Robin W. Simon

Robin Simon

B.A. – University of Massachusetts, Amherst
M.A. – Indiana University, Bloomington
Ph.D. – Indiana University, Bloomington

Telephone: (336) 758-3053
Office: 012 Kirby Hall

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My research examines the various ways in which macro-level social inequalities, particularly gender inequality in the family and workplace, have micro-level consequences by shaping men’s and women’s social roles and relationships, identities and emotions as well as mental and physical health.  My scholarship is situated at the intersection of several substantive areas within sociology – including gender, families, emotion, mental health, medical, culture and identity, social psychology as well as aging and the life course.  I am currently involved in three on-going research projects: The first is a National Science Foundation funded study examining cross-national variation in the impact of parenthood on adults’ happiness and health.  The second study investigates parental status differences in several dimensions of mental and physical health.  The third project focuses on gender and parental status differences in attitudes about which, if any, parent is best served by parental leave as well as who is ultimately responsible for employment leave for parents in the U.S.

Over the years, I have received six national awards for my scholarship from the American Sociological Association (ASA) and the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) for articles that appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, and Social Psychological Quarterly.  I am currently Chair of the ASA section on Mental Health, was Chair of the ASA section on Emotions, am an elected member of the Sociological Research Association, and served on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Journal of Heath and Social Behavior, Society and Mental Health, and Social Psychology Quarterly.  In addition to teaching sociology principles, I regularly offer seminars on the sociology of emotion, social psychological perspectives on social inequality, health inequalities as well as gender, social relationships, and well-being over the life course.  My next research project will utilize data from in-depth interviews in order to understand why parenthood does not improve American adults’ happiness and heath.




 Curriculum Vitae






SOC 151:  Principles of Sociology
SOC 305: Gender in Society
SOC 327: Sociology of Emotion
SOC 335:  Sociology of Health and Illness
SOC 348: Sociology of the Family
SOC 386:  Social Psychological 
Perspectives on Social Inequality
Sociology of Mental Health 

Health Disparities