Chair

    • Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
    • Professor
    • I am trained in class analysis, political sociology, and sociology of development (globalization). However, my work in the last 20 years has been in the area of race. I have published on racial theory, race and methodology, color-blind racism, the idea that race stratification in the USA is becoming Latin America-like, racial grammar, HWCUs, race and ...
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Director of Undergraduate Studies

    • Rebecca L. Bach
    • Associate Professor of the Practice and Director of Undergraduate Studies
    • My major interests in sociology include gender, sexuality, and inequality. My past research has focused on a diverse range of topics associated with gender inequality in work and family roles including an analysis of the structural determinants of gender composition of university and college faculties, a longitudinal examination of educational decision-making and its relationship to ...
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Assistant to Director of Undergraduate Studies

    • Rebecca E Mohr
    • Assistant to Director of Undergraduate Studies and Chair
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Director of Graduate Studies

    • Stephen B Vaisey
    • Associate Professor
    • The main goal of my current research is to understand the varieties, origins, and consequences of different moral worldviews. I want to know where people get their ideas about what a "good life" looks like and what it means to be a "good person" and how these (usually implicit) ideas help shape their strategies of action over time. In recent months, I have also been writing about the promise ...
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Assistant to Director of Graduate Studies

Faculty

Faculty

    • Rebecca L. Bach
    • Associate Professor of the Practice and Director of Undergraduate Studies
    • My major interests in sociology include gender, sexuality, and inequality. My past research has focused on a diverse range of topics associated with gender inequality in work and family roles including an analysis of the structural determinants of gender composition of university and college faculties, a longitudinal examination of educational decision-making and its relationship to ...
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    • Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
    • Professor
    • I am trained in class analysis, political sociology, and sociology of development (globalization). However, my work in the last 20 years has been in the area of race. I have published on racial theory, race and methodology, color-blind racism, the idea that race stratification in the USA is becoming Latin America-like, racial grammar, HWCUs, race and ...
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    • Linda M Burton
    • Dean of Social Sciences and James B. Duke Professor of Sociology
    • My program of research is conceptually grounded in life course, developmental, and ecological perspectives and focuses on three themes concerning the lives of America's poorest urban, small town, and rural families: (1) intergenerational family structures, processes, and role transitions; (2) the meaning of context and place in the daily lives of ...
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    • Mark A. Chaves
    • Professor of Sociology, Religion, and Divinity
    • Professor Chaves specializes in the sociology of religion. Most of his research is on the social organization of religion in the United States. Among other projects, he directs the National Congregations Study (NCS), a wide-ranging survey of a nationally representative sample of religious congregations conducted in 1998, 2006-07, and 2012. NCS results have helped us to better understand many ...
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    • Bai Gao
    • Professor
    • I have two ongoing projects. One is to study how the dollar's key currency status and the U.S. role as the major liquidity supplier in the postwar period have affected U.S. domestic political economy and how such impacts have led to the skyrocketing federal debt, a fiat economy and high unemployment rate. The other is to study how the changing international environments have changed the Chinese perception of geography and ...
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    • Linda K George
    • Professor
    • I received my B.A. and M.A. in sociology from the Miami University of Ohio. My Ph.D. in sociology is from Duke University (1975) and my postdoctoral training, in aging, was performed at Duke University School of Medicine. I am a sociologist interested in social psychology, aging and adult development, medical sociology, and family relationships. I ...
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    • Gary Gereffi
    • Professor
    • Gary Gereffi's major ongoing research projects are: (1) the Jordan Competitiveness Program, with a focus on ICT, clean technology, and health and life sciences, funded by USAID (2013-2017); (2) “A Global Value Chain Analysis of Food Security and Food Staples in the Energy-Exporting Countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region,” ...
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    • Angel Harris
    • Professor of African & African American Studies and Sociology
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    • Kieran J Healy
    • Associate Professor
    • My research interests are in economic sociology, culture, and organizations. I have written several articles and a book about gift and market exchange in human blood and organs. I’ve also published work on the relationship between information technology and culture, wage growth and unemployment in OECD labor markets, and debates about structure and agency ...
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    • Lisa A Keister
    • Gilhuly Family Professor
    • I am an economic sociologist who studies wealth inequality (particularly in the United States) and organizations (particularly in China). Both research agendas explore the emergence of social structure and the subsequent effect of social structure on the behaviors of actors. Some of my recent work has explored the one percent of wealth owners, religion and inequality, immigrant wealth ownership, Chinese American attainment, and business networks in ...
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    • Scott M Lynch
    • MS Statistical Science of Statistical Science and Professor of Sociology
    • My interests are broadly in social epidemiology, the demography of aging, and statistical methods. I study how social and behavioral factors, like race, socioeconomic status, stress, social support, etc. influence health and how they do so differently across the lives of individuals and across time. In this process, I spend a considerable amount of ...
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    • James W. Moody
    • Robert O.Keohane Professor of Sociology
    • James Moody is the Robert O. Keohane professor of sociology at Duke University. He has published extensively in the field of social networks, methods, and social theory. His work has focused theoretically on the network foundations of social cohesion and diffusion, with a particular emphasis on building tools and methods for understanding dynamic ...
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    • Angela M O'Rand
    • Professor
    • My major research interests focus on patterns of inequality across the life span, with a special interest in the temporal diversity of life transitions, their consequences for later life, and the impact of institutions on these transitions over time. Over thirty-three years I have examined workplace policies related to wage and benefit structures and ...
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    • Lynn Smith-Lovin
    • Robert L. Wilson Professor of Sociology
    • I study emotion, identity, and action. I’m interested in the basic question of how identities affect social interaction. I use experimental, observational, survey and simulation methods to describe how identities, actions and emotions are interrelated. The experiments I do usually involve creating social situations where unusual things happen ...
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    • Ken Spenner
    • Professor
    • My current research involves a multi-year panel study of racial and ethnic differences in academic performance. A substantial body of research documents a gap in performance among different groups, yet the reasons why are only partly clear. Our research design follows two cohorts of Duke University undergraduates, the incoming classes of 2001 and ...
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    • Jessi Streib
    • Assistant Professor
    • My research focuses on how social class inequalities are experienced and reproduced through everyday interactions. My book documents how the class individuals grow up in shapes their sensibilities and their marriages. My other work focuses on class in educational settings, specifically how preschoolers' interactions with each other can produce class inequality and how ...
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    • Stephen B Vaisey
    • Associate Professor
    • The main goal of my current research is to understand the varieties, origins, and consequences of different moral worldviews. I want to know where people get their ideas about what a "good life" looks like and what it means to be a "good person" and how these (usually implicit) ideas help shape their strategies of action over time. In recent months, I have also been writing about the promise ...
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    • Tiantian Yang
    • Assistant Professor
    • My work contributes to the fields of entrepreneurship, organizations, economic sociology, social inequality, gender, and historical/comparative sociology by examining how macro-level social conditions affect entrepreneurship, and how entrepreneurship affects social inequality in three complementary projects. First, I examine the institutional and organizational conditions under which entrepreneurs obtain adequate skills and ...
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Secondary Appointment

