Wallis (ed.), On the Margins of Science: The Social Construction of Rejected Knowledge. Sociological Review Monograph No. 27. University of Keele.

Long, J. Scott, Paul D. Allison and Robert McGinnis
1979 "Entrance into the academic career." American Sociological Review 44: 816-30.

Allison, Paul D.
1980 "Analyzing collapsed contingency tables without actually collapsing." American Sociological Review 45: 123-30.

Long, J. Scott, Robert McGinnis and Paul D. Allison
1980 "The problem of junior-authored papers in constructing citation counts." Social Studies of Science 10: 127-43.

Allison, Paul D.
1980 "Inequality and scientific productivity." Social Studies of Science 10: 163-79.

Allison, Paul D.
1980 "Estimation and testing for a Markov model of reinforcement." Sociological Methods and Research 8: 434-53.

Allison, Paul D.
1982 "Discrete-time methods for the analysis of event histories." Pp. 61-98 in Samuel Leinhardt (ed.), Sociological Methodology 1982. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

McGinnis, Robert, Paul D. Allison and J. Scott Long
1982 "Postdoctoral training in bioscience: allocation and outcomes." Social Forces 60: 701-22.

Allison, Paul D., J. Scott Long and Tad K. Krauze
1982 "Cumulative advantage and inequality in science." American Sociological Review 47: 615-25.

Allison, Paul D. and Jeffrey K. Liker
1982 "Analyzing sequential categorical data on dyadic interaction."Psychological Bulletin 91: 393-403.

Allison, Paul D.
1982 "Regression analysis of inequality measures applied to interval scales." Quality and Quantity 16: 251-60.

Furstenberg, Frank F., Judy Shea, Paul D. Allison, Roberta Herceg-Baron and David Webb
1983 "Contraceptive continuation among adolescents attending family planning clinics." Family Planning Perspectives 15: 211-17.

Allison, Paul D.
1985 "Survival analysis of backward recurrence times." Journal of the American Statistical Association 80: 315-22.

Allison, Paul D
1987 "Introducing a disturbance into logit and probit regression models."Sociological Methods and Research. 15: 355-374.

Allison, Paul D.
1987 "Estimation of linear models with incomplete data." Pp. 71-103 in Clifford Clogg (ed.), Sociological Methodology 1987. Washington, DC: American Sociological Association.

Allison, Paul D. and J. Scott Long
1987 "Inter-university mobility of academic scientists." American Sociological Review 52: 643-652.

Furstenberg, Frank F., S. Philip Morgan and Paul D. Allison
1987 "Paternal participation and children's well-being after marital dissolution." American Sociological Review 52: 695-701.

Bienen, Leigh B., Neil A. Weiner, Deborah W. Denno, Paul D. Allison, and Douglas L. Mills
1988 "The reimposition of capital punishment in New Jersey: The role of prosecutorial discretion." Rutgers Law Review 41: 27-372.

Allison, Paul D. and Frank F. Furstenberg, Jr.
1989 "How marital dissolution affects children: Variations by age and sex." Developmental Psychology 25: 540-549.

Allison, Paul D.
1990 "Change scores as dependent variables in regression analysis." Pp. 93-114 in Clifford Clogg (ed.), Sociological Methodology 1990. Oxford: Basil Blackwell.

Allison, Paul D. and J. Scott Long
1990 "Departmental effects on scientific productivity." American Sociological Review 55: 469-478.

Allison, Paul D. and Robert Hauser
1991 "Reducing bias in estimates of linear models by remeasurement of a random subsample." Sociological Methods and Research 19: 466-492.

Bienen, Leigh B., Neil A. Weiner, Paul D. Allison, and Douglas L. Mills
1991 "The reimposition of capital punishment in New Jersey: Felony-murder cases." Albany Law Review 54:709-817.

Allison, Paul D.
1992 "Event history analysis." Pp. 599-603 in Edgar F. Borgatta and Marie L. Borgatta (eds.), Encyclopedia of Sociology. New York: Macmillan.

Allison, Paul D.
1992 "Cultural relatedness under oblique and horizontal transmission rules." Ethology and Sociobiology 13: 153-169.

