Lee Rainwater

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Lee Rainwater
Born7 January 1928 (1928-01-07)[1]
Died4 July 2015 (2015-07-05) (aged 87)[2]

Lee Rainwater (7 January 1928 – 4 July 2015) was an American sociologist. He was a professor of sociology at Harvard University for twenty-three years[3] and was a co-founder of the Luxembourg Income Study, for which he was research director between 1983 and 2005. He was the author, co-author, or editor of over twenty books, including Behind Ghetto Walls: Black Families in a Federal Slum (1970), a study of the notorious St Louis, Missouri, housing development Pruitt–Igoe. A series of memorial lectures has been founded in his name at CUNY and began in 2017.[4][5]

Rainwater was the dissertation adviser for Laud Humphreys, the sociologist best known for his work on men who have sex with men in public restrooms (known as tearooms), and for the controversies surrounding the potential ethics involved in the study.[6]


  1. ^ "Mrs. J. Tennis Rainwater". National Genealogical Society Quarterly. Washington, D.C.: National Genealogical Society. 45 (1): 91. March 1957.
  2. ^ "Lee Rainwater". The Boston Globe. 8 July 2015. Retrieved 4 December 2016.
  3. ^ Garsten, Bryan D. (15 December 1992). "Rainwater Delivers His Final Lecture at Harvard". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved 4 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Lee Rainwater Memorial Lecture Series". The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Retrieved 4 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Lee Rainwater Memorial Lecture Series". Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  6. ^ Schacht, Steven P. (2004). "Moving beyond the controversy: Remembering the many contributions of Laud Humphreys to sociology and the study of sexuality". The International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy. 24 (3–5): 3–11.