Lynn Smith-Lovin

Robert L. Wilson Professor of Sociology in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences

External Address: 
348A Soc/psych Bldg, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90088, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708-0088
Phone: 
(919) 660-5786

Overview

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 to people, then seeing how they respond behaviorally or emotionally. I observe small task group interactions to see how identities influence conversational behavior. My survey work often focuses on gender and other social positions that influence the groups and networks in which people are imbedded. My simulations studies involve affect control theory, a mathematical model of how identities, actions and emotions affect one another. Now, I’m putting affect control theory together with McPherson’s ecological theory of affiliation to show how social systems, identities, and emotional experience are connected.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1978

  • M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1976

  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1972

Computational Models of Cultural Meaning & Social Interaction awarded by University of Georgia (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2019

Interpreting Events in Arabic Cultures: International Data Collection and Simulation Analyses awarded by Office of Naval Research (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2015

Behavior And Physiology In Aging awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 1999 to 2015

Doctoral Dissertation Research: The Effect of Stereotype Threat on Test-Taking Performance Among Adults awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2010 to 2013

Preventing Blood and Body Fluid Exposures during Surgical Procedures. awarded by National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (Mentor). 2009 to 2013

Collaborative Research Examining Emotional Reactions to Favorable Violations of Referential versus Equity Standards of J awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2010 to 2012

Doctoral Dissertation Research: Social Influence and Affect Control awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2010 to 2012

REU: Supplement Collaborative Research: Examining the Relationship Between Identity, Injustice and Emotion awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2006 to 2009

Collaborative Research Examining the Relationship Between Identity, Injustice and Emotion awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2005 to 2007

DHB: Niches and Networks: Studying the Coevolution of Voluntary Groups and Social Networks awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2005 to 2007

Pages

Wisecup, AK, McPherson, M, and Smith-Lovin, L. Recognition of Gender Identity and Task Performance. December 1, 2005. Full Text

Smith-Lovin, L, and Heise, DR. Analyzing Social Interaction: Research Advances in Affect Control Theory. Gordon and Breach, January 1988.

Smith-Lovin, L, Foy, S, Freeland, R, Miles, A, and Rogers, KB. ""Emotion and affect in the social psychology of inequality."." Social Psychology of Inequality. Ed. E Lawler, J McLeod, and M Schwalbe. Springer, 2013.

Rogers, KB, and Smith-Lovin, L. "Action, Interaction, and Groups." The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Sociology. February 2, 2012. 119-138. Full Text

Smith-Lovin, L. "Commentary." Social Structure and Emotion. December 1, 2008. 13-19. Full Text

Smith-Lovin, L. ""Status, power and emotion: Commentary"." Social Structure and Emotion. Ed. J Clay-Warner and DT Robinson. Academic Press, 2008. 13-20.

Smith-Lovin, L. ""To thine own self be true? Social structural sources of self, situated identity and emotion."." Within the Social World: Essays in Social Psychology. Ed. J Chin and J Cardell. Allyn & Bacon/Longman, 2008.

Smith-Lovin, L, Smith, JA, and McPherson, M. ""Social Isolation"." Encyclopedia of Human Relationships. Ed. H Reis and S Sprecher. 2008.

Smith-Lovin, L, and Brody, CJ. "Interruptions in Group Discussions: The Effects of Gender and Group Composition." Interviewing II. Ed. N Fielding. Sage, 2008.

Smith-Lovin, L, and Robinson, DT. ""Affect Control Theory"." Contemporary Social Psychological Theories. Ed. PJ Burke. Stanford CA: Stanford University Press, 2006. 137-64.

McPherson, M, and Smith-Lovin, L. "Social Networks." Youth Activism: An International Encyclopedia. Ed. LR Sherrod. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006.

Smith-Lovin, L, Robinson, DT, and Wisecup, A. ""Affect Control Theory"." Handbook of the Sociology of Emotions. Ed. JE Stets and JH Turner. Springer, 2006. 179-202.

Pages

Myers, DJ, Lipscomb, HJ, Epling, C, Hunt, D, Richardson, W, Smith-Lovin, L, and Dement, JM. "Surgical Team Stability and Risk of Sharps-Related Blood and Body Fluid Exposures During Surgical Procedures." Infection control and hospital epidemiology 37.5 (May 2016): 512-518. Full Text

Clay-Warner, J, Robinson, DT, Smith-Lovin, L, Rogers, KB, and James, KR. "Justice Standard Determines Emotional Responses to Over-Reward." Social Psychology Quarterly 79.1 (March 2016): 44-67. Full Text

Myers, DJ, Lipscomb, HJ, Epling, C, Hunt, D, Richardson, W, Smith-Lovin, L, and Dement, JM. "Surgical Procedure Characteristics and Risk of Sharps-Related Blood and Body Fluid Exposure." Infection control and hospital epidemiology 37.1 (January 2016): 80-87. Full Text Open Access Copy

Smith-Lovin, L, and Thoits, PA. "Introduction to the Special Section on the Sociology of Emotions." Emotion Review 6.3 (July 2014): 187-188. Full Text

Smith, JA, McPherson, M, and Smith-Lovin, L. "Social Distance in the United States." American Sociological Review 79.3 (June 2014): 432-456. Full Text

Smith-Lovin, L, and Thoits, P. ""Culture, social structure and emotion in the sociology of emotion"." Emotion Review (2013). (Academic Article)

Smith-Lovin, L, Smith, JA, and McPherson, M. ""Social distance in the United States: Homophily on Race, Sex, Age, Education and Religion, 1985-2004"." American Sociological Review (2013). (Academic Article)

Smith-Lovin, L, and Rogers, KB. ""Answering the call for a sociological contribution to a multilevel social construction of emotion"." Emotion Review 4 (2012): 1-20. (Academic Article)

Smith-Lovin, L, and Winkielman, P. "The Social Psychologies of Emotion: A Bridge That Is Not Too Far." SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY QUARTERLY 73.4 (December 2010): 327-332. Full Text

Pages

Reynolds, WN, Salter, WJ, Farber, RM, Corley, C, Dowling, CP, Beeman, WO, Smith-Lovin, L, and Choi, JN. "Sociolect-based community detection." IEEE, 2013. Full Text

Smith-Lovin, L, and Moskovitz, C. "A Very Short Guide to Writing in Sociology." (2013).

Smith-Lovin, L. "Podcast." Thomson Reuters "Sciencewatch" (2010).

Smith-Lovin, L. "Podcast." Thomson Reuters "Sciencewatch" (2010).

Smith-Lovin, L, Clay-Warner, J, and Robinson, DT. "Emotional Reactions to Over-Reward." Social Psychology Quarterly (2010).

Smith-Lovin, L, and Robinson, DT. "Book manuscript, Identity, Interaction and Emotion." (2010).

Smith-Lovin, L, and Brody, CJ. "Interruptions in Group Discussions: The Effects of Gender and Group Composition." Ed. N Fielding. (2008).

Smith-Lovin, L. "“Introduction: David R. Heise, Cooley-Mead Award Winner.”." Social Psychology Quarterly 62 (1999): 1-3.

Smith-Lovin, L. ""Introduction: Joseph Berger, Cooley-Mead Award Winner."." Social Psychology Quarterly 55 (1992): 1-4.