C. Matthew Snipp

Burnet C. and Mildred Finley Wohlford Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences; Vice Provost for Faculty Development, Diversity and Engagement
Ph.D., Wisconsin-Madison, 1981
C. Matthew Snipp

C. Matthew Snipp is the Burnet C. and Mildred Finley Wohlford Professor of Humanities and Sciences in the Department of Sociology at Stanford University.  He is also the Director for the Institute for Research in the Social Science’s Secure Data Center and formerly directed Stanford’s Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE).  Before moving to Stanford in 1996, he was a Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin -- Madison.  He has been a Research Fellow at the U.S. Bureau of the Census and a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.  Professor Snipp has published 3 books and over 70 articles and book chapters on demography, economic development, poverty and unemployment.  His current research and writing deals with the methodology of racial measurement, changes in the social and economic well-being of American ethnic minorities, and American Indian education.  For nearly ten years, he served as an appointed member of the Census Bureau’s Racial and Ethnic Advisory Committee.  He also has been involved with several advisory working groups evaluating the 2000 census, three National Academy of Science panels focused on the 2010 and 2020 censuses.  He also has served as a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the Centers for Disease Control and the National Center for Health Statistics as well as an elected member of the Inter-University Consortium of Political and Social Research’s Council.  He is currently serving on the National Institute of Child Health and Development’s Population Science Subcommittee.  Snipp holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin—Madison.


Latest Publications

Journal Articles & Book Chapters

“The Canary in the Coal Mine: What Sociology Can Learn from Ethnic Identity Debates among American Indians.” Maximilian (ed.) Who is an Indian? Race, Place, and the Politics of Indigeneity in the Americas. Toronto: University of Toronto Press

2007 “An Overview of American Indian Populations.” Pp. 38-48 in George Horse Capture, Duane Champagne and Chandler Jackson American Indian Nations: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (eds.). Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press.

2007 “Demographics and Race.” Encyclopedia of Race and Racism, Pp 399-402 in John Moore (ed.) New York, Macmillan.

2006 “Cancer Screening and Risk Factor Rates Among American Indians.” American Journal of Public Health 96: 340-350 (with Judith Swan, Nancy Breen, Linda Burhansstipanov, Delight E. Satter, William W. Davis, and Timothy McNeel).

2005 “American Indian Children” Population Reference Bureau, Report on America Series.

2004 “Analysis of Native American Data from the 2000 census for states and regions." National Cancer Institute.

2003 “Racial Measurement in the American Census.” Annual Review of Sociology 29:563-588


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On leave, Spring 22-23

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