Dominic Lusinchi

Curriculum Vitæ


• CURRENT (2019-...)
- Retired. Doing pro bono/volunteer work (e.g. teaching, consulting); research and writing focusing on sociological themes.

• PAST (1977-2018)
- Consultant (statistical data analysis & modeling, survey research, research methods (quantitative and qualitative) and research design, SPSS training), Far West Research, San Francisco.
- Instructor, University of California Berkeley Extension
(Course STAT X400: Introduction to Statistical Analysis with SPSS).
- Statistical adviser and committee chair (review quarterly revenue data reported by member companies, publish quarterly report), Market Statistics Service, EDA Consortium, San Jose, California.
- General Manager of Research, partner, Collett International Research, Inc. (surveys of electronics hardware engineering teams; benchmarking engineering organizations of electronics companies, statistical data analysis & modeling), Cupertino, California.
- Research assistant and interviewer, Field Research Corp., San Francisco.
- Enumerator, Bureau of the Census, San Francisco.
- Research assistant and data analyst, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, Geneva.


- Application of statistics to diverse fields of human activity, data analysis, data modeling, sampling theory and practice, survey research, questionnaire design, evaluation of nonresponse bias on survey estimates, design of experiments, teaching statistics, SPSS training, SPSS programming.


- Sociology and history of polling and survey research in America; the social uses of statistics in modern society; the sociology of the social sciences and social scientific knowledge; the sociology of knowledge; research methods.


- American Sociological Association
- American Statistical Association
- American Association for Public Opinion Research


- Statistical Measurements and Tools
Professional Achievement Award Certificate
University of California Santa Cruz Extension.

EDUCATION (1971-1979)

- Ph.D. Sociology
>> Dissertation title: Applied Statistics - Its Use & Scope in Social Scientific Research
>> Dissertation Abstract.
University of Paris, Paris VIII: Vincennes-Saint-Denis

- First Year Doctoral Diploma (Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies), Sociology
>>Thesis title: “Never let the boss find out what you can put out”: Restriction of Output – A research essay in the transformation of production workers’ economic practices in the 19th and 20th centuries
- Diploma, Sociology
>>Thesis title: “We want our heads left on us”: Essay on the capitalist rationalization of the work process in the U.S.
Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris

- Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy
University of California, Berkeley



- Sociology

Kiær and the Rebirth of the Representative Method: a case-study in controversy management at the International Statistical Institute (1895-1903). Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences Volume 58, Issue 2, pp. 163-182.
First published online: 8 October 2021.
Abstract and paper.

Chuprov and Neyman: Priority in Science and the Uneven Diffusion of Scientific Results. Journal of Historical Sociology, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp. 410-424.
First published online: 30 September 2020.
Abstract and paper.

"The Great Fiasco" of the 1948 Presidential election polls: Status recognition and norms conflict in social science. Annals of Science, Volume 75, Issue 2, pp. 120-144.
First published online: 14 May 2018
Abstract and paper.

The Rhetorical Use of Random Sampling: Crafting and Communicating the Public Image of Polls as a Science (1935-1948). Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, Volume 53, Issue 2, pp. 113-132.
First published online: 13 Feb 2017
Abstract and paper.

Straw Poll Journalism and Quantitative Data: the case of The Literary Digest. Journalism Studies, Volume 16, Issue 3, June 2015, pp. 417-32.
First published online: 14 Feb 2014
Abstract and paper.

“President” Landon and the 1936 Literary Digest poll. Were automobile and telephone owners to blame? Social Science History, Spring 2012, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp. 23-54.
Abstract and paper.

- Survey Research

Increasing Response Rates: Pre-notification & Web Survey Format.
2007 Proceedings of the Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology Research, Washington, D.C.
Paper (pdf 188KB).

Respondent-Generated Intervals: Do They Help in Collecting Quantitative Data?
Proceedings of the American Statistical Association, Survey Research Methods Section, Alexandria, VA: American Statistical Association (2003)
Paper (pdf 76KB).

- Demography

The Demographic Impact of the Great Leap Forward Policies. A chronology of political and economic events in China between 1958 and 1962
Published by Cerf/Maspero Publishers, Paris (1977).

- Other

Entrepreneurial behavior scale: a validation study. Revista @mbienteeducação, May/August 2020, v. 13, no. 2.
Roque Amorim Neto, Vinícius Picanço Rodrigues, Dominic Lusinchi

“Clinton defeats Trump”: 2016 polls and the shadow of 1948. Significance, August 2017, vol. 14, issue 4, pp. 8-9.
Dominic Lusinchi
Paper available upon request: statinfo at farwestresearch dot com.

