Mike Hout taught courses on inequality, data analysis, and population. In his research, he uses demographic methods to study social change in inequality, religion, and politics. In 2006 he coauthored, with Claude Fischer, Century of Difference, a book on 20th-century social and cultural trends in the U.S., which exemplifies this approach, as does another book, The Truth about Conservative Christians, with Andrew Greeley. Hout was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1997, the National Academy of Sciences in 2003, and the American Philosophical Society in 2006. He chaired the demography department, the Graduate Group in Sociology & Demography, and the Berkeley Population Center. Hout received his bachelor's degree in history and sociology from the University of Pittsburgh and his masters and doctorate degrees, in sociology, from Indiana University. He taught at the University of Arizona before coming to UC Berkeley in 1985.