» The Earl Babbie Research Center

The Earl Babbie Research Center at Chapman University is dedicated to empowering students and faculty to apply a wide variety of qualitative and quantitative social research methods to conduct studies that address critical social, behavioral, economic and environmental problems. The Center’s mission is to provide research support and instruction to students, faculty and the broader community, and to produce research that addresses global concerns including human rights, social justice, peaceful solutions to social conflicts and environmental sustainability. The Babbie Center supports cutting edge interdisciplinary research and encourages faculty student collaboration. For more information about the Earl Babbie Research Center, please send us an e-mail at lday@chapman.edu.

Specific Programs

  • Host conferences with internationally acclaimed scholars and practitioners.
  • Provide seed grant money to encourage student and faculty research.
  • Provide travel funds to students and faculty who need to do field work.
  • Host visiting scholars and post-doctoral fellows.
  • Develop Courses that support the goals of the Center

Current Services

  • Research Design and Statistical Consulting
  • The Babbie Center provides free consulting to graduate students and faculty at all stages of the research process. The center’s staff has the ability to provide initial design consultations, assistance with a broad range of quantitative and qualitative analyses, help identifying secondary data sources,  and, when capacity allows, assistance with data entry and management. Please contact us at babbiecenter@chapman.edu to set up an appointment. Drop in consultation hours will be posted soon.

Chapman University NVivo Education Center

  • What is NVivo?
    QSR International  is the leading software for analyzing qualitative data. Acting as a workspace, NVivo software helps researchers to manage, shape and interpret unstructured information. It offers tools that assist with classifying, sorting and arranging information.
  • Why use Chapman’s NVivo Education Center?
    The Chapman NVivo Education Center offers resources to help teaching staff and students at Chapman University incorporate NVivo research software into course work or study. Visit the Education Center for resource guides, tutorials, and webinars exclusive to Chapman faculty and students.
  • How do you take advantage of this wonderful opportunity?
    Go to the Wilkinson College Team Site located on MyWindow. If you are on campus your computer is automatically logged in to MyWindow, however, if you are logged in remotely, you will need to sign-in to MyWindow. The Chapman University NVivo Education Center is located under the links column to the far right.

International journal War Crimes, Genocide & Crimes against Humanity

Current Projects

Soultions without Problem: What do the 2003 American invasion of Iraq, banning gay marriage, outlawing marijuana, the Salem Witch Trials, and Voter ID laws all have in common? Each is a “solution” designed to solve a non-existent problem, with disastrous consequences. This website will examine a variety of examples from politics and social policy, religion, medicine and other aspects of social life. We will discover a major source of misery in modern life–one that is sometimes intentional but one that can be avoided. My purpose is for us to work together to bring a halt to SoluProbs™: Solutions without Problems.

Social Reality IndexChapman University developed a random, national survey of fears called the Social Reality Index. The survey ask respondents the extent to which they fear crime, terrorist attacks, national disasters, personal crises and a host of other phenomena. Wave 1 of the project was funded through grants from the John Templeton Foundation and by the Institute for Study of Religion, Economics and Society (IRES) at Chapman University and the Henley Social Research Lab. Learn more about this survey ...

“Working on the Social Reality Index has been my greatest academic experience in my years at Chapman. The interterm class was such an amazing experience, for we were surrounded by passionate students and professors that were excited about the work we were doing. I love the fact that the product I have produced with my classmates will be on a national survey. It is very motivating to know that the professors involved, trust and value our input enough to consider it for a survey. As an intern for Sociology Professor Christopher Bader, and the other professors working on the project, has been very valuable in the way that we are not seen as interns, but as peers who have an equal role on the process of developing the survey. I am very excited for the future work I will be doing for this internship, including publishing a paper with Penny Burner (Chapman Student) and Professor Bader. I could not have asked for a better experience to end my Chapman career.”

Parker Bradley (’14)  Sociology and Anthropology major

"Helping to develop a national survey with Professor Bader and other students gave me real hands on experience with Sociological Research. Unlike my other classes, I was able to apply what I had learned and I will get to see current data on the topics we discussed. Doing an internship with Professor Bader will also allow me to work on a published essay regarding the results of the survey. This is a great way to find out more about the world of research and I feel like I have a direct impact on this research project."

Penny Burner ('14) Sociology major and English minor


Crystal Murphy Professor Crystal Murphy is current working on a research project that explores how microfinance, a development program targeting poor entrepreneurs, functions in an extraordinary post-war economy. The market in Juba, South Sudan is marked by hyperinflation, import-dependency, and shifting cultural values due to the repatriation of South Sudanese from all over the map. The goal of this research is to inform policymakers tailoring services in post-conflict situations. Several students are involved with supporting the project by conducting, transcribing, coding and analyzing qualitative interview recordings in light of interdisciplinary theories from behavioral economics, peace and conflict studies, and communications.

