Social & Education Policy

David Bills

  • Distinguished Research Fellow, Social and Education Policy Research Program
  • Professor, College of Education


David Bills is professor of the sociology of education and Department Executive Officer of the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies. He is the past Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Graduate Programs in the University of Iowa College of Education. 

Bills joined the University of Iowa in 1985. He holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Sociology. Before coming to Iowa he served for three years on the faculty of the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and was a visiting assistant professor at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa. He was awarded his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin in 1981.

Bills’s research interests are in education and the workplace, labor markets, technological and organizational change, educational demography, and social inequality. He is the author of The Sociology of Education and Work, as well as several edited volumes and journal articles. He has recent or forthcoming papers in the Annual Review of Sociology and Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. Bills is past Editor of Sociology of Education. He is collaborating on various projects with colleagues from Brazil, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Ukraine, Chile, and Albania. He recently participated with several colleagues on a project examining the non-cognitive determinants of success in postsecondary STEM programs, sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences.