A prominent figure in the realms of sociology and education, Dr. Richard F. Hamilton holds the title of professor emeritus, having previously served as a professor of sociology and political science in the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at the Ohio State University for more than two decades. Focusing his teachings and research on political sociology, social movements, the stratification of race, class relations and gender relations, Dr. Hamilton has authored 10 books and 70 articles during his tenure in education, primarily dealing with elite- and mass-politics and their interconnections.
Prior to his appointment at the Ohio State University, Dr. Hamilton served McGill University in Montreal as a professor from 1970 to 1986, the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an associate professor and then professor from 1966 to 1970, and Princeton University as an assistant professor from 1964 to 1966. Earlier in his career, he was an instructor at both the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences at Binghamton University and Skidmore College between 1957 and 1964.
Dr. Hamilton is a former member of the Inter-Universal Consortium for Political and Social Research, remaining involved with the organization for four years between 1975 and 1979. Likewise, he is a past military soldier, having served with the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956. To remain abreast of developments in his areas of interest, he sat on the steering committee of the Council for European Studies from 1975 to 1978 .
In light of his exceptional undertakings, Dr. Hamilton has amassed numerous accolades and honors. The recipient of a Distinguished Scholar Award from the Ohio State University in 1993, he has also received a number of grants through such prominent organizations and universities as the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, McGill University, the National Science Foundation, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Center for International Studies at Princeton University, the Research Foundation of the State University of New York and Columbia University.
Happily married to his wife Irene Maria Elisabeth Wagner since 1957, Dr. Hamilton and she celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2017. He is also the proud father of two children, Carl Thomas and Tilman Michael. Looking toward the future, he intends to continue enjoying his retirement.
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