Scott Long received a B.A. from Juniata College in 1973 and a Ph.D. from Cornell in 1977. After a one year postdoctoral fellowship at Cornell, he spent 11 years at Washington State University in the Department of Sociology and the Program in Statistics. He joined the faculty of Indiana University in 1989, and was appointed Chair from 1994-2000 and again in 2003. In 1996, Long received the Edwin Sutherland Teaching Award from the Department of Sociology, was awarded the Chancellor’s Professorship in 1998, and was appointed as Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Statistics in 2010. He is the recipient of the American Sociological Associations Paul F. Lazarsfeld Memorial Award for Distinguished Contributions in the Field of Sociological Methodology, an elected member of the Sociological Research Association, and an elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association. Long has published in the premier journals of his discipline as well as interdisciplinary journals. He has received grant support from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Institute of Aging.
His work in the sociology of science focuses on processes that affect achievement in science. Most recently this work examined factors that affect the career outcomes of women in science. He recently chaired a panel at the National Academy of Sciences to examine changes in the career experiences of male and female scientists over the past twenty years, authoring From Scarcity to Visibility: Gender Differences in the Careers of Doctoral Scientists and Engineers (2001). His methodological work has developed new methods that facilitate the interpretation of statistical results, unified literatures from diverse fields, and established approaches for the proper application of established techniques. His books include Confirmatory Factor Analysis (1983), Covariance Structure Analysis (1983), Regression Models for Categorical and Limited Dependent Variables (1997), and Regression Models for Categorical and Limited Dependent Variables with Stata, Third Edition (with Jeremy Freese in 2014) and several edited volumes. Professor Long has served on the editorial board of manyl journals in statistical and sociology, and edited Sociological Methods and Research from 1987-1994. He has lectured extensively in quantitative methods, and regularly teaches workshops at professional meetings and universities around the United States.
His current research in collaboration with Eliza Pavalko is a study of work and health among mid-life women, funded by the NIA. He is working with Bernice Pescosolido and Jack Martin the NIH funded projects, Stigma and Mental Illness in Cross-National Perspective and with Pescosolido, Martin and Annie Lang on the recently NIH funded project Social Network & Media Effects on Mental Illness Stigma. Over the past five years he has been working with John Bancroft, Director of The Kinsey Institute. This collaboration has resulted in recent funding to develop the next Kinsey Report.