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, shape 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 has a social psychological or micro-orientation and is situated at the intersection of several substantive areas within sociology, including gender, families, emotion, mental health, medical, culture as well as aging and the life course.  I am presently involved in three 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 and other social status differences in a sense of purpose in life, self-conception, coping resources as well as both mental and physical health over the adult life course. The third project focuses on parental and other social status variations in attitudes about, and support for, public policies that would assist parents and children in the United States.

Over the years, I have received six national awards for my scholarship from the American Sociological Association and the Society for the Study of Social Problems for articles that appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, and Social Psychological Quarterly.  I am Chair-Elect of the American Sociological Association’s section on Mental Health, was Chair of the ASA Emotions section, and served on the editorial boards of the American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Journal of Heath and Social Behavior, Society and Mental Health, and Social Psychology Quarterly. I am an elected member of the Sociological Research Association and the American Sociological Associations’ Council on Social Psychology. In addition to teaching sociology principles, I teach courses 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.




 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