Recent Faculty Research


Peer Reviewed Publications

Barton, M.S., Valasik, M.A., & Brault E. (2021). Disorder or Disadvantage: Investigating the tension between neighborhood social structure and the physical environment on local violence. Criminal Justice Review. 46(2): 134-155

Berkowitz, D., Tinkler, J., Peck, A., & Coto, L. (2021). Tinder: A Game with Gendered Rules and Consequences. Social Currents. doi: 10.1177/23294965211019486

Kroeger, R.A. (2021). Childhood Mental Health and Adult Family Relationships: How ADHD Shapes Experiences with Intimate Unions and Parenthood. Sociology Compass. DOI:10.1111/soc4.12865.

LaRose, J., Torres, J.A., & Barton, M.S. (2021). Changing media framings of school shootings: A case study of the Parkland school shooting. Journal of Mass Violence Research. doi: 10.53076/JMVR11874

Stroope, S., Slack, T., Kroeger, R.A., Keating, K.S., Beedasy, J., Sury, J.B., & Chandler, T. (2021) Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Exposure, Industry Sector, and Child Health. Population Research and Policy Review. DOI:10.1007/s11113-021-09639-6.


Peer Reviewed Publications

Barton M.S., Rizzuto T.E., Valasik M. (2020). Painting a Way Out of a Corner: An Assessment of the Relationship of Public Art with Neighborhood Violence. Journal of Planning Education and Research. doi:10.1177/0739456X20976809

Barton, M.S., Weil, F.D., Valasik, M., Rackin, H., & Coto, L. (2020). What was Washed Away and What Remained: An Assessment of the Influence of Hurricane Katrina on Crime in New Orleans. Journal of Crime and Justice. doi: 10.1080/0735648X.2020.1749712

Barton, M.S., Valasik, M, Brault, E., & Tita, G.E. (2020). “Gentefication" in the Barrio: Examining the Relationship between Gentrification and Homicide in East Los Angeles. Crime & Delinquency. 66(13-14): 1888-1913

Beedasy, J., Samur Zuniga, A., Chandler, T., Slack, T. (2020). Online Community Discourse during the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: An Analysis of Twitter Interactions. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 51, 101870.

Cope, M.R., Parks, V., Jackson, J., & Slack, T. (2020). Community Sentiment following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Disaster: A Test of Time, Systemic Community, and Corrosive Community Models. Journal of Rural Studies. 74: 124-132.

Cope, M.R., Slack, T., Blanchard, T.C., Lee, M.R., Jackson, J. E. (2020). The Louisiana Community Oil Spill Survey (COSS). Data in Brief, 30, 105390.

Drakeford, L., Parks, V., Slack, T., Ramchand, R., Finucane, M., & Lee, M.R., (2020). Oil Spill Disruption and Problem Drinking: Assessing the Impact of Religious Context among Gulf Coast Residents. Population Research and Policy Review, 39: 119-146.

Gibbons, J., Tse-Chuan, Y., Brault, E., & Barton, M.S. (2020). Evaluating Residential Segregation’s Relation to the Clustering of Poor Health across American Cities. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 17(11): 1-18.

Finucane, M., Blum, M., Ramchand, R., Parker, A., Nataraj, S., Clancy, N., Cecchine, G., Chandra, A., Slack, T., Hobor, G., Ferreira, R., Lesen, A., & Bond, C. (2020). Advancing Community Resilience and Practice: Moving from 'Me' to 'We' to '3D'. Journal of Risk Research. 23(1): 1-10.

Keating, K.S., Becker, S., Davis, I., Chandler, T., Slack, T., Beedasy, J. (2020). Families Coping with Financial Loss following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Family Relations, 69, 887-906.

O'Connell, H.A. (2020). Monuments Outlive History: Confederate Monuments, the Legacy of Slavery, and Black-White Inequality. Ethnic and Racial Studies. 43(3): 460-478.

O'Connell, H.A., Curtis, K.J., & DeWaard. (2020). Population Change and the Legacy of Slavery. Social Science Research. 87(3): 1-18.

O'Connell, H.A., & Diaz, C. (2020) Hispanic Migration and Black-White Inequality: Changing Demographics, Changing Social Positions? Spatial Demography. 8(1): 33-61.

