Robin W. Simon
My research examines the consequences of gender and other social inequalities for men’s and women’s roles and relationships, identities and emotions, and mental and physical health over the life course. My scholarship analyzes the social determinants of emotions and health through a social psychological lens and is situated at the intersection of several substantive areas of sociology – including gender and families, culture and emotions, stress and mental health, and aging and the life course. I am involved in a few new studies that elucidate the importance of social context for adults’ well-being: One study, which is part of a larger collaborative National Science Foundation funded cross-national project of well-being in 22 economically advanced countries, investigates the extent to which supportive social welfare policies reduce marital status disparities in happiness. Another study focuses on gender and other social status variations in American’s attitudes about work-family policies. In a book on the culture of intensive parenting and middle-class mothers’ and fathers’ stress and mental health, I explore the hidden “costs” of intergenerational transmission of socioeconomic status advantage for parents in the U.S.
I have received several awards for my scholarship – including the 2018 Award for Lifetime Contributions to the Understanding of Gender and Society from the Southern Sociological Society as well as seven national awards from the American Sociological Association (ASA) 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. Because my research often debunks deeply held cultural assumptions and beliefs, it has been widely covered in the media. As an active member of my professional associations, I was Chair of the ASA sections on both Emotions and Mental Health, am an elected member of the Sociological Research Association, and served on the editorial boards of numerous journals. Reflecting my research interests in the social determinants of emotions and health, I regularly teach seminars on Health Inequalities, Sociology of Emotions, the Social Psychology of Social Inequality as well as Gender, Social Relationships and Well-Being over the Life Course.
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