Ida H. Simpson

Ida H. Simpson

Professor Emeritus of Sociology

External Address: 
275 Soc-Psych, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90088, Durham, NC 27708-0088
(919) 660-5619


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, the interrelations of family and work, and the changing status of children. I have held offices in the American Sociological Association, am past President of the Southern Sociological Society, and was Editor of Contemporary Sociology. I teach in the Twentieth Century America Program. I also teach Childhood in Social Perspective (SOC 117) and The American Family (SOC 150).

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1955

Simpson, Ida H., et al. ““Push, pull constraint, and part-time farming".” Rural Sociology, 2002.

Simpson, Ida H. ““Historical Patterns of Workplace Organization: From Mechanical to Electronic Control and Beyond,”.” Current Sociology, vol. 47, 1999, pp. 47–75.

Wilson, J., et al. “Status Variation on Family Farms: Effects of Crop, Machinery, and Off‐farm Work.” Rural Sociology, vol. 59, no. 1, Jan. 1994, pp. 136–53. Scopus, doi:10.1111/j.1549-0831.1994.tb00526.x. Full Text

Simpson, I. H., et al. “The Contrasting Effects of Social, Organizational, and Economic Variables on Farm Production.” Work and Occupations, vol. 19, no. 3, Jan. 1992, pp. 237–54. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0730888492019003002. Full Text

Simpson, Ida H. ““Biography,”(Part of the Roll of Honor Tribute to Kurt W. Back).” The Southern Sociologist, vol. 20, 1989.

Simpson, I. H. “The sociology of work: Where have the workers gone?.” Social Forces, vol. 67, no. 3, Jan. 1989, pp. 563–81. Scopus, doi:10.1093/sf/67.3.563. Full Text

Simpson, Ida Harper, et al. “Class Identification Processes of Married, Working Men and Women.” American Sociological Review, vol. 53, no. 2, SAGE Publications, Apr. 1988, pp. 284–284. Crossref, doi:10.2307/2095693. Full Text

Wilson, John, et al. “Church Activism among Farm Couples: Measuring the Impact of the Conjugal Unit.” Journal of Marriage and the Family, vol. 49, no. 4, JSTOR, Nov. 1987, pp. 875–875. Crossref, doi:10.2307/351980. Full Text

Simpson, Ida Harper, et al. “Occupational Recruitment, Retention, and Labor Force Cohort Representation.” American Journal of Sociology, vol. 87, no. 6, University of Chicago Press, May 1982, pp. 1287–313. Crossref, doi:10.1086/227594. Full Text