Professor Charles Ragin
Professor of Sociology and Political Science
University of Arizona.
Social Sciences Building, Room 400
Tucson, AZ 85721
Office phone: (520) 621-3531
Fax: (520) 621-9875
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  Charles C. Ragin holds a joint appointment as Professor of Sociology and Political Science at the University of Arizona. In 2000/1 he was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and before that he was Professor of Sociology and Political Science at Northwestern University. His main interests are methodology, political sociology, and comparative-historical research, with a special focus on such topics as the welfare state, ethnic political mobilization, and international political economy. His book Fuzzy-Set Social Science was published by University of Chicago Press in 2000. Previous books include The Comparative Method: Moving Beyond Qualitative and Quantitative Strategies (University of California Press), which won the Stein Rokkan Prize of the International Social Science Council, Issues and Alternatives in Comparative Social Research (E.J. Brill), What is a Case? Exploring the Foundations of Social Research (Cambridge University Press, with Howard S. Becker), and Constructing Social Research: The Unity and Diversity of Method (Pine Forge Press). He is also the author of more than 100 articles in research journals and edited books and, with Kriss Drass and Sean Davey, he has developed two software packages for set-theoretic analysis of social data, Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and its successor Fuzzy-Set/Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fs/QCA). In 2001 he was awarded the Donald Campbell Award for Methodological Innovation by the Policy Studies Organization and in 2002 he was awarded Honorable Mention for the Barrington Moore, Jr. Prize of the American Sociological Association.