Stephen Collesano


Office: R452
Phone: 973-720-4086
Office Hours: Wednesdays by appointment

Department: Sociology
Position: Adjunct Professor

Area Specialization
Research Methods

Stephen Collesano did his undergraduate work at William Paterson University in both sociology and philosophy.  He received his Masters Degree in sociology from Kent State University and his Ph.D. in sociology from American University in Washington D.C.  He is a co-author of the research handbook, Applied Research in Aging (Little Brown).  His focus is research methodology, both qualitative and quantitative.

Professor Collesano spent 38 years managing and doing research in the private sector with three organizations: The American Council of Life Insurance (ACLI), American International Group (AIG), and ACE Group (now Chubb).  During his 25 years with AIG he was the senior officer responsible for worldwide research and information.  His responsibilities included research and development; global risk assessments; commercial data warehouses (big data); customer information centers and corporate ebusiness.  He managed a 250 person staff with offices in NYC, Rio, Sao Paulo, London, Paris, Moscow, Dubai, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei and Tokyo.

During his eight years with the ACLI he was the author of their annual publications Monitoring Attitudes of the Public and Current Social Issues.  While at AIG he taught graduate research courses for six years at NYU in their School of Social Work. 

Professor Collesano is a founding member of The DACKKs Group for Supportive Housing (now part of Vantage Health Systems).  He currently serves as the Chairman of the Advisory and Advancement Board for the College of Business at William Paterson University.