Allison, Paul D.
1992 "The cultural evolution of beneficent norms." Social Forces 71: 279-301.

Long, J. Scott , Paul D. Allison and Robert McGinnis
1993 "Rank advancement in academic careers: Sex differences and the effects of productivity." American Sociological Review 58:703-722.

Allison, Paul D. and Nicholas Christakis
1994 "Logit models for sets of ranked items." Pp. 199-228 in Peter V. Marsden (ed.), Sociological Methodology 1994. Oxford: Basil Blackwell.

Allison, Paul D.
1994 "Using panel data to estimate the effects of events." Sociological Methods and Research 23: 179-199.

Allison, Paul D.
1995 "The impact of random predictors on comparisons of coefficients between models." American Journal of Sociology 100:1294-1305.

Allison, Paul D.
1995 "Exact variance of indirect effects in recursive linear models." Peter V. Marsden (ed.), Sociological Methodology 1995. Oxford: Basil Blackwell.

Allison, Paul D.
1996 “Fixed effects partial likelihood for repeated events.”  Sociological Methods and Research 25: 207-222.

Allison, Paul D.
1999 “Comparing logit and probit coefficients across groups.” Sociological Methods and Research 28: 186-208.

Allison, Paul D.
 2000 “Multiple imputation for missing data:  A cautionary tale.” Sociological Methods and Research 28: 301-309.

Allison, Paul D. and Richard Waterman
 2002 "Fixed effects negative binomial regression models."  Ross Stolzenberg (ed.), Sociological Methodology 2002.  Boston:  Basil Blackwell.

Keane, Anne, Arlene D. Houldin, Paul D. Allison, Christopher Jepson, Justine Shults, Isaac F. Nuamah, Ann Marie
 2002   Walsh Brennan, Barbara J. Lowery and Ruth McCorkle.
            “Factors associated with distress over time in urban residential fire survivors.” Journal of Nursing Scholarship.

Smith, Kenwyn K., David L. Eldridge, Dana S. Kaminstein, and Paul D. Allison
 2002 “Corporate health revisited:  An update on illness and organizational dynamics.”  Forthcoming in Journal of Applied Behavioral Science 38(2).

Commentary and Reviews:

Allison, Paul D.
1975 "On Clemente's conclusions." American Journal of Sociology 80: 1237-39.

Allison, Paul D. and John A. Stewart
1975 "Reply to Faia." American Sociological Review 40: 829-31.

Allison, Paul D.
1978 Review of Harriet Zuckerman's Scientific Elite. In Political Science Quarterly 93: 345-47.

Allison, Paul D.
1978 Review of Elkana et al., Toward a Metric of Science. In Society for Social Studies of Science Newsletter 3: 33-34.

Allison, Paul D.
1979 "Reply to Jasso." American Sociological Review 44: 870-72.

Allison, Paul D.
1981 "Inequality measures for nominal data." American Sociological Review 46: 371-73.

Long, J. Scott, Robert McGinnis and Paul D. Allison
1981 "Reply to Chubin, Porter and Boeckman." American Sociological Review 46: 496-98.

Allison, Paul D.
1983 Comment on "A model for cancer mortality rates." Biometrics 39: 530-31.

Allison, Paul D.
1990 Review of Oliner and Oliner, The Altruistic Personality. Public Opinion Quarterly 54: 442-444.

Allison, Paul D.
1990 Review of Blossfeld, Hamerle and Mayer, Event History Analysis. In Contemporary Sociology 19: 624-625.

Allison, Paul D.
1992 Review of Wuthnow, Acts of Compassion. In Contemporary Sociology 21: 436-438.

Professional Activities:

1976 - Editorial Board Member, Sociological Methods and Research

1992 - 1996 Editorial Board Member, Sociological Forum.

1993 - 1996 Editorial Board Member, American Journal of Sociology

1987 - 1991 Council Member, Methodology Section, American Sociological Association.

Member: American Sociological Association, American Statistical Association

Courses Taught:

Introductory Sociology, Introductory Research Methods, Introductory Statistics, Sociology of Science, Categorical Data Analysis, Multivariate Analysis, Structural Equation Models with Measurement Error, Event History Analysis, Altruism and Society, Orthodox Judaism as a Sociocultural System..