    • Lee D. Baker
    • Professor, Cultural Anthropology of African & African American Studies and Sociology, and Dean of Academic Affairs of Trinity College
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    • Michaeline A Crichlow
    • Professor of African & African American Studies and Sociology
    • I am interested in projects related to citizenship, nationalism and development mainly in the Atlantic and Pacific regions generally. My current projects are focused on the sorts of claims that populations deemed diasporic make on states, and how this reconfigures their communities and general sociocultural practices. I am also interested in development's impact on social and economic environments, and the way this structures and restructures people's assessments of their spaces for the articulation and pursuit of ...
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    • Jonathon N Cummings
    • Associate Professor of Management and Organizations and Sociology
    • Geographically Dispersed Teams, Scientific Collaboration, Managerial Effectiveness
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    • Matthew E Dupre
    • Associate Professor of Community and Family Medicine and Sociology
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    • Elizabeth Frankenberg
    • Associate Dean for Academic Programs; Professor of Public Policy and Sociology and Associate Professor of Public Policy Studies
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    • Christina M. Gibson-Davis
    • Associate Professor of Public Policy, Sociology, and Assistant Professor of Public Policy Studies, Center for Child and Family Policy and Assistant Professor of Psychology: Social and Health Sciences
    • Research: Causes and consequences of marriage formation for low-income families; health and well-being of low-income families and children
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    • Deborah T. Gold
    • Associate Professor of Medical Sociology and Director of the Human Development Certificate Program
    • Dr. Gold's research focuses on the psychosocial consequences of chronic illness in late life. In particular, she has studies the impact of an exercise and psychosocial intervention on women with osteoporosis living in retirement communities as well as the impact of chronic pain on community-dwelling older women with osteoporosis. She has also looked at issues of ...
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    • Frances S Hasso
    • Associate Professor in Women's Studies, International Comparative Studies, and Sociology; Director, International Comparative Studies Program
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    • Sherman A James
    • Susan B. King Professor of Public Policy and Susan B. King Professor of Public Policy Studies and Professor of Community and Family Medicine; Professor of African and African-American Studies
    • Research: Social determinants of U.S. racial and ethnic health disparities; community-based and public policy interventions to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities
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    • M. Giovanna Merli
    • Associate Professor of Public Policy, Sociology and Global Health and Associate Professor of Public Policy Studies
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    • William M O'Barr
    • Professor of Cultural Anthropology, English and Sociology
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    • Ashleigh S Rosette
    • Associate Professor of Management and Organizations and Sociology
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Visiting Faculty

