Scott M. Lynch

I am a professor in the Department of Sociology and the Population Research Institute (DUPRI) and a Senior Fellow in the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development at Duke University.  Prior to arriving at Duke, I was an Assistant Professor (2001-2007), Associate Professor (2007-2011), and Full Professor (2011-2014) at Princeton University.  Prior to that, I was a graduate student in sociology and statistics at Duke University (1995-2001) and a graduate student in sociology at the University of Arkansas (1993-1995).

My interests are in social epidemiology, the demography of aging, and statistics.  I study how social and behavioral factors, such as race, socioeconomic status, and stress influence health and mortality and how they do so differently across the lives of individuals and across time.  In this process, I spend a considerable amount of time developing and evaluating statistical methods to make the full use of the capabilities of, and handle the limitations of, social science data.

For more information, see my Curriculum Vitae
Research and Such


Introduction to Applied Bayesian Statistics for Social Scientists:  Program and Data Files + errata

Using Statistics in Social Research: A Concise Approach

258 Soc-Psych
Box 90088
Durham , NC  27708
p: 919.660.5628
f:  919.660.5623
e: sml2 at duke dot edu
Current Teaching

Statistical Analysis of Quantitative Data (Soc 333): Syllabus
Demography of Aging (Soc 750): Syllabus