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Lynn Smith-Lovin, Robert L. Wilson Professor Distinguished 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
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  • Ph.D. University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill 1978
  • M.A. University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill 1976
  • BA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1973
  • B.A. University of North Carolina - 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. 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]
  2. Wingfield, AH; Hordge-Freeman, E; Smith-Lovin, L. "Does the job matter? Diversity officers and racialized stress." Research in the Sociology of Work 32 (January, 2018): 197-215. [doi]  [abs]
  3. Smith-Lovin, L; Heise, DR. Analyzing social interaction: Advances in affect control theory.  Gordon and Breach, May, 2016: 1-192. (Reprinted from a double special issue of Journal of Mathematical Sociology) [doi]  [abs]
  4. Smith-Lovin, L. "Affect control theory: An assessment." Analyzing Social Interaction: Advances in Affect Control Theory  (May, 2016): 171-192.  [abs]
  5. Smith-Lovin, L. "Impressions from events." Analyzing Social Interaction: Advances in Affect Control Theory  (May, 2016): 35-70.  [abs]

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