Research Interests for Lynn Smith-Lovin

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.

Adolescent, Adult, Attitude, Child, Culture, Educational Status, Employment, Family Characteristics, Female, Fertility, Hierarchy, Social, Human ecology, Humans, Marriage, Models, Theoretical, Organizations, Parity, Population, Population Dynamics, Pregnancy, Retrospective Studies, Sex, Social Identification, Social Perception, Social Values, Socioeconomic Factors, Socioeconomic status, United States
Recent 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, American Behavioral Scientist (January, 2022) [doi[abs].
  2. Maloney, E; Smith-Lovin, L, The emotional implications of occupational deference structures, Advances in Group Processes, vol. 38 (January, 2021), pp. 1-21 [doi[abs].
  3. Robinson, DT; Smith-Lovin, L; Zhao, J, The role of the other: How interaction partners influence identity maintenance in four cultures, in Identity and Symbolic Interaction: Deepening Foundations, Building Bridges (April, 2020), pp. 213-237 [doi[abs].
  4. Wingfield, AH; Hordge-Freeman, E; Smith-Lovin, L, Does the job matter? Diversity officers and racialized stress, in Research in the Sociology of Work, vol. 32 (January, 2018), pp. 197-215 [doi[abs].
  5. Smith-Lovin, L; Heise, DR, Analyzing social interaction: Advances in affect control theory (May, 2016), pp. 1-192, Gordon and Breach (Reprinted from a double special issue of Journal of Mathematical Sociology.) [doi[abs].