Rob Freeland

Rob Freeland
Visiting Assistant Professor

B.S. – Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cal Poly Pomona, 1994

M.S. – Sociology, UNC Charlotte, 2007

Ph.D. – Sociology, Duke University, 2014

Telephone: 336-758-5495
Office: 01F Kirby Hall




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 ReviewSocial Psychology QuarterlyNonprofit 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.  



Introduction to Sociology
Quantitative Analysis of Sociological Data
Research Methods 
Social Problems 
Social Stratification: Gender, Race, and Class
Senior Research Seminar
Racial and Ethnic Relations
Changing Contours of Work in the 21st Century
Marriage and Family
Management & Organizational Behavior
Social Movements: Politics and Protest