Joel Mittleman


Joel Mittleman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame, where he is also a faculty affiliate of the Gender Studies Program and the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity.

After long rendering LGBTQ populations invisible, large, population-representative surveys are increasingly inviting respondents to report their sexual orientation and gender identity. As a quantitative sociologist and social demographer, Mittleman uses this explosion of new data to generate knowledge and build theory in the areas of gender, stratification, education and demography. Across projects, his research advances innovative new methods for analyzing gender inequality beyond the binary categories of female and male.

Mittleman’s research has been published or is forthcoming in the American Sociological ReviewGender & SocietySociology of EducationEducational Researcher and the Journal of Adolescent Health. It has received awards from the Education and Population Sections of the ASA. His research and training have been supported by a Marshall Scholarship, a Truman Scholarship, and a fellowship from the American Education Research Association.

Mittleman earned his PhD in Sociology and Social Policy at Princeton University, where he was also a trainee in the Office of Population Research.

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Princeton University, PhD in Sociology and Social Policy 2019

Princeton University, MA in Sociology 2016

London School of Economics, MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy (with Distinction) 2013

University College London’s Institute of Education, MA in Comparative Education (with Distinction) 2012

Swarthmore College, B.A. 2009


Mittleman, Joel. 2019. “Sexual Minority Bullying & Mental Health From Early Childhood Through Adolescence” The Journal of Adolescent Health 64(1): 172–178.

Mittleman, Joel. 2018. “A Downward Spiral? Childhood Suspension and the Path to Juvenile Arrest” Sociology of Education 91(3): 183-204.
• Winner, David Lee Stevenson Graduate Student Paper Award, ASA Sociology of Education
• Winner, Graduate Student Paper Award, ASA Population Section

Mittleman, Joel. 2018. “Sexual Orientation and School Discipline: New Evidence from a Population-Based Sample” Educational Researcher 47(3): 181-190.
• Selected Press: The Seattle Times, The Los Angeles Blade, Broadly (Vice News)

Miller, Luke and Joel Mittleman. 2012. “High Schools That Work and College Preparedness: Measuring the Model’s Impact on Mathematics and Science Pipeline Persistence.” Economics of Education Review 31(6): 1116–1135

Joel Mittleman