Lawrence (Larry) Hamilton is Master in Public Policy faculty, a Carsey Senior Faculty Fellow and professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire. He has written about statistical methods in articles and books such as Modern Data Analysis (1990), Regression with Graphics (1992), and eight editions of Statistics with Stata (1990–2013), two of which were translated into Chinese. Currently his work involves statistical methods for integrating data from social and natural-science domains.
Integration across social and natural science has been a common theme in Larry's research on environment and social change. Since 1992, he has conducted interdisciplinary studies around the circumpolar North, supported by a series of grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation. Results from this work include case studies, technical analysis, and comparative overviews of resource-dependent communities in Alaska, Newfoundland, Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Norway. He has been an active participant in many national and international working groups on the human dimensions of Arctic environmental change.
As a Carsey School fellow, Larry works on the design and analysis of surveys, such as the Community and Environment in Rural America (CERA) and Communities and Forests in Oregon (CAFOR) projects. More than 23,000 people, mostly in selected rural regions around the U.S., have been interviewed for these projects since 2007. The CERA and CAFOR surveys examine regional differences, effects from climate, and other patterns in how rural residents view their environments and communities. On New Hampshire’s statewide Granite State Poll, which interviews random samples of 500 people four times each year, Larry has been tracking public perceptions of science, the environment and climate. Combining his Arctic and survey interests, some recent studies explore what the general public knows and believes about polar regions. Informal notes about the polar surveys appear in “Polar Polling” on the Polar Hub website. Links to longer articles and more details about his research can be found on his personal home page.