Specializations

Culture

Select Publications

  • Schmutz, Vaughn. 2009. “Social and Symbolic Boundaries in Newspaper Coverage of Music, 1955-2005: Gender and Genre in the US, France, Germany, and the Netherlands.” Poetics 37:298-314.
  • Mickelson, Roslyn. 2003. “Gender, Bourdieu, and the Anomaly of Women’s Achievement Redux.” Sociology of Education 76(4):373-376.

Health Research

Current Projects

  • Study of the mental health consequences of HIV disease, and on the integration of mental health, substance abuse and primary care for HIV positive individuals (Scheid)
  • Examination of workforce transitions for older workers with multiple chronic health conditions (Jason)
  • Study of sex differences in mental health outcomes such as depression as a result of both biological and sociological processes (Hopcroft)
  • Developing two edited volumes:
    1. Handbook for the Study of Mental Health, 3rd Edition (Scheid with Eric Wright).
    2. Public Sector Mental Health: A System in Dissarray (Scheid with James Cook).

Select Publications

  • Jason, Kendra, Dawn Carr, Tiffany Washington, Tandrea Hilliard, and Chivon Mingo. 2015. “Multiple Chronic Conditions, Resilience, and Workforce Transitions in Later Life: A Socio-Ecological Model.” The Gerontologist. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnv101
  • Hopcroft, Rosemary L. and Julie McLaughlin. 2012. “Why is the Sex Gap in Depression Wider in High Gender Equity Countries?” Social Science Research 41(3):501–513.
  • Scheid, Teresa L. and TN Brown, eds. 2010. Handbook for the Sociology of Mental Health. 2nd Ed. Cambridge.
  • Idler, Ellen, Julie McLaughlin, and StanislavKasl. 2009. “Religion and the Quality of Life in the Last Year of Life” Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. 64B(4):528-537.
  • Scheid, Teresa L., Ed. 2008. Mental Health: Major Themes in Health and Social Welfare. 4 Volume Series. London: Routledge Kegan Paul.
  • Hopcroft, Rosemary L. and Dana Burr Bradley. 2007. “The Sex Difference in Depression Across 29 Countries.” Social Forces 85(4):1483-1507.

Mathematical Sociology and Quantitative Methods

Current Projects

  • Markov models of social processes, including population models, social contagion on networks, etc.  (Whitmeyer with Molchanov)
  • Examination of how status behavior could evolve via its capacity to help groups of people overcome social dilemmas (Mark)
  • Examination of how the cultural transmission of behavior can create an evolutionary force toward altruism. (Mark)
  • Experimental methods in social science. (Webster)

Select Publications

  • Hopcroft, Rosemary L. and Joseph M. Whitmeyer. 2010.“A Choice Model of Occupational Status and Fertility.” Journal of Mathematical Sociology 34(4):283 - 300.
  • Molchanov, Stanislav and Joseph M. Whitmeyer. 2010. “Two Markov Models of the Spread of Rumors.” The Journal of Mathematical Sociology 34(3):157-166.
  • Whitmeyer, Joseph M. and Rafael Wittek. 2010. “Inequalities in Network Structures.” Social Science Research 39:152-164.

Organizations, Occupations, and Work

Current Projects

  • Study of individual and organizational predictors of success in the music industry (Schmutz)
  • Comparative study of designers' careers in the US and the Netherlands (Schmutz)
  • Examination of the role of international nongovernmental organizations in development of world heritage (Schmutz)
  • Study of the effects of multiple chronic conditions on workforce transitions of older and marginalized workers (Jason)
  • Study of employment practices and labor relations in foreign-invested firms in China (Cao and Zhao)
  • Study of status inconsistency between product and organization and its implications in market evaluation (Zhao)
  • Examination of the organization and delivery of health care services, with a particular focus on the work of mental health care providers (Scheid).

Select Publications

  • Brody, Charles J., Beth A. Rubin and Dave J. Maume. 2014. “Gender Structure and the Effects of Management Citizenship Behavior.” Social Forces.
  • Kelly, Christopher, Jennifer Craft Morgan, and Kendra Jason. 2013. “Home Care Workers: Interstate Differences in Training Requirements and their Implications for Care.” Journal of Applied Gerontology 32 (7): 804-832.
  • Zhao, Wei. 2013. “Social Networks, Job Search, and Job Earnings in a Transitional Economy: An Institutional Embeddedness Argument.” Research in the Sociology of Work 24:103-124.
  • Zhao, Wei. 2012. “Economic Inequality, Status Perceptions, and Subjective Well-Being in China’s Transitional Economy.” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 30:433–450.
  • Chuang, Emmeline, Kendra Jason, and Jennifer Craft Morgan. 2011. “Implementing Complex Innovations: Factors Influencing Middle Manager Support.” Healthcare Management Review 36:4 369-379.
  • Rubin, B.A. and C.J. Brody. 2011. “Operationalizing Management Citizenship Behavior and Testing its Impact on Employee Commitment, Satisfaction and Mental Health.” Work and Occupations 38:465-499.
  • Cao, Yang and Wei Zhao. 2009. “Localization in the Age of Globalization: Institutional Duality and Labor Management Structures in China’s Foreign-Invested Enterprises.” Research in the Sociology of Work 19:165-201.
  • Scheid, Teresa L. 2008. “Competing Institutional Demands: A Framework for Understanding Mental Health Policy.” Social Theory and Health 6:291-308.