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    • Martha Reeves
    • Visiting Professor
    • Dr. Reeves received her BA from the University of Montana, her MA from Truman State University, and her Ph.D. in human resources management and industrial relations from the University of Keele, United Kingdom. She has published articles on reward management, virtual teams, and appraisal systems and is the author of Suppressed, Forced Out and Fired (Greenwood Press, 2000), focusing ...
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Faculty Emeriti

    • Kenneth C Land
    • John Franklin Crowell Professor of Demographic Studies and Sociology
    • I received my Ph.D. in sociology and mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1969. After a year of postdoctoral study in mathematical statistics at Columbia University in New York City, I taught there and was a member of the staff of the Russell Sage Foundation for three years. I then was successively a member of the faculties of the ...
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    • Nan Lin
    • Oscar L. Tang Family Professor of Sociology
    • My main research interests are social networks and social capital, the life stress process (especially social support as resources), social stratification and mobility, and Chinese societies.
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    • Miller McPherson
    • Professor Emeritus
    • Most of my research focuses on voluntary groups and the social networks that draw people into and out of them. But my research agenda is more ambitious than that. I think that the general ecological theory of affiliation that I have developed shows how any social entity that spreads through networks behaves. We’ve already applied the theory to ...
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    • Ida H Simpson
    • Professor Emerita
    • I received my B.A. and M.A. in Sociology from the University of Alabama and my Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina in 1955. I taught at William and Mary, Pennsylvania State University, and the University of Illinois, Chicago before joining the Duke Faculty in 1967. My main research interests are occupations and occupational changes, ...
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    • Joel Smith
    • Professor Emeritus
    • My continuing research interest focuses on large-scale social units, their principles of organization and the processes by which they survive. I am particularly interested in the coercive and voluntaristic processes that shape individual conformity to organizational needs and experiences. Much of my current work is devoted to the (NSF supported) Quebec Referendum Study, which is intended to shed light ...
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    • Edward A Tiryakian
    • Professor Emeritus
    • I received my B.A. summa cum laude from Princeton University and my Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University. Prior to my appointment at Duke I taught at both Princeton and Harvard. At Duke I have served as departmental chair and as Director of International Studies (1989-91), in which capacity I was instrumental in internationalizing the university. ...
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    • John Wilson
    • Professor Emeritus
    • I received my PH.D. from the University of Oxford in 1966 and taught for two years at the University of East Anglia in England before joining the sociology department at Duke. I have published books on social movements, religion, leisure, sport and social theory. Currently, I am conducting a number of studies of volunteers, looking at who volunteers, ...
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Affiliated Faculty

    • Gilbert W Merkx
    • Professor Of The Practice
    • I received my A.B. from Harvard University and my M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Yale University. I have been a Fulbright scholar at the Universidad Nacional San Cristó bal de Huamanga in Ayacucho, Perú; a visiting scholar at the Instituto Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires, Argentina; and a visiting scholar at the Latin Amerika Institutet, Stockholms Universität, ...
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    • Suzanne E Shanahan
    • Associate Research Professor and Associate Director of Ethics, Kenan Institute
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    • Zeng Yi
    • Affiliated Faculty and Professor at the Center for Study of Aging and Human Development and Geriatric Division / Dept of Medicine of Medical School, and Institute of Population Research
    • I received my doctoral degree from Brussels Free University in May 1986, and conducted my post-doctoral study at Princeton University, 1986-87. Currently, I am a Professor at Center for Study of Aging and Human Development and Department of Sociology of Duke University, a Professor of Peking University in China, and Distinguished Research Scholar of Max ...
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Lecturers and Instructors

    • Raymond D Garrett-Peters
    • Associate in Research at the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) and Instructor
    • Interactionist Social Psychology Inequality Qualitative Methodology Sociology of Sport.
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    • Carl W Nordgren
    • Instructor
    • Carl's extensive experience in entrepreneurship includes cellular telecommunications, advertising, and marketing. He has helped many young start-up companies and entrepreneurs through mentoring and acting as interim CEO, in addition to founding and running his own companies. Carl has recently started a new consulting practice that claims the ...
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Postdoctoral Fellow

