James A. Davis

James A. Davis, Sociologist, Founder of the General Social Survey (GSS), 1929–2016

James A. Davis, a leader in the use of quantitative statistical methods in social science research, died September 29, 2016. Davis was faculty in the Department of Sociology from 1957–1965 and 1972–1975. He was Director of NORC from 1971–1975, where he continued as a principal investigator until 2009.  From 1994 until recently Davis taught in the Department of Sociology as a senior lecturer and visiting professor, making a lasting impact on students and colleagues alike.