Maurice Garnier joined the faculty in 1969. At that time, his research centered on comparative social mobility. This work resulted in a number of papers that appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review and others. Subsequently, he turned his attention to the study of educational institutions. With Jerald Hage (University of Maryland) he ascertained whether the organizational and institutional characteristics of educational systems affected the rate of economic growth in Britain, France, Germany and Italy over a long historical period. The results of this project appeared in the American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology and other journals. More recently, he has turned his attention to the study of education in Africa, with an emphasis on effective schools and universities. He travels to Africa regularly. Friends do not usually turn down his invitations to dinner. When not in the kitchen, he rides his bike and listens to classical music.