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Lynn Smith-Lovin, Robert L. Wilson Professor of Sociology and Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

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

Teaching (Fall 2019):

  • Ethics 89s.02, First-year seminar (top) Synopsis
    West duke 107f, WF 03:05 PM-04:20 PM; White 107, W 04:40 PM-05:55 PM
    (also cross-listed as SOCIOL 89S.03)
  • Sociol 176fs.01, Identity, action, and emotion Synopsis
    East duke 204a, WF 11:45 AM-01:00 PM
Education:

  • Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1978
  • M.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1976
  • BA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1973
  • B.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1972

Research Interests:

I study identity, action and emotional response. 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.

Curriculum Vitae
Recent Publications   (More Publications)
  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.." Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 37:5 (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." Social Psychology Quarterly 79:1 (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.." Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 37:1 (January, 2016): 80-87. [doi]  [abs]
  4. Smith-Lovin, L; Thoits, PA. "Introduction to the special section on the sociology of emotions." Emotion Review 6:3 (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." American Sociological Review 79:3 (January, 2014): 432-456. [doi]  [abs]

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