Richard Rockwell notes that:
"I have pursued two tracks in my professional life: data archivist and sociologist. My career was punctuated by a thirteen-year stint as a program officer for the Social Science Research Council (New York).
"As a data archivist, I directed the Louis Harris Data Center of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1969-1976), the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan (1991-2000), and the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research of the University of Connecticut (2000-2004).
"My sociological training was in social demography and quantitative methodology. While at SSRC, I developed a research interest in global-scale environmental changes that occur over time spans of decades to centuries. Many of these changes are caused by human actions, and some are having or will have significant effects on human societies." 
In 1989, AEI noted that "Dr. Richard C. Rockwell has agreed to serve on the Board of Directors of the Albert Einstein Institution, beginning this fall. Dr. Rockwell is a staff associate at the Social Science Research Council based in New York City. His staff responsibilities at the SSRC include the Program in International Peace and Security, Global Social Aspects of the AIDS Pandemic, and the Committee for Research on Global Environmental Change. Dr. Rockwell holds a B.A. in zoology and an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. He has taught at Columbia University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill." 
- Former Director, Albert Einstein Institution