Kenneth A. Bollen is Director of the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science and the H.R. Immerwahr Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a member of the Statistical Core and a Fellow of the Carolina Population Center and an adjunct professor of Statistics at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Bollen completed his Ph.D. at Brown University in 1977. He was a research scientist at the General Motors Research Laboratories (1977-1982) and an assistant professor at Dartmouth College (1982-1985) before joining the UNC-Chapel Hill in 1985. Bollen has been an instructor at the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Summer Training Program in Quantitative Methods at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor since 1980. Throughout the 2004-2005 academic year he was the leader of the SAMSI Program on Latent Variables in the Social Sciences.
During 1993-1994, Bollen was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Palo Alto, California. He also is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Bollen is the Year 2000 recipient of the Lazarsfeld Award for Methodological Contributions in Sociology. The ISI named him among the World's Most Cited Authors in the Social Sciences. He is coauthor of Latent Curve Models: A Structural Equations Approach (with P. Curran, 2006, Wiley) and author of Structural Equation Models with Latent Variables (1989, Wiley) and of over 100 published papers. Bollen's primary areas of statistical research are structural equation models, measurement models, and latent growth curve models. In addition to his work at General Motors, Bollen has consulted for IBM, Proctor & Gamble, the UN Development Program, the US Agency for International Development, and others.