A member of the Hamilton College (Clinton, NY) faculty since 1981, Dan Chambliss earned
Master's and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University; in 1982 his doctoral thesis received the
American Sociological Association’s prize for the best recent dissertation on medical sociology.
His research interests are higher education, formal organizations, social psychology and research methods, while
he teaches courses from introductory sociology through senior theses, with an emphasis on
social theory, social psychology, and phenomenology. Holder of two previous endowed chairs in
recognition of undergraduate teaching, in 2005 Chambliss was named the inaugural holder of the
Eugene M. Tobin Distinguished Professorship at Hamilton.
He is the winner of the ASA's Theory section prize for his work on organizational excellence
in his widely-reprinted 1989 article, “The Mundanity of Excellence: An Ethnographic Report
on Stratification and Olympic Swimmers,” and is author of Champions: The Making of Olympic
Swimmers, which was named the 1991 Book of the Year by the U.S. Olympic Committee. His
1996 book, Beyond Caring: Hospitals, Nurses and the Social Organization of Ethics, won the
Eliot Freidson Prize for the best book of the preceding two years in medical sociology from
the American Sociological Association. Chambliss is also co-author, with Russell Schutt, of
Making Sense of the Social World, a research methods textbook coming out in a fifth edition in
2015, in use at over one hundred colleges and universities in the US and UK.
Chambliss is author with Christopher Takacs, his former student and now a PhD candidate
at the University of Chicago, of How College Works, published in February 2014 by Harvard
University Press. How College Works has been named recipient of the Press's Warren and
Virginia Stone Prize as the outstanding book of the year on Education and Society.
From 2002-2008, Chambliss served as a Commissioner, then Member of the Executive
Committee, of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, overseeing the accreditation
of more than 500 colleges and universities in the mid-Atlantic region.
Beyond his academic work, Chambliss serves as senior advisor and Research Director for
LH&P, a team of consultants serving senior management (C-level) executives in Fortune 50
firms in the US and UK; he specializes in the design and analysis of internal research projects
and secondary data. Raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, he now resides in Cazenovia, New