    • Jessica Ho
    • Postdoctoral Fellow
    • I received my Ph.D. in demography and sociology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013. I am currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Sociology and the Population Research Institute at Duke University. My research focuses on the social determinants of health, aging, and mortality, with particular emphasis on explaining differences ...
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    • Joseph Lariscy
    • Postdoctoral Associate
    • Joseph received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013 and is now a NIA Postdoctoral Fellow at the Duke Population Research Institute and Department of Sociology at Duke University. His research examines the joint influence of race/ethnicity/nativity and educational attainment on mortality risk and health behaviors among older ...
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    • Saunjuhi Verma
    • Postdoctoral Associate
    • Nothing is more fundamental to the study of inequality than how value is ascribed to social practice. As such, my program of research is driven by questions about how socio-legal norms, such as immigration and social policies, and socio-economic processes, particularly race and gender as organizing factors, inform the valuation of labor in both urban ...
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Graduate Students

    • Regina S. Baker
    • My broad research areas are poverty and inequality. I am particularly interested in how micro and macro factors help create, maintain, and reproduce systems of inequality. I am also interested in the causes and consequences of poverty for children and families. My dissertation is a multi-level analysis of poverty in the American South. More specifically, I examine the ...
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    • E. Paige Borelli
    • My research focuses on the economic and health stratification outcomes associated with immigration. Additionally, I have published and presented research on the how China's economic transition contributes to social inequality. My dissertation research combines these two interests by asking: how do processes occurring in an immigrants home country, ...
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    • Simon G Brauer
    • My research interests are primarily within the sociology of religion, particularly approaching it from cultural and historical perspectives. The questions I intend on researching include, “How do religious groups form and make meaning?” “How do religious groups operate within the larger civil environment?” “How do religious individuals negotiate their religious and ...
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    • Raphaël Charron-Chénier
    • Raph C. Chénier is a Ph.D. student in the Sociology department at Duke University. His research focuses on consumption and social stratification, with a focus on the contemporary United States. He is currently working on a paper (with Lisa Keister and Joshua Fink) dealing with racial and ethnic differences in access to consumption in the US, and on a paper ...
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    • Trenita Childers
    • My primary interests are medical sociology and race/ethnicity with a specific focus on discrimination and mental health. Accordingly, my dissertation research examines generational differences in mental health among Haitian women living in the Dominican Republic. I will use ethnographic methods to examine how ethnic identity, skin color, and citizenship act as ...
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    • Jessica I. Dawson
    • My areas of interest are focused on stratification and the impact of religion, class and education on outcomes as well as cultural structures that influence individual decisions. I am also interested in how the military shapes individual outcomes and how group dynamics shape individual success or failure with regard to race and gender. I have written for PBS Point of View Regarding War on Women and War as well ...
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    • David Eagle
    • My research is motivated by how religion relates to stratification outcomes and to broader social change. Presently, I am studying religious organizational change; religion, gender and stratification; cross-national patterns of affiliation and participation; immigration’s effects on religiosity; and the role of the media in shaping public discourse ...
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    • Brad R. Fulton
    • Although many nonprofit organizations and voluntary associations aspire to have a diverse social composition, most tend to remain relatively homogeneous. Furthermore, despite the strong emphasis on becoming diverse, diversity’s consequences for organizational performance remain unclear. My research analyzes the causes and consequences of diversity within nonprofits and voluntary associations. I seek ...
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    • Mary Beth Fallin Hunzaker
    • My primary research areas are cognitive cultural sociology and social psychology. Specifically, my research investigates the relationship between cultural schema-based cognition and information transmission, as well as impact of this relationship on cultural stability and change. I explore these issues using a variety of research methods, including ...
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    • Sancha Medwinter
    • My research is an innovative multi-method project using observational and interview data I collected during my fieldwork in disaster relief and warming centers and surrounding devastated areas of two urban neighborhoods that are proximate to each other. Although these neighborhoods are similarly impacted by a natural disaster and receive similar types of aid through a ...
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    • Andrew A. Miles
    • My primary focus is on integrating and improving theories of behavior across academic disciplines. At present I am examining how people's identities interact with one another and with other personal constructs (like attitudes) to influence patterns of behavior. I also study morality, religion, and health.
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    • Jonathan H. Morgan
    • I am interested in modeling emergent multi-level systems and processes. I have modeled dyadic and small team dynamics in high-reliability organizations (Morgan, Morgan, and Ritter 2010). More recently, I have contributed to work examining the effects of memory and environment on the formation and growth of networks (Zhao et al submitted). In addition to some experience with ...
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    • Louise Seamster
    • My dissertation explores the intersection of politics and urban economic development in an ethnography of Benton Harbor, Michigan.  This city was taken over in 2011 by a state-appointed emergency manager and is undergoing significant economic development. I am interested in how issues of governance, inequality, and democracy are playing out in this small ...
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