Dr. Lawton holds several positions at UC Berkeley. Since 2008 she has been Executive Director of the Berkeley Population Center and as of 2013 she has assumed this role in the Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging. She is Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Demography and Lecturer in the Department of Sociology. Her academic expertise is in family demography, particularly intergenerational relationships. Prior to coming to Berkeley, she started a survey research and design consulting company following a successful career in the private sector as Director of Research in research and consulting firms. As such she has a deep knowledge of how businesses function both from her own employers as well as her clients. The most relevant area of work Lawton conducts is the biannual ‘Best Places to Work’ article published by the Washingtonian magazine where she designed the surveys for employers and employees, assisted in selection of the winners, and also completed dozens of individual company reports about employee relations. [Leora Lawton wears many hats. At UC Berkeley, she is Executive Director of the Berkeley Population Center, and Project Scientish on an NIH-funded study to investigate personal networks over time. She is also the founder and principla of TechSociety Research, a firm specializing in custom social science and business research. Leora received her Ph. D in Sociology from Brown University, and began her non-academic career wroking for Bellcore, a think tank of the Baby Bell phone companies in New Jersey, conducting work on how people use the internet. She then returned to California, working for several reserach firms, where she served as director of research as director of research. She teachers in the Sociology and Demography department in addition to her work in the Popcenter, Heracademic interests are broad, based on both her for-profit research experience and her academic interests: ranging from family demography (including work-family balance) to survey methods. She is highly committed to infusing academic quality into practical applied research. Leora has served as Treasurer and Executive Director of the Society for Applied Sociology; the council of the Pacific Association of Public Opinion Research; and also served as Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, council member, webmaster and newsletter editor for the American Sociology Association’s Section on Sociological Practice and Public Sociology. In 2011 the SEction awarded her the William Foote Whyte Award for a distinguished career in applied sociology.

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