About Earl Babbie

Earl Babbie

Due to the decades-long, world-wide popularity of his textbooks in social research, Dr. Earl Babbie is one of the most famous living sociologists today. He holds the position of Campbell Professor Emeritus in Behavioral Sciences at Chapman University. He is best known for his book The Practice of Social Research (first published in 1975), currently in its 14th English edition, with numerous non-English editions. The text has been widely adopted in colleges throughout the United States and throughout other parts of the world. He is also an author of research articles and monographs. Throughout his career he has been active in the American Sociological Association and served on the ASA’s executive committee. He is also past president of the Pacific Sociological Association and California Sociological Association.

Babbie Center Staff

Dr. Day

Dr. L. Edward Day received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Washington in 1992. He has been involved in research projects ranging from multi-site surveys to two person participant observation autoethnographies. He is able to consult on research design and both quantitative and qualitative analyses. A criminologist by training, he has a special fondness for cross-disciplinary research. He is founding editor of the open access journal War Crimes, Genocide & Crimes against Humanity and has served on the boards of both national and regional academic societies. 

Desiree Fehmie, Babbie Center consultant, joins the Babbie Center in March, 2013. Ms. Fehmie holds a Masters in Public Health from Dartmouth University and a Masters of Science in Health and Psychology from City University London. She has experience in data management and analysis as well as program design, implementation and evaluation. She is skilled in conceptualization processes, helping researchers move from initial ideas to study questions. Her hours will be posted soon.

Nicole Tellier joins the Babbie Center in April, 2013. She is an alumna of Chapman University, having graduated in 2011 with a B.A. in Political Science and Religious Studies. Starting in 2009, she worked for two years as a Research Assistant in the Ludie & David C. Henley Social Sciences Research Lab with Dr. Ann Gordon – assisting students in advanced PASW (SPSS) analysis, conducting literature reviews, coding and analyzing data and preparing academic reports for presentation at national conferences. With a strong foundation in research methodologies, Nicole was able to attend the University of Michigan’s Intercollegiate Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) in 2010 and present independent and co-authored research at conferences such as the Midwestern Political Science Association (MPSA), National Communication Association and the International Conference on the Social Sciences. Nicole has extensive experience with regression analysis using PASW(SPSS) and spatial representation in ArcGIS 10. She will be able for drop-in consultations on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Advisory Board

Advisory Board

Hamid Abdollahyan
Professor of Communications, University of Tehran , Iran and Editor of Global Media Journal-Persian Edition

Ron Anderson
Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Minnesota, Founder, Foundation for Compassionate Societies

Aaron Babbie
Vice President, Business Development, Sparkloft Media

Petras Barsauskas
Rector, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania

Jennifer Bevan
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Chapman University

Solveiga Buoziute-Rafanaviciene
Quality Director, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania

Yuet-wah Cheung
Professor of Sociology, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Mick Couper
Research Professor, Survey Research Center, University of Michigan

James Dannemiller
President, SMS Research, Honolulu, HI

James Davis
Co-founder, General Social Survey, Principal Investigator Emeritus, National Opinion Research Center

Rosalind Edwards
Professor of Sociology, University of Southampton, Editor, International Journal of Social Research Methods, England 

Weida Fan
President, Chinese Survey Research Association, Professor, Fudan University, Shanghai

Mark Francisco
Executive Sales Representative, Cengage

Ann Gordon
Founding Director (ex officio)

Charles Glock
Professor Emeritus of Sociology, UC Berkeley, Former and Founding Director, Survey Research Center, UC Berkeley, Former Director, Bureau of Applied Social Research, Columbia

Sally T. Hillsman
Executive Officer of the American Sociological Association

Charles Hohm
Executive Director, Pacific Sociological Association; Professor Emeritus of Sociology, San Diego State University

Raymond Lee
Professor Emeritus of Social Research Methods, Royal Holloway University of London, UK

Jack Levin
Professor and Co-Director, Brudnick Center on Conflict and Violence, Northeastern University

Peter Marsden
Edith and Benjamin Geisinger Professor of Sociology, Dean of Social Sciences, Harvard University

Mike Maxfield
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

Esteban Montilla
Professor of Counseling, St. Mary's University, San Antonio, TX

Jodi O'Brien
Professor of Sociology, Seattle University

John Robbins
Author, social activist, and humanitarian

Ocean Robbins
Author, speaker and movement builder

Dennis Rome
Carnegie Scholar, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, University of Wisconsin Parkside

Allen Rubin
Bert Kruger Smith Centennial Professor in Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin

Steve Rutter
Publisher, Routledge / Taylor and Francis

William Ryerson
President of Population Media Center and Population Institute

Dietram Scheufele
John E. Ross Professor of Communications, University of Wisconsin

Arvind Singhal
Samuel Shirley and Edna Holt Marston Endowed Professor, University of Texas at El Paso, and William J. Clinton Distinguished Fellow, Clinton School of Public Service, Little Rock, AR

Metta Spencer
Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Toronto, Canada

Teresa Sullivan
President of the University of Virginia

Jiaming Sun
Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Texas A&M (Commerce)

Negussie Teffera
Country Representative Population Media Center, Ethiopia

Thomas Van Valey
Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Western Michigan University

Jennifer Waldeck
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Chapman University

Theodore Wagenaar
Professor of Sociology, Miami University of Oxford, Ohio, Carnegie Scholar

Jerry Westby
Publisher, Pine Forge Press/SAGE Publications