Collected works of Robert A. Gordon
With PDFs, and kindly help us locate copies of the missing entries
Robert (Bob) Arthur Gordon (born August 10, 1932, so age 90 as of writing) is an American sociologist notable enough to have a short Wikipedia page (well for now). He seems to be too old to have created any sort of compilation of his works anywhere, he has no pages on Google Scholar or ResearchGate either, so finding even a list of his papers is difficult. This is made worse by the fact that he has a name that overlaps with several, if not many, other academics. Luckily, Semantic Scholar generates pages for authors automatically, including one for Gordon. Still, making a proper APA style list and finding the PDFs required some effort. As usual, thanks to Jurij Fedorov for doing the brunt of the labor. Actually, after painstakingly making most of this list, we found that there is a list already made by Barry Mehler. He's one of the most competent academic communist stalkers, who runs/ran Institute for the Study of Academic Racism. It seems he also got crazy about COVID, and was forced into retirement after some crazy behavior at his university. Mehler's page includes a very detailed biography in the sense that Mehler was apparently noted everything that has happened to submitted papers, symposiums, when Gordon was married, and divorced (to fellow intelligence researcher sociologist Linda Gottfredson), when he received a grant, or met some researchers at his university. I won't repost it here as it is too long, but the interested reading should check it out. You will recognize a few names of famous living researchers who are still active.
This was the only photo I was able to find of Robert Gordon, standing in the middle in the back. The photo is from about 2001, posted by The Gazette Online, the newsletter of John Hopkins. There is no Gordon in their list of professor emereti, but maybe their the archives don't go that far back. A reader sent me a photo of Gordon from ISIR 2010 in Virginia USA:
I met Gordon in 2015 at the ISIR conference in Albuquerque, as I was on a road trip in that state with my then girlfriend. Helmuth Nyborg and I had drinks with him, but unfortunately, I did not take any photos. Or at least, I've looked through my archives, and I don't seem to have any photos from that conference.
Gordon's writing style is long. He has a tendency to publish long chapters in obscure monographs that I can barely find proof of their existence. Even some of his seemingly important works are currently lost. His career primarily consisted of analysis of crime data, and later, the interaction with intelligence and race. Chiefly, he was advocating intelligence as the primary cause of race gaps in crime rates. As such, he was involved in the controversies in the years from Jensen's pioneering work from 1969 until his last paper in 2000. Before 1970 he mainly wrote on arcane statistical topics, and achieved a citation classic with one such paper from 1968. His magnum opus is the 118 page long article from 1997, Everyday life as an intelligence test: Effects of intelligence and intelligence context. I read this article a few times in high school (gymnasium) back in 2009 or thereabouts and it made a big impression on me.
If you can find any missing papers or books, or have any photos or videos of Gordon, let me know! In fact, just email them to me if you find any (email@example.com). You will probably have to request them by library loans, scans, or by buying old books for scanning.
Gordon, R. A. (1960). Slavery and the Comparative Study of Social Structure. (book review of Slavery: A Problem in American Institutional and Intellectual Life.
by Stanley Elkins) American Journal of Sociology 66 (1960): 184 - 186.
Gordon, R.A. (1962). The Generality of Semantic Differential Factors and Scales in Six American Subcultures, unpublished M.A. thesis, University of Chicago.
Gordon, R.A. (1963). Book Review: Family Environment and Delinquency by Sheldon Glueck, Eleanor Glueck. [Unknown outlet!]
Gordon, R.A. (1963). Values and Gang Delinquency, unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, University of Chicago
Gordon, R.A., Short, J.F., Cartwright, D.S., & Strodtbeck, F.L. (1963). Values and Gang Delinquency: A Study of Street-Corner Groups. American Journal of Sociology, 69, 109 - 128.
Gordon, R.A. (1963). Book review: Delinquents, Their Families, and the Community by C. Downing Tait, Jr., Emory F. Hodges, Jr.
Howard, K. I., & Gordon, R. A. (1963). Empirical note on the “number of factors” problem in factor analysis. Psychological Reports, 12(1), 247-250E.
Eerratum, loc. cit., No. 2 (1963) [can't find this]
Gordon, R.A. (1965). Book review: Personality and Social Systems by Neil J. Smelser, William T. Smelser. American Journal of Sociology.
Gordon, R.A. (1967). Book review: Youth and the Social Order. by F. Musgrove, and the Adolescent Self-Image by Morris Rosenberg. American Journal of Sociology, 72, 560-562.
