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Stephen L. Klineberg
Professor of Sociology
Founding Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research

Stephen Klineberg is a professor of sociology at Rice University as well as the founding director of the Kinder Institute. Since 1982, he has led a team of student researchers in conducting the annual Kinder Houston Area Survey.

He is best known for his work on the survey, the annual document that tracks the remarkable changes in the demographic patterns, economic outlooks, experiences, and beliefs of Harris County residents. They survey has also recently been expanded to include data from nearby Fort Bend County and Montgomery County. Klineberg is the recipient of 12 major teaching awards and is a much sought-after speaker in the Houston community and beyond. He has completed a series of published reports on this ongoing research and is at work this year on a book exploring the national implications of the Houston survey findings.

Klineberg graduated from Haverford College, received his master’s degree from the University of Paris and earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University. View full CV.