Lynn Smith-Lovin

Lynn Smith-Lovin

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

External Address: 
339 Soc/Psych Bldg, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90088, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708-0088
(919) 660-5786


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

McPherson, M, and Smith-Lovin, L. "You Are Who You Know: A Network Perspective on Gender." Theory on Gender/Feminism on Theory. Ed. P England. New York: Aldine, 1993. 223-241.

McPherson, M, and Smith-Lovin, L. "Eliminating Choice: Reply to Folbre." Theory on Gender/Feminism on Theory. Ed. P England. Aldine, 1993.

McPherson, M, and Smith-Lovin, L. "Some Disintegrating Thoughts on Structure and Agency: Reply to Molm." Theory on Gender/Feminism on Theory. Ed. P England. Aldine, 1993.

Douglas, WT, and Smith-Lovin, L. "An affect control analysis of two religious subcultures." Social Perspectives on Emotion. Ed. D Franks and V Gecas. New York: JAI Press, 1992. 217-247.

Smith-Lovin, L. ""An Affect Control View of Cognition and Emotion."." Self and Society: A Social Cognition Approach. Ed. J Howard and P Callero. Cambridge University Press, 1992. 143-69.

Robinson, D, and Smith-Lovin, L. "Gender and Conversational Dynamics." Gender and Interaction. Ed. C Ridgeway. Springer-Verlag, 1992. 122-56.

Smith-Lovin, L. ""Emotion as Confirmation and Disconfirmation of Identity: An Affect Control Model."." Research Agendas in Emotions. Ed. TD Kemper. New York: SUNY Press, 1990. 238-270.

Robinson, D, and Smith-Lovin, L. "The Timing of Interruptions in Group Discussions." Advances in Group Processes. Ed. EJ Lawler, C Ridgeway, H Walker, and B Markovsky. JAI Press, 1990. 45-74.

Heise, DR, and Smith-Lovin, L. "A Structural Equation Model of Impression Formation." Multivariate Methods in the Social Sciences. Ed. CIN Hirschberg and L Humphries. New York: L. Erlbaum, 1982.

Bishop, ME, and Smith-Lovin, L. "The Young Moderns: Correlates of Communication Behavior among Appalachian (U.S.) College Students." Der Anteil Der Massenmediem Bei Der Herausbildung Des Besussteinss In Der Sich Wanderlunden Welt. Leipzig, D.D.R.: Karl Marx Universtat, 1974. 215-24.


Okamoto, DG, Rashotte, LS, and Smith-Lovin, L. "Measuring Interruption: Syntactic and Contextual Methods of Coding Conversation." Social Psychology Quarterly 65.1 (March 2002): 38-38. Full Text

Okamoto, DG, Rashotte, L, and Smith-Lovin, L. "Measuring interruptions: Structural versus contextual approaches." Social Psychology Quarterly 65 (January 2002): 38-55.

Okamoto, DG, and Smith-Lovin, L. "Changing the Subject: Gender, Status, and the Dynamics of Topic Change." American Sociological Review 66.6 (December 2001): 852-852. Full Text

Robinson, DT, and Smith-Lovin, L. "Getting A Laugh: Gender, Status, and Humor in Task Discussions." Social Forces 80.1 (September 1, 2001): 123-158. Full Text

Robinson, D, and Smith-Lovin, L. "Getting a Laugh: A Look at Humor in Task Group Discussions." Social Forces 80 (September 2001): 123-58.

McPherson, M, Smith-Lovin, L, and Cook, JM. "Birds of a Feather: Homophily in Social Networks." Annual Review of Sociology 27.1 (August 2001): 415-444. Full Text

Tsoudis, O, and Smith-Lovin, L. "Defining the Situation: Emotional Display and Construals about Crime." Sociological Spectrum 21 (January 2001).

Smith-Lovin, L. "“Role-identities, action and emotion: parallel processing and the production of mixed emotions”." Ed. Y Kashima, M Foddy, and M Platow. Self and Identity: Personal, Social, and Symbolic (January 2001): 125-144.

Smith-Lovin, L. "Simplicity, Uncertainty, and the Power of Generative Theories." Contemporary Sociology 29.2 (March 2000): 300-300. Full Text