Political Sociology

Current Projects

  • Comparative study of religious movements and civil society in the U.S. and Turkey (Fitzgerald)
  • Study of media coverage of economic inequality in the U.S. and U.K. from 1970-2014 (Fitzgerald)
  • An analysis of the effects of the current global financial crisis on the American middle-class (Fitzgerald)
  • Analyses of drivers of customer intentions and purchasing behavior (Whitmeyer)
  • Study of the impact of unions and parties on poverty and occupational sex segregation (Moller)

Select Publications

  • Fitzgerald, Scott T. 2014. Is Equality the Goal? Challenging Economic Inequality in the US and UK.   Pp. 51-62 in Emmanuelle Avril and Johann Neem, eds., Democracy, Participation and Contestation: Civil Society, Governance and the Future of Liberal Democracy.  Taylor and Francis Press.
  • Leicht, Kevin T. and Scott T. Fitzgerald. 2014. Middle Class Meltdown in America: Causes, Consequences, and Remedies.  Routledge Press.
  • Fitzgerald, Scott T. and Jennifer L. Glass. 2014.  "Conservative Protestants, Normative Pathways, and Adult Attainment,” Pp. 97-118 in Lisa A. Keister and Darren E. Sherkat, Eds. Religion and Inequality: Research and Theory on Religion’s Role in Stratification. Cambridge University Press.
  • Misra, Joya, Stephanie Moller, Eiko Strader, and Elizabeth Wemlinger. 2012. “Family Policies, Employment and Poverty among Partnered and Single Mothers” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 30(1):113-128.
  • Brenner, Saul and Joseph M. Whitmeyer. 2009. Strategy on the United States Supreme Court. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Fitzgerald, Scott T. 2009. “Cooperative Collective Action: Faith-Based Community Development and the State.” Mobilization: The International Quarterly Review of Social Movement Research 14(2):405-422.
  • Moller, Stephanie and Huiping Li. 2009. “Parties, Unions, Policies, and Occupational Segregation in the United states” Social Forces: 87(3):1529-60.

Race and Gender

Current Projects

  • Examination of race and genre classification in popular music (Schmutz)
  • Study of gender differences in revenue streams among American musicians (Schmutz)
  • Study of the effects of multiple chronic conditions on workforce transitions of older and marginalized workers (Jason)
  • Examination of the mentorship experiences and professional development of early-career Black female faculty (Jason)
  • Study of South African Woman with HIV (Aulette)
  • A qualitative analysis of photos taken by the residents of a the township of Khayletishia in South Africa. The research explores the discourse of some of the very poorest members of the global community from their point of view (Aulette)
  • Examination of racial and gender disparities in opportunities to participate in high school extracurricular activities (Stearns).

Select Publications

  • Schmutz, Vaughn and Alison Faupel. 2010. “Gender and Cultural Consecration in Popular Music.” Social Forces 89(2):685-708.
  • Stearns, Elizabeth, Claudia Buchmann, and Kara Bonneau. 2010. “Interracial Friendship Changes in Transition to College: Do Birds of a Feather Flock Together Once They Leave the Nest?” Sociology of Education 82:173-195.
  • Stearns, Elizabeth. 2010. “Long-term Correlates of High School Racial Composition and Race Relations.” Teachers College Record 112(6).
  • Aulette, Judy. 2009. Cape Verdean Women and Globalization: The Politics of Gender, Culture, and Resistance. Palgrave-MacMillan.
  • Southworth, Stephanie and Roslyn A. Mickelson. 2007. "The Interactive Effects of Race, Gender and School Composition on College Track Placement." Social Forces 86(2):497-523.

Social Psychology

Examination of how priming gender stereotypes shapes inequality of influence in mixed-sex groups (Dippong)Current Projects

  • Study of emotional processes related to status and power inequality (Dippong)
  • Exploring how different sources of legitimation affect rule compliance in work groups.
  • Examination of how status differences affect face-to-face interaction and how to overcome undesirable effects of status.
  • Investigation of the development of entitativity and group trust in virtual groups (Walker).
  • Study of the identity processes involved in the volunteer experience(Walker).

Select Publications

  • Walker, Lisa Slattery, Murray Webster, Jr., and Alison J. Bianchi. 2011. “Testing the Spread of Status Value Theory.” Social Science Research. 40:1652–1663.
  • Blanchard, Anita and Lisa Slattery Rashotte. 2010. “The Role of Technology in the Development of Group Trust.” In Trust and Technology in a Ubiquitous Modern Environment, edited by A. Gerbasi and D. Latusek. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Webster, Murray, Jr. and Lisa Slattery Rashotte. 2010. “Behavior, Competence, and Status.” Social Forces 88: 1021-1050.

