Ethan Fosse, PhD

Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto

Ethan Fosse is currently a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University in the department of sociology and department of politics. His research focuses on cultural sociology, demography, and statistical methods, with a particular emphasis on the quantitative analysis of culture. His current research is oriented around three ongoing, interrelated projects: documenting and explaining the economic, religious, and political views of recent birth cohorts in the United States; creating a new set of methodological approaches for identifying age-period-cohort (APC) effects, with wide application in sociology and related fields; and developing novel techniques such as text regression (or, more generally, high-dimensional sparse regression models) to quantitatively analyze culture.

He has been a Junior Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, a National Science Foundation graduate research fellow, and a doctoral fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. He has held research appointments at several leading academic institutions, including the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Social Science Research Center in Berlin, Germany. His research has been covered by a wide variety of news outlets and blogs, including The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and ScienceBlogs.


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