Robert L. Wilson Professor of Sociology in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences
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.
Robinson, Dawn. ““Selective interaction as a strategy for identity maintenance: An affect control model.”.” Social Psychology Quarterly, vol. 55, 1992, pp. 12–28.
Brody, Charles J. “"Interruptions in Group Discussions: The Effects of Gender and Group Composition.".” American Sociological Review, vol. 54, 1989, pp. 424–35.
Smith-Lovin, L. “"Affect, Sentiment and Emotion.".” Social Psychology Quarterly, vol. 52, 1989, pp. 5–9.
McPherson, J. M., and L. Smith-Lovin. “Homophily in voluntary organizations: status distance and the composition of face-to-face groups..” American Sociological Review, vol. 52, no. 3, Jan. 1987, pp. 370–79. Scopus, doi:10.2307/2095356. Full Text
McPherson, J. Miller. “"Homophily in Voluntary Organizations.".” American Sociological Review, vol. 52, 1987, pp. 370–79.
Smith-Lovin, L., et al. “Status and participation in six-person groups: A test of skvoretz’s comparative status model.” Social Forces, vol. 64, no. 4, Jan. 1986, pp. 992–1005. Scopus, doi:10.1093/sf/64.4.992. Full Text
McPherson, J. Miller. “"Sex Segregation in Voluntary Associations.".” American Sociological Review, vol. 51, 1986, pp. 61–79.