Robert E. Freeland received a Ph.D. in sociology from Duke University and a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cal Poly Pomona. Dr. Freeland’s research integrates micro-level social psychology and macro-level stratification by exploring how subjective elements of the social world including identity, status, and cultural meaning affect inequalities of race, class, and gender. His approach is rooted in quantitative symbolic interactionism and his current research projects explore the structure of occupational status, how gendered meanings affect the gender wage gap, and how gender composition affects perceived job skill requirements.
His research has been published in such journals as the American Sociological Review, Social Psychology Quarterly, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, and the International Journal of Sociology. His paper titled, “The Structure of Deference: Modeling Occupational Status Using Affect Control Theory,” received the 2019 Outstanding Recent Contribution in Social Psychology Award from the Social Psychology section of the American Sociological Association.
Racial and Ethnic Relations
Marriage and Family