Gordon, R.A. (1967). Issues in the ecological study of delinquency. American sociological review, 32 6, 927-44 .
Gordon, R.A. (1968). Issues in Multiple Regression. American Journal of Sociology, 73, 592 - 616.
Gordon, R. A. (1968). On the Interpretation of Oblique Factors. American Sociological Review 33 (August): 601-20
Gordon, R. A. (1969). Amongst Competent Sociologists? Letter. American Sociologist 4 (August 1969): 249-250.
Gordon, R.A. (1970). Concerning Hebb's criticism of Jensen and the heredity-environment argument. American Psychologist, 25, 1172-1173.
Gordon, R.A. (1971). People Who See Flying Saucers. Science.
Gordon, R.A. (1971). Book Reviews : Daniel N. Robinson (Ed.) Heredity and Achievement. New York: Oxford University Press, 1970. Pp. X + 441. $4.95 (paperback. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 31, 793 - 799.
Gordon, R.A. (1973). An Explicit Estimation of the Prevalence of Commitment to a Training School, to Age 18, by Race and by Sex. Journal of the American Statistical Association, 68, 547-553.
Gordon, R.A., & Gleser, L.J. (1974). The estimation of the prevalence of delinquency: Two approaches and a correction of the literature†. Journal of Mathematical Sociology, 3, 275-291.
McAuliffe, William E, and Robert A Gordon. (1974). A Test of Lindesmith's Theory of Addiction: The Frequency of Euphoria Among Long-Term Addicts. American Journal of Sociology 79 (January 1974): 795-840.
Gordon, R.A. (1975). On "Validity" As a Criterion. American Journal of Sociology, 80, 981 - 987.
McAulifre, W.E., & Gordon, R.A. (1975). Issues in Testing Lindesmith's Theory. American Journal of Sociology, 81, 154 - 163. [PDF missing]
Gordon, R. A. (1975). Examining labeling theory: The case of mental retardation. in The labelling of deviance: Evaluating a perspective, 83-146. [book missing]
Gordon, R. A. (1975). Crime and cognition: An evolutionary perspective. Proceedings of the II International Symposium on Criminology. Sao Paulo, Brazil: Oscar Freire Institute. [entire book missing]
Gordon, R.A. (1976). Rigor and Relevance in a Changing Institutional Setting. The American Economic Review, 66, 1-14. [PDF missing]
Gordon, R. A. (1976) Prevalence: The rare datum in delinquency measurement and its implications for the theory of delinquency. In: The juvenile justice system, ed. M. W. Klein. Beverly Hills, Calif.: Sage. [book missing]
Gordon, R.A. (1977). Comment on “delinquency, sex, and family variables” by Andrew. Social Biology.
Gordon, R. A. (1977). A Critique of the Evaluation of Patuxent Institution: With Particular Attention to the Issues of Dangerousness and Recidivism. American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. [PDF missing]
Gordon, R.A., & Rudert, E.E. (1979). Bad News concerning IQ Tests. Sociology Of Education, 52, 174.
Gordon, R.A. (1980). Comment on Jensen's Chronometric analysis of intelligence. Journal of Social and Biological Structures, 3, 123-124.
Gordon, R.A. (1980). Implications of valid (and stubborn) IQ differences: An unstatesmanlike view. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 3, 343 - 344.
Gordon, R. A. (1980). Research on IQ, race, and delinquency: Taboo or not taboo. In: Taboos in criminology by Edward Sagarin, 37-66. [book missing]
Gordon, R. A. (1980). "Reply." In Taboos in Criminology, edited by Edward Sagarin, 136-148. Beverly Hills: Sage, 1980.
Gordon, R. A. (1980) The advantages of a simple system of optional published refereeing. Speculations in Science and Technology 3:607–9. [entire journal is missing]
McAuliffe, William E, and Robert A Gordon. (1980). Reinforcement and the Combination of Effects: Summary of a Theory of Opiate Addiction. In Theories of Drug Abuse: Selected Contemporary Perspectives, edited by Dan J Lettieri, Mollie Sayers and Helen Wallenstein Pearson, 137-141. National Institute of Drug Abuse Research Monograph 30. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, March 1980. [book missing]
Gordon, R.A. (1980) Comment on Jensen's ‘Chronometric analysis of intelligence’. Journal of Social and Biological Structures 3 : 123-124.
Gordon, R.A. (1982). Optional published refereeing. Comment on: Peters & Ceci (1982): Peer-review practices of psychological journals: The fate of published articles, submitted again. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 5, 213 - 214.