Funding Sources

  • National Science Foundation
  • Time-Sharing Experiments in the Social Sciences

Social Theory

Current Projects

  • How theories grow and their applications for practical goals (Webster and Whitmeyer)
  • Incorporation of an evolved, biological actor into sociological conceptualizations of the actor (Hopcroft)
  • Examination of how status behavior could evolve via its capacity to help groups of people overcome social dilemmas (Mark)
  • Examination of how the cultural transmission of behavior can create an evolutionary force toward altruism (Mark)

Select Publications

  • Hopcroft, Rosemary L. 2009. “The Evolved Actor in Sociology.” Sociological Theory 27, 4:390-406.
  • Noah Mark, Lynn Smith-Lovin, and Cecilia Ridgeway. 2009. “Why Do Nominal Characteristics Acquire Status Value? A Minimal Explanation for Status Construction.” American Journal of Sociology 115(3): 832-862.
  • Hopcroft, Rosemary L. 2008. “Darwinian Conflict Theory: Alternative Theory or Unifying Paradigm for Sociology?” In The New Evolutionary Science: Human Nature, Social Behavior and Social Change. Edited by Heinz-Jürgen Niedenzu, Tamás Meleghy and Peter Meyer. Colorado: Paradigm Publisher.

Sociology of Education

Current Projects

Finding the Roots: Interactive Influence of Individual, High School, and College Institutional Factors on the Success of Women and Underrepresented Minorities in STEM MajorsCurrent Projects:

    • Funded By the National Science Foundation, $1,290,997
    • Our two-phased study will illuminate the structural and individual factors that contribute to women being less likely to complete a STEM major than men. The first phase of the project uses quantitative data (NC Roots 8-16 dataset) uniquely available to our research team. It links the secondary school experiences of public school students in North Carolina with their educational records in the sixteen campuses of the University of North Carolina system. This phase focuses on the structural opportunities and constraints to mathematics and science learning in middle and high school and their longitudinal impact on post-secondary educational trajectories. The second phase of the study consists of a series of in-depth interviews with women and men who are college seniors. The interviews will probe the core findings from the quantitative phase of the study, illuminating: how female STEM majors navigate social structural constraints and opportunities; how they overcome gender schema that define success in STEM in masculine terms; and how they square their occupational ambitions with prevailing norms regarding the importance of romance and family formation.

Recent Publications:

  • Moller, Stephanie, Neena Banerjee, Elizabeth Stearns, and Roslyn Mickelson. 2014. “Is Academic Engagement the Panacea for Achievement in Mathematics across Racial/Ethnic Groups? Assessing the Role of Teacher Culture.” Social Forces 
  • Moller, Stephanie,Neena Banerjee, Elizabeth Stearns, and Roslyn Mickelson. 2014. “Moving Latino/a Students into STEM Fields: The Role of Teachers and Professional Community in Secondary School.” Journal of Hispanic Higher Education  
  • Mickelson, Roslyn A. 2014 “The Problem of the Color Line in 21st Century Sociology of Education: Researching and Theorizing Demographic Change, Segregation, and School Outcomes” Social Currents (Forthcoming).
  • Mickelson, Roslyn. 2014. "Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. The Past, Present, and Future of (De)segregated Education in Charlotte." Harvard Education Press. (Forthcoming).
  • Stearns, Elizabeth, Neena Banerjee, Stephanie Moller, and Roslyn Mickelson. 2013. “Collective Pedagogical Teacher Culture and Teacher Satisfaction.” Teachers College Record

Stratification


Current Projects

  • Study of income across industries and occupations in the United States (Rubin and Moller)
  • Examination of healthcare supervisors’ role in promoting or blocking low-wage worker mobility (Jason)
  • Study of institutional transformations and organizational changes and their impact on unemployment, income inequality, and housing inequality in urban China (Zhao)
  • Study of work and health under China’s market transition (Cao)
  • An analysis of how switching religious affiliation affects pathways to adulthood among Conservative Protestant Youth (Fitzgerald)
  • An analysis of the effects of the current global financial crisis on the American middle-class (Fitzgerald)

Select Publications

  • Leicht, Kevin T. and Scott T. Fitzgerald. 2014. “The Real Reason 60 is the new 30: Consumer Debt and Income Insecurity in the Late Middle Age”  The Sociological Quarterly 55(2):236-260.
  • Moller, Stephanie and Joya Misra. 2013.  “Inequality“ in Kimberly Morgan and Christopher Howard Oxford Handbook of American Social Policy. Oxford University Press.  
  • Rubin, Beth A. and Charles J. Brody. 2010 "Age differences in the consequences of overwork." Pp.97-114 in John B. Davis (Ed.) Global Social Economy: Development, Work and Policy.
  • Moller, Stephanie, Arthur Alderson and François Nielsen. 2009. “Changing Patterns of Income Inequality in U.S. Counties” American Journal of Sociology 114:1037-1101.
  • Zhao, Wei and Xueguang Zhou. 2008. “Intraorganizational Career Advancement and Voluntary Turnover in a Multinational Bank in Taiwan.” Career Development International 13:402-424.