Lawrence Hamilton

Lawrence Hamilton
Senior Fellow
Professor, Department of Sociology

Lawrence (Larry) Hamilton is a professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire. He has written widely about statistical methods in articles and books such as Modern Data Analysis (1990), Regression with Graphics (1992), and six editions of Statistics with Stata (1990–2006). Currently his work involves applications of analytical graphics, as well as dynamic and multi-level models that integrate data from both social and natural sciences.

Integration across social and natural science has been a common theme in Larry's research on environment and social change. Since 1992, he has conducted interdisciplinary studies around the circumpolar north, supported by a series of grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation. Results from this work include case studies and comparative overviews of resource-dependent communities in Alaska, Newfoundland, Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, and Norway. He has been an active participant in many national and international working groups on the human dimensions of Arctic environmental change and is a member of the Polar Research Board of the U.S. National Academies.

As a Carsey Institute fellow, Larry works on the design and analysis of surveys, such as the Community and Environment in Rural America (CERA) project. More than 7,800 people in rural regions of nine U.S. states were interviewed for this project in 2007. The CERA surveys found complex regional differences and other patterns in how rural residents view their environments and communities. Currently Larry is working on extensions of the CERA research to new rural places and their challenges of sustainable development.

Larry's short reports on survey research and other topics appear in the "Snapshots of Social Change" feature on the Carsey Institute website. Longer articles and more details about his research can be found on his personal home page.

Carsey Institute Publications