David L. Weakliem

Professor Emeritus of Sociology

PhD., 1987, University of Wisconsin
M.S., 1983, University of Wisconsin
B.A., 1981, Harvard University



I came to UConn in 1994 after teaching at Cornell University (1987-91) and Indiana University (1991-4), and have been here ever since, except for a year at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in 1996-7. Since 2012, I have been the editor of Comparative Sociology (see the CoSo Facebook page).

I am interested in political sociology (especially public opinion), social stratification, and quantitative methods.  My latest book, Public Opinion (Polity), was published in 2020.    Hypothesis Testing and Model Selection in the Social Sciences (Guilford), which examines classical and Bayesian approaches to hypothesis testing, as well as “information criteria” for trading off goodness of fit versus complexity, was published in 2016.  More information about my interests can be found on my blog, “Just the Social Facts, Ma’am.”.


David Weakliem.  2020.  Public Opinion.  Cambridge:  Polity.

David Weakliem.  2016.  Hypothesis Testing and Model Selection in the Social Sciences.  New York:  Guilford.

David Weakliem.  2016.  “The Missing Main Effect of Welfare State Regimes:  A Comment.”  Sociological Science 3.  click here to access

David Weakliem.  2015.  “Public Opinion, the One Percent, and Income Redistribution.” Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. New York: Wiley.

David Weakliem. 2014. “Modernization and Religious Concord,” Comparative Sociology 13: 235-50.

Simon Cheng and David Weakliem. 2014. “Beyond the One-Drop Rule: Views of Obama’s Race and Voting Intentions in 2008.” Sociological Science 1 Click here to access 

David Weakliem and Robert Biggert. 2013. “Not Asking for Much: Public Opinion and Redistribution from the Rich.” Comparative Sociology 12: 66-94.

David L. Weakliem, Gordon Gauchat, and Bradley R. E. Wright. 2012.  “Sociological Stratification: Change and Continuity in the Distribution of Departmental Prestige.”  The American Sociologist 43: 310-27.

David L. Weakliem and Julia Adams. 2011. “What Do We Mean by ‘Class Politics’?” Politics & Society 39: 475-95.

Andrew Gelman and David Weakliem.  2009.  “Of Beauty, Sex, and Power.”  American Scientist 97:  310-16.


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