Research Interests and Project Expertise
Data and methods; occupations and work; sociology of law
I direct the IPUMS International census and survey data project. In addition to overseeing data integration and metadata development for the project, I am also responsible for strategic planning and partner relations. I started working for IPUMS in 2005, coding and harmonizing historical occupational variables while finishing my graduate work. I transitioned to IPUMS International in 2008 and hold a PhD in Sociology from the University of Minnesota.
My research interests include data and methods; geographic variable harmonization and development; occupations and work; and global standardization practices. I have worked on the teams that spearheaded work on variance estimation, sample documentation, geographic harmonization, household asset indices, the secure access research data enclave, and the development of teaching materials for IPUMS.
Sobek, Matthew and Lara Cleveland. 2017. "IPUMS Approach to Harmonizing International Census and Survey Data." Working Paper 31 from the Conference of European Statisticians, Group of Experts on Population and Housing Censuses. Geneva: United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. ECE/CES/GE.41/2017/31.
Jeffers, Kristen, Miriam King, Lara Cleveland, and Patricia Kelly Hall. 2017. "Data Resource Profile: IPUMS-International." International Journal of Epidemiology 46(2).
Ruggles, Steven, Robert McCaa, Matthew Sobek, and Lara Cleveland. 2015. "The IPUMS Collaboration: Integrating and Disseminating the World's Census Microdata." Journal of Demographic Economics 81(2): 203-216.
McCaa, Robert, Lara Cleveland, Patricia Kelly Hall, Steven Ruggles, and Matthew Sobek. 2015. "Statistical coherence of primary schooling in IPUMS-International integrated population samples for China, India, Vietnam, and ten other Asia-Pacific countries." Chinese Journal of Sociology, 333-355.