University of Minnesota
Department of History

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Steven Ruggles

MN Population Center 50 Willey Hall 225 19th Ave S


  • U. S. census research
  • U. S. social history
  • historical demography
  • history of the family

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: University of Pennsylvania, 1984.

Research Activities

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  • Scholar of the College, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, 2005
  • Robert J. Lapham Award, Population Association of America, for contributions to the application of demographic knowledge to policy issues, 2003
  • Distinguished McKnight University Professor, 2000
  • William J. Goode Distinguished Book Award, American Sociological Association, 1989
  • Named “King of Quant.“ Wired Magazine, 1995
  • American Historical Review best article on American history published in 1994 (nominee for ABC-CLIO America: History and Life Award), 1994
  • Allen Sharlin Memorial Award, Social Science History Association, for best publication in the field of social science history, 1988
  • McKnight-Land Grant Professorship, McKnight Foundation and University of Minnesota, 1987
  • Warren E. Miller Award, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, 2009
  • Platinum Medallion, Delta Airlines, 2009
  • Regents' Professorship, University of Minnesota, 2008

Courses Taught

  • Hist 5011 - Quantitative Methods for Historical Research
  • Hist 5854 - Themes in American Social History: Demographic Perspectives on the American Family
  • Hist 1301 - History of the American Empire 1607-1877
  • Hist 3979 - History of Population
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Featured Faculty

  • Jean O'Brien, 2014 Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award

    Jean O'Brien has been awarded this year's Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award. Jean O'Brien joins Erika Lee (2012) as the second historian to receive Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award. Congratulations, Jeani!

    August 31st, 2014
  • Ann Waltner, 2014 President's Award for Outstanding Service

    Congratulations to Ann Waltner, who is a 2014 recipient of the President's Award for Outstanding Service.

    May 1st, 2014
  • Giancarlo Casale, Morse-Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education

    Giancarlo Casale has been named winner of this year's Morse-Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education.

    The department's nomination recognized his success in the classroom, his integration of language study and study abroad, his activity as a public intellectual, and his service as DUS.

    Each year since 1965, the University of Minnesota has recognized a select group of faculty members for their outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. This honor is awarded to exceptional candidates nominated by colleges in their quest to identify excellence in undergraduate education.

    Congratulations, Giancarlo!

    April 1st, 2014

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