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 ways in which macro-level social inequalities, particularly gender inequality in the workplace and family, have micro-level consequences for men’s and women’s social roles and relationships, identities and emotions as well as mental and physical health over the life course. My scholarship, which has a social psychological orientation, is situated at the intersection of several substantive areas within sociology – including gender, families, emotion, mental health, medical sociology, culture and identity as well as aging and the life course. I am currently involved in several on-going studies: The first study analyzes 12 measures of adult well-being in a national sample of adults in order to assess if there are any benefits associated with parenthood in the U.S. The second study, which is part of a larger National Science Foundation funded project examining cross-national variation in the impact of social relationships on adults’ happiness and health in 22 OECD countries, focuses on whether supportive public policies reduce marital status disparities in well-being. My newest project, which I will conduct during my sabbatical from WFU during the 2016-2017 academic year, will investigate the consequences of intensive parenting for middle-class adults’ stress and health.

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 actively involved in my professional associations and Public Sociology activities: I was Chair of the ASA sections on both Mental Health and Emotion, 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. My research has been covered in numerous media outlets including print, radio and television platforms. In addition to teaching Principles of Sociology, I regularly offer seminars on Health Inequalities, Sociology of Emotion, Social Psychological Perspectives on Social Inequality as well as Gender, Social Relationships, and Well-being over the Life Course.




 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