Gordon, R.A. (1982). Preventive Sentencing and the Dangerous Offender: A Commentary on Recent Proposals in England from the Standpoint of Experience with Patuxent Institution. British Journal of Criminology, 22, 285-314.
Long, J.P., Minugh, C.J., & Gordon, R.A. (1983). How to phase out a program. [outlet unknown]
Gordon, R.A. (1984). Digits Backward and the Mercer-Kamin Law. In: Perspectives on bias in mental testing by Cecil R. Reynolds, Robert T. Brown.
Gordon, R.A. (1985). The black–white factor is g. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 8, 229-231.
Gordon, R.A. (1985). Scientific justification and the race-IQ-delinquency model. Pp. 91-131, In Timothy F. Hartnagel and Robert A. Silverman (eds.), Critique and Explanation: Essays in Honor of Gwynne Nettler. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Books [book missing]
Gordon, R.A. (1985). Understanding and Controlling Drug Users. Review of Trafficking in Drug Users, by James R Beniger, Substance Abuse, Habitual Behavior, and Self-Control, edited by Peter K Levison and Drug, Set, and Setting, by Norman E Zinberg. In Contemporary Sociology 14 (May 1985): 291-294.
Gordon, R.A. (1986). Review of James Q. Wilson and Richard J. Herrnstein, Crime and Human Nature. Business Horizons, 29: 78-79 [unknown outlet]
Gordon, R.A. (1987). SES versus IQ in the race‐IQ‐delinquency model. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 7, 30-96.
Bailey, J. M. (1989). A CRITIQUE AND REINTERPRETATION OF GORDON'S IQ—COMMENSURABILITY PROPERTY. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 9(4), 64-74.
Gordon, R.A. (1987). Jensen's contributions concerning test bias: A contextual view. Pp. 77-154 in Sohan Modgil and Celia Modgil (eds.), Arthur Jensen: Consensus and Controversy (Falmer International Master-Minds Challenged). Barcombe, Lewes, Sussex, England: Falmer Press.
Gordon, R.A. (1987). Gordon Replies to Scheuneman. In Arthur Jensen: Consensus and Controversy, edited by Sohan Modgil and Celia Modgil, 171-175. New York: Falmer Press
Gordon, R.A. (1987). Citation Classic: 'Issues in Multiple Regression'. Current Contents: Social and Behavioral Sciences 36 (1987): 18. [PDF missing]
Gordon, R.A. (1988). Thunder from the left. Academic Questions, 1, 74-92.
Gordon, R.A., Lewis, M.A., & Quigley, A. (1988). Can we count on muddling through the g crisis in employment. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 33, 424-451.
Gordon, R.A. (1993). The Battle to Establish a Sociology of Intelligence: A Case Study in the Sociology of Politicized Disciplines. Baltimore: Department of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University [does this even exist? cited by Gottfredson but I don't see anything]
Gordon, R.A. (1995). The Great Disturbance about Intelligence. Planning for higher education, 23, 19-28. [PDF missing]
Gordon, R.A. (1995). The Irresponsible Abuse of Colleagues. The Johns Hopkins Newsletter (December 8, 1995), A13. [archive does not cover pre-internet]
Gordon, R.A. (1996). How intelligent is our intelligence policy?. Contemporary Psychology, 41, 573-576. [PDF missing]
Gordon, R.A. (1996). Parental licensure and its sanction. Society, 34, 65-69.
Gordon, R.A. (1997). Everyday life as an intelligence test: Effects of intelligence and intelligence context. Intelligence, 24, 203-320.
Gordon, R.A. (1997). How Smart Are We About What We Broadcast: An Open Letter to ABC News. Letter to Roone Arledge, Diane Mendez, Elizabeth Nissan, Bill Blakemore, Albert Oetgen, Peter Jennings, David Westin. June 17, 1997.
Gordon, R.A. (1998). Book review: Intelligence, Political Inequality, and Public Policy By Elliott White. Praeger, 1997. 196 pp. Social Forces, 76, 1552-1555.
Gordon, R.A. (2000). To be congratulated. Academic Questions, 14, 7-11.
Robert Gordon Draws Student Protest at Homewood
By Christine Rowett, 1994
'Professor of hate' shares vision from an academic haven at JHU
By David Folkenflik
Baltimore Sun, Apr 03, 1995 at 12:00 am
Upstream: Interview with Robert Gordon". Retrieved September 9, 2015.
Nice list. Definitely will be reading some of these. Glad they're archived on his site too