Social & Education Policy

David Bills

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


David Bills' 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 collaborates on various projects with colleagues from Brazil, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Ukraine, Chile, and Albania. He recently participated on a project examining the non-cognitive determinants of success in postsecondary STEM programs, sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences. 

Educational Background

  • PhD, Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1981
  • MS, Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1977