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Lynn Smith-Lovin, Robert L. Wilson Professor Distinguished of Sociology

Lynn Smith-Lovin
Contact Info:
Office Location:  339 Soc/Psych Bldg, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-5786
Email Address:   send me a message
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Teaching (Spring 2023):

  • Sociol 490s-1.01, Research seminar (top) Synopsis
    Old chem 003, WF 12:00 PM-01:15 PM
  • Sociol 770s.01, Prosem social psy (top) Synopsis
    Reuben-coo 329, Th 01:45 PM-04:15 PM
Office Hours:

Tuesday and Thursday 2-3:30pm

Ph.D.University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill1978
M.A.University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill1976
BAUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill1973
B.A.University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill1972
Research Interests:

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.

Areas of Interest:

Social Psychology,
Group Processes

Curriculum Vitae
Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Kate Parkinson
  • Steven Foy (co-chair of committee)
  • Kim Rogers (chair of committee)
  • Helen Wu
  • Mark Walden
  • Katrina Jongman-Sereno
  • Brent Curdy
  • Jon Morgan
  • Molly S. Weeks
  • Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman
  • Allison Wisecup (chair of committee)
  • Molly Stroud Weeks
  • Jennifer Guadagno
  • Eugenia Wu
  • Kimberly Rogers
  • Gerald W. Mollenhorst
  • Lijun Song
  • Tif Guidry
  • Joonmo Son
  • Katelin Isaacs
  • Stephen Nelson
  • Jess Sauter
Postdocs Mentored

  • Brandon Berry (Aging Center Postdoc, 2012-13)
Recent Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. Kroska, A; Powell, B; Rogers, KB; Smith-Lovin, L "Affect Control Theories: A Double Special Issue in Honor of David R. Heise."  January, 2023: 3-11. [doi]  [abs]
  2. Quinn, JM; Freeland, RE; Rogers, KB; Hoey, J; Smith-Lovin, L "How Cultural Meanings of Occupations in the U.S. Changed During the Covid-19 Pandemic.."  January, 2023: 125-147. [doi]  [abs]
  3. Kroska, A; Heise, DR; Smith-Lovin, L "Introduction of Neil J. MacKinnon, 2021 Cooley-Mead Award Recipient."  March, 2022: 1-5. [doi]
  4. Maloney, E; Smith-Lovin, L "The emotional implications of occupational deference structures."  January, 2021: 1-21. [doi]  [abs]
  5. Robinson, DT; Smith-Lovin, L; Zhao, J "The role of the other: How interaction partners influence identity maintenance in four cultures." Identity and Symbolic Interaction: Deepening Foundations, Building Bridges. April, 2020: 213-237. [doi]  [abs]

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