Specializations

Culture

Health Research

Mathematical Sociology and Quantitative Methods

Organizations, Occupations, and Work

Political Sociology

Race and Gender

Sociological Social Psychology

Sociology of Education

Stratification

 

Sociology of Culture

Current Projects

Study on how organizational narratives affect career decisions among life scientists (Kronberg)

  • The transnational spread of intangible cultural heritage (Schmutz)

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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)

  • Study on anger in adolescents, examining the conditions under which feelings of anger, turn into expression of anger, and anger related psychiatric disorders i.e. intermittent explosive disorder (ied) and oppositional defiant disorder (odd) (Bennefield)

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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)

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Organizations, Occupations, and Work

Current Projects

  • Study on how organizations’ demographic composition affects men and women’s pathways into leadership (Kronberg) (funding source: German Research Foundation)

  • Study on how organizational narratives affect career decisions among life scientists (Kronberg)

  • Study on the gender dynamics in co-working spaces (Yavorsky)

  • Study on whether unemployment increases the likelihood of men entering female-dominated jobs (Yavorsky)

  • Field experiment on gender-based discrimination during the hiring process for white-collar and working class occupations (Yavorsky)

  • Study of the causes and consequences of work values in urban China (Cao)

  • Study of individual and organizational predictors of success in the music industry (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 organizational practices and changes in China (Zhao)

  • Examination of the organization and delivery of health care services, with a particular focus on the work of mental health care providers (Scheid).

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Political Sociology

Current Projects

  • Study of media coverage of economic inequality in the U.S. and U.K. from 1970-2014 (Fitzgerald)

  • Analyses of drivers of customer intentions and purchasing behavior (Whitmeyer)

  • Study of U.S, states’ policies and income inequality (Moller)

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Race and Gender

Current Projects

  • Study on how organizations’ demographic composition affects men and women’s pathways into leadership (Kronberg) (funding source: German Research Foundation)

  • Field experiment on gender-based discrimination during the hiring process for white-collar and working class occupations (Yavorsky)

  • Examination of divisions of labor between new parents (Yavorsky)

  • Examination of race and genre classification in popular music (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)

  • Examination of racial and gender disparities in opportunities to participate in high school extracurricular activities (Stearns).

  • Study of sex differences in the relationship between status and fertility (Hopcroft)

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Sociological Social Psychology

Current Projects

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

  • 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).

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Funding Sources

  • National Science Foundation

  • Time-Sharing Experiments in the Social Sciences Social Theory

 

Sociology of Education

Current Projects

Recent Publications

 

Stratification

Current Projects

  • Study of gender dynamics of the top one percent income earners in the U.S. (Yavorsky)

  • 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 the effects of the global financial crisis on the American middle-class (Fitzgerald)

  • Income inequality among families in the United States (Moller)

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