The Bidimensional Identity Measure (BIM): A new scale to measure multigroup ethnic and American identity in the USA. Journal of Cultural Marketing Strategy, vol. 2, no. 2, 2016-2017.
Jake Beniflah, Sharmila C. Chatterjee, Mario X. Carrasco, Dominic Lusinchi


The Reward System of Science Reconfigured? Forging a new image of the deserving scientist
To be presented at the Joint Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science and the Asociación Latinoamericana de Estudios Sociales de la Ciencia y la Tecnología in Cholula (Puebla), Mexico, December 7-10, 2022.

Two Chapters in the Development of Human Population Sampling (1895/1934): Kiær and Neyman
Abstract: Chapter 1: Kiær and the Representative Method; Chapter 2: Neyman fails to recognize Chuprov’s 1923 paper (Twice). (Presented to the History of Statistics Interest Group of the American Statistical Association, 30 July 2019 Joint Statistical Meetings in Denver, CO.)

“Scientific” Polling and the Rhetorical Use of Statistical Sampling: boundary- and conflation-work.
Paper presented at the 86th annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association in Long Beach, California, April 1-4, 2015.
Abstract and Presentation.

Could the 1936 Literary Digest Poll fiasco have been avoided? “Scrupulous bookkeeping” versus statistical adjustment of data.
Paper presented at the Southwestern Sociological Association’s Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, March 16-19, 2011.

Increasing Response Rates in Web Surveys: Pre-Notification and Questionnaire Paging Format
Paper to be presented at the 2007 Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology Research Conference, November 2007, Washington, D.C.

Web-Based Survey Research: Is It Coming of Age?
Paper presented at the 2003 Berkeley Conference of BASE (Bay Area Survey Evaluators/researchers/statisticians), hosted by U.C. Berkeley's Survey Research Center, June 2003.

Respondent-Generated Intervals: Do They Help in Collecting Quantitative Data?
Paper presented at the 58th Annual Conference of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, May 2003, Nashville, TN.

Survey Research on the Web: A Progress Report
Paper presented at the 2002 Berkeley Conference of BASE (Bay Area Survey Evaluators/researchers/statisticians), hosted by U.C. Berkeley's Survey Research Center, June 2002.

Surveying a High-Tech Occupation: An Attempt to Increase the Cooperation Rate to a Web Survey
Paper presented at the 2001 Conference of the Pacific Chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, Asilomar, Pacific Grove, California, October 2001.

Conducting Survey Research Over the Web: Issues and the Quest for Solutions. A Review of Current Research
Paper presented at the 2001 Berkeley Conference of BASE (Bay Area Survey Evaluators/researchers/statisticians), hosted by U.C. Berkeley's Survey Research Center, June 2001.

Recent Research on Web-Based Surveys: A Review of Papers Presented at the 2000 AAPOR Annual Conference
Paper presented at the annual Berkeley Conference of BASE, hosted by U.C. Berkeley's Survey Research Center, June 2000.


DFY (Design for Yield) Benchmarking - Best Practices in the Semiconductor Industry
Electronic Engineering Times, with Mark Rencher (President, Pivotal Enterprises), September 2004.

Book review: Advances in Cross-National Comparison: A European Working Book for Demographic and Socio-Economic Variables (Jürgen H.P. Hoffmeyer-Zlotnik and Christof Wolf (eds.). New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, 2003.) Journal of Official Statistics (Vol. 21, 3, Sept. 2005).

Charts and Statistical Analysis in Excel (2003) Published by IGI Development (San Jose, Calif.).


Undergraduate research internship/pre-med enrichment program: a partnership of University of California, San Francisco, and Kaiser Permanente to increase applicant diversity for medical schools
Robertson, PA, Guerra, JJ, Jackson AV, Lager JC, Beld M, Lusinchi DP
Paper presented at the Eighty-second Annual Meeting of the Pacific Coast Obstetrical and Gynecological Society, Kahuku, Oahu, Hawaii, 2015.


Review Essay: To Vote or Not To Vote: Electoral Participation in America. (1992)
Abstract and paper.

• OTHER (blogs, other articles, and social media):

My blog:
Sociological Improvisations:
Science Outraged by Political Interference (Scientists denounce "the politicization of science")
An Unprecedent Action (Scientific American endorses a presidential candidate)
Are online polls "junk science"?
Is statistics’ p-value a thing of the past?
Using Online Panels for Election Polls: A Controversy

Other blogs:
"Dr. George Gallup and the Literary Digest Poll" (2010) with Mark Blumenthal, Jan Werner and Amy Fried.

Other articles:
Senior Citizens in Today’s U.S. Labor Market: Retirement Postponed? (2010)

American Union Workers Soon to Become a Rare Breed? Employed Union Members Lowest since 2006 (2009)

"Scientific Literacy and the American Public" (2010):
- Part 1: Scientific Literacy and the Public
- Part 2: Americans' factual knowledge of science
- Part 3: Science and Pseudoscience

Social media:

- My father: Victor Lusinchi (1912-1985). His reflections on the League of Nations, which he covered in the 1930s.
- My mother: Paulette Lusinchi (1915-2018).

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