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Lynn Smith-Lovin, Robert L. Wilson Professor of Sociology and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

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
Web Page:

Office Hours:

Tuesday and Thursday 2-3:30pm

Ph.D.University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill1978
M.A.University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill1976
BAUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill1973
B.A.University of North Carolina at 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. Myers, DJ; Lipscomb, HJ; Epling, C; Hunt, D; Richardson, W; Smith-Lovin, L; Dement, JM "Surgical Team Stability and Risk of Sharps-Related Blood and Body Fluid Exposures During Surgical Procedures.."  May, 2016: 512-518. [doi]  [abs]
  2. Clay-Warner, J; Robinson, DT; Smith-Lovin, L; Rogers, KB; James, KR "Justice Standard Determines Emotional Responses to Over-Reward."  SAGE Publications, March, 2016: 44-67. [doi]  [abs]
  3. Myers, DJ; Lipscomb, HJ; Epling, C; Hunt, D; Richardson, W; Smith-Lovin, L; Dement, JM "Surgical Procedure Characteristics and Risk of Sharps-Related Blood and Body Fluid Exposure.."  January, 2016: 80-87. [doi]  [abs]
  4. Smith-Lovin, L; Thoits, PA "Introduction to the special section on the sociology of emotions."  SAGE Publications, January, 2014: 187-188. [doi]
  5. Smith, JA; McPherson, M; Smith-Lovin, L "Social Distance in the United States: Sex, Race, Religion, Age, and Education Homophily among Confidants, 1985 to 2004."  SAGE Publications, January, 2014: 432-456. [doi]  [abs]

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