Research & Scholarship

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We specialize in the study of social inequality. More specifically, our faculty focus on community and urban sociologyhealth and medicinerace and ethnicity, and gender. We encourage prospective graduate students interested in these issues to join us! Our urban location and proximity to six major hospitals make UC an ideal place to study urban and health issues, and Sociologists for Women in Society have consistently awarded us their seal of approval for gender scholarship.

The intellectual hub of the department is the Kunz Center for Social Research, an endowed center located within and designated to support the research mission of the department. It provides research funding for faculty and graduate students, and provides an intellectual commons for faculty and students across the university with research interests in urban and race, family and gender, and health issues.

  • Danielle Bessett has been named Co-Investigator for the Community Health Program Grant, Center for Clinical & Translational Science & Training (CCTST) examining Contraception Uptake among High Risk Populations: Improving Reproductive Health Services Offered in Public Health Systems (Principal Investigator: Jennifer L. Mooney, Hamilton County Reproductive Health & Wellness Program Director, Cincinnati Health Department) 
  • David Maume received an NSF grant to study how sleep problems affects rates of depression, substance use, and obesity among teenagers.
  • Danielle Bessett has been named Co-Investigator for the Community Health Program Grant, Center for Clinical & Translational Science & Training (CCTST) examining Contraception Uptake among High Risk Populations: Improving Reproductive Health Services Offered in Public Health Systems (Principal Investigator: Jennifer L. Mooney, Hamilton County Reproductive Health & Wellness Program Director, Cincinnati Health Department) 
  • David Maume received an NSF grant to study how sleep problems affects rates of depression, substance use, and obesity among teenagers.

Bates, Littisha A. and Paul D. Anderson. 2014. "Do Expectations Make the Difference? A Look at Educational Expectations and Academic Performance on College Enrollment." Race and Social Problems.

Bommeraju, Aalap, Melody Hou, Megan Kavanaugh, and Danielle Bessett. 2016. "Situating stigma in stratefied reproduction: Abortion stigma and miscarriage stigma as barriers to reproductive healthcare." Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare.

Bommaraju, Aalap, Jennifer Malat, Jennifer Mooney. 2015. "Reproductive Life Plan Counseling and Effective Contraceptive Use among Urban Women Utilizing Title X Services." Women's Health Issues.

Carter, Jennifer, Erynn Masi de Casanova, David J. Maume. 2015. "Gendering Olympians: Olympic Media Guide Profiles of Men and Women Athletes." Sociology of Sport Journal.

Carter, J.A. 2013. Scientific Motherhood. In The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

Malat, Jennifer and Kelli Chapman. 2017. "The Effect of Age and Childhood Social Class on Preference for New Healthcare Practices." Sociological Focus50(2): 1-15. 

Chapman, Kelli. Day Labor. 2014. In Undocumented Immigrants in the United States Today: An Encyclopedia of Their Experiences. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Chapman, Kelli. Domestic Work. 2014. In Undocumented Immigrants in the United States Today: An Encyclopedia of Their Experiences. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Chapman, Kelli. Prostitution. 2014. In Undocumented Immigrants in the United States Today: An Encyclopedia of Their Experiences. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Rick Phillips and Ryan Cragun. 2013. Contemporary Mormon Religiosity and the Legacy of “Gathering.” Nova Religio 16(3):77-94.

Green, Aaryn and Anulla Linders. 2016. "The Impact of Comedy on Racial and Ethnic Discourse." Sociological Inquiry 86(2): 241-269.

Howell, Aaron J. and Jeffrey M. Timberlake. 2014. “Racial and Ethnic Trends in the Suburbanization of Poverty in U.S. Metropolitan Areas, 1980 to 2010.” Journal of Urban Affairs.

Timberlake, Jeffrey M. and Elaina Johns-Wolfe. 2017. "Neighborhood Ethnoracial Composition and Gentrification in Chicago and New York, 1980 to 2010." Urban Affairs Review.

Bessett, Danielle and Stef Murawsky. 2018. "As Seen on TV: Women's Perceptions of Television's Effects on Pregnancy and Birth Knowledge." Sociology of Health & Illness 40(3). 

Purcell, David. 2013. Baseball, Beer, and Bulgari: Examining Cultural Capital and Gender Inequality in a Retail Fashion Corporation. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 47(3):291-319.

David Purcell. 2013. Sociology, Teaching, and Reflective Practice: Using Writing to Improve. Teaching Sociology 41(1):5-19.

Rosino, Michael. 2013. "ABC-X Model of Family Stress and Coping." In Encyclopedia of Family Studies. Wiley-Blackwell. Forthcoming.

Spiker, Russell. 2013. Mental Health and Marital Status. In Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia on Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society. Wiley-Blackwell.

Stooksberry, Jodi N. Cosmetic Surgery. 2014.The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health and Society. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. 

Talukdar, Jaita and Annulla Linders. 2013. "Gender, Class Aspirations, and Emerging Fields of Body Work in Urban India." Qualitative Sociology 36:101-123.

Underhill, Megan. Marital Quality of Adult Children and Parental Influence. 2014.Encyclopedia of Quality of Life Research. 

Two of our PhD students won Dissertation Fellowships for 2014-15 from the Taft Research Center: Ciera Graham, for her study, Black Spaces at White Insitutions: How Do Black Students Perceive and Utilize Black Student Campus Organizations at Predominately White Urban and Rural Insitutions? and Aaryn Green for Color TV: Does Popular Television Programming Simultaneously Promote Colorblindness and Nonwhite Racial Stereotypes and If So, How?

  • Steven Carlton-Ford: voted Chari-Elect of the Peace, War, and Social Conflict Section of the American Sociological Association. 
  • Littisha Bates: named a 2017 Rising Star by the YWCA Academy of Career Women of Achievement and handpicked to receive the Terry Kershaw Social Justice and Legacy Award
  • Erynn Casanova: elected President of the Ecuadorian Studies Section of the LAtin American Studies Association (LASA).
  • Annulla Linders: President of the North Central Sociological Association (2017-2018), Editor of Sociological Focus, and Co-Editor (with Earl Wright II) of Social Problems starting in June 2018
  • David Maume: elected by the Fellows of the Graduate School as one of its Fellows
  • Earl Wright II: Co-Editor (with Annulla Linders) of Social Problems starting in June 2018