Head shot of Stephen L. Klineberg
  • Founding Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research
  • Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Rice University
  • Kinder Fellow

A graduate of Haverford College, with an M.A. from the University of Paris and a Ph.D. from Harvard, Stephen Klineberg is a Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Rice University. In 1982, he and his students initiated the annual “Houston Area Survey,” now in its 37th year of tracking the demographic patterns, economic outlooks, experiences and beliefs of Harris County residents. He has published a series of reports on this ongoing research and is at work on a book project, under contract with Simon & Schuster, that is exploring the national implications of the Houston findings, tentatively entitled “Prophetic City: Houston on the Cusp of a Changing America.” The founding director of Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, he is the recipient of twelve major teaching awards and a much sought-after speaker in the Houston community and beyond.