August 1999

Professor Emeritus of Sociology
Associate, Middle East Center
Member, Graduate Group in Religious Studies
University of Pennsylvania

Director, Center for Research on the Acts of Man


Sociologist and Psychologist. B.S. (1947 Mathematics), New York University; M.A. (1950 psychology), Ed.D. (1951 Psychology), Ph.D. (1963 Sociology), Columbia University.


City College of New York (1951-52, 1955-57)
Hebrew University, Jerusalem (1952-53, 1976, 1983)
Columbia University (1957-63)
Union Theological Seminary (1961-63)
University of Pennsylvania (1967-96)
Al-Mansoura University, Egypt (1983)
Muhammad V University, Rabat, (1986)

Military Service:

Air Navigator, United States Army Air Corps (1943-45); Air Navigator, Israel Air Force (Foreign Volunteer Unit) 1948).



Psychiatry and Religion: A sociological Study of the New Alliance of Ministers and Psychiatrists. New York: Free Press of Glencoe, 1964.

The Quest for Self-Control: Classical Philosophies and Scientific Research.(Author and Editor.) New York: Free Press of Glencoe, 1965.

The Study of Total Societies. (Author and Editor.) Garden City, New York: Anchor Books, Doubleday and Co., 1967, (Paper). New York: Frederick A. Praeger, 1967 (Hardcover). El estudio de las Sociedades, Buenos Aires: Amorrortu editores, 1967.

Why Man Takes Chances: Studies in Stress-Seeking. (Author and Editor.) Garden City, New York: Anchor Books, Doubleday and Co., 1968.

Society and Its Physical Environment. (Special Editor.) Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, CCCLXXXIX (May, 1970).

Religion in the United States. (Episodes in Social Inquiry Series.) Boston: Allyn and Bacon, Inc. 1971.

On Man In His Environment: Social Scientific Foundations for Research and Policy. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, Inc., Publishers, 1971.

Eskimo Capitalists: Oil, Politics and Alcohol (with Edward F. Foulks). Totawa, New Jersey: Allanheld, Osmun, 1982.

The Nationalization of the Social Sciences (with Victor Lidz). Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1987.

Succeeding in Corporate America: The Experience of Jewish MBAs. New York: The American Jewish Committee, 1989.

Recent Articles and Book Reviews


"Apostasy Among American Jews: Three Individual Analysis," in Gary, Dorit, ed. American Jewry: Portrait and Prognosis. West orange, NJ: Behrman House, 221-43.

"How to Think About Mass Religious Conversion: Toward an Explanation of the Conversion of American Jews to Christianity." Contemporary Jewry, 18, 76-129.


"Martyrdom," in Encyclopedia of Religion and Politics, Washington, DC: CQ Books, (in press)

"E. Digby Baltzell: Moral Rhetoric and Research Methodology," Sociological Theory, 16:2, July, 149-171.

"l'qrat teoria shel hamarat dat hamonit v'yisuma l'havanat hitnatsrut yuhudei artsot habrit, (Towards a Theory of Mass Religious Conversion and its Appplication in the Undersanding of the Conversion of American Jews to Christianity). sotsiologia yisraelit, 1:1, 135-161 (Responses, 162-168).

Gat, Moshe. The Jewish Exodus from Iraq 1948-51. London and Portland, OR: Frank Cass & Co., 1997 Contemporary Jewry, Vol. 19, 180-185.

"Apostasy," in Reader's Guide to Judaism. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, (in press)

AReply to Abbott.@ Sociological Theory, 17: March, 108-111.

Pipes, Daniel. The Hidden Hand: Middle East Fears of Conspiracy. New York: St. Martins Press, 1996, Review Essay in Jewish Quarterly Review, LXXXIX, Nos. 3-4 (January-April), 407-413.