Professor Richard Breen, Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield, has won this year’s Innovation Award in the American Sociological Association’s (ASA’s) Methodology Section, in recognition of his co-creation of the KHB method of comparing coefficients across nonlinear probability models. Created in collaboration with Kristian Karlson and Anders Holm, who share the award with Richard, the KHB method has been described in Social Science Research as ‘both ingeniously clever and surprisingly simple’ and ‘the best approach’.
The ASA’s Methodology Section aims to support the development of the field of methodology by enabling the exchange of research results and ideas through a varied programme of events and publications. Its Innovation Award has only been granted once before, and so we are particularly proud of Richard for being the second ever winner.
As well as his research on quantitative methods, which has been deservedly recognised by this illustrious award, Richard specialises in the areas of social inequality and mobility, including the multi-generational effects of education and marriage. Richard is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, and a Member of Academia Europaea – all highly regarded organisations dedicated to the promotion of research. Richard has also held senior academic roles at Yale, Belfast and the European University Institute in Florence.