Parks, V., Slack,T., Ramchand, R., Drakeford, L.,  Finucane, M., & Lee, M.R. (2020). Fishing Households, Social Support, and Depression after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Rural Sociology 85: 495-518

Shrum, W., Aggrey, J., Campos, A., Pamplona da Costa, J., Joseph, J., Kreimer, P.,  Kroeger, R.A.,.. Traore, A. (2020). Who’s afraid of Ebola? Epidemic fires and locative fears in the Information Age. Social Studies of Science.

Slack, T. & Jensen, L. (2020). The Changing Demography of Rural and Small-Town America. Population Research and Policy Review, 39, 775-784.

Slack, T., Kroeger, R. A., Stroope, S., Keating, K.S., Sury, J., Brooks, J., Chandler, T., & Beedasy, J. 2020. Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Exposure and Child Health: A Longitudinal Analysis. Population & Environment. doi:10.1007/s11111-020-00354-6.

Slack, T., Parks, V.,  Ayer, L., Parker, A.M., Finucane, M.L., & Ramchand, R. (2020). Natech or Natural? An Analysis of Hazard Perceptions, Institutional Trust, and Future-Storm Worry following Hurricane Harvey. Natural Hazards. 102: 1207-1224.

Slack, T., Thiede, B.C., & Jensen, L. (2020). Race, Residence, and Underemployment: Fifty Years in Comparative Perspective, 1968-2017. Rural Sociology. 85: 275-315.

Smiley, K.T. (2020) Metropolitan Manufacturing Decline and Environmental Inequalities in Exposure to Industrial Air Pollution in the United States. Sociological Inquiry, doi: 10.1111/soin.12396

Smiley, K.T. (2020) Social Capital and Industrial Air Pollution in Metropolitan America. The Sociological Quarterly, 61(4), 748-767.

Smiley, K.T. (2020) Social Inequalities in Flooding Inside and Outside of Floodplains during Hurricane Harvey. Environmental Research Letters, 15(9), 1-15.

Smiley, K.T. & Emerson, M. O. (2020) A Spirit of Urban Capitalism: Market Cities, People Cities, and Cultural Justifications. Urban Research & Practice, 13(3), 330-347.

Smiley, K.T. & Hakkenberg, C. R. (2020) Race and Affluence Shape spatio-temporal urbanization trends in Greater Houston, 1997 to 2016. Land Use Policy, 99, 105093.

Smiley, K.T. & Yang, Y. (2020) Urban Europeans’ Viewpoints on Immigrants in their City: Re-considering how group threat operates across national and urban contexts. Social Science Research, 92, 102474.

Stroope, S., Kroeger, R. A., & Fan, J. (2020). Gender Contexts, Dowry, and Women’s Health in India: A Multilevel National Longitudinal Analysis. Journal of Biosocial Science. doi:10.1017/S0021932020000334.

Tumin, D., & Kroeger, R.A. (2020). Private Insurance Coverage in Same-Sex Couples after Obergefell v. Hodges. LGBT Health. 7(5): 264-270.

Book Chapters

Slack, T., Beedasy, J., Chandler, T., Keating, K.S., Sury, J., Brooks, J. (2020). Family Resilience following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Theory and Evidence. In Stout M., Harrist A.W. (Eds.) Building Community and Family Resilience: Research, Policy, and Programs (pp. 31-48). Springer.


Peer Reviewed Publications

Ashihara, K., Kim, H., Kamo, Y., & Sung, S.H. (2019). Do Management Level and Perceived Organizational Support of Maternity Affect Views on Gender Parity and Work Satisfaction? Journal of the Korean Operations Research and Management Science Society 44: 45-64.

Barton, M.S., & Cohen, I.F.A. (2019) Does Gentrification Influence School Status? Social Science Research 80: 230-242

Douds, K., O'Connell, H.A., Bratter, J.L. (2019). The Racial Boundaries of Inequality: How Racial Hierarchies and Identity Shape Whites’ Explanations for Racial Inequality. Du Bois Review. 16(1): 83-106.

Forrest, D.L., Kroeger, R.A., & Stroope, S. (2019). Autism Spectrum Disorder Symptoms and Bullying Victimization Among Children with Autism in the United StatesJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. doi: 10.1007/s10803-019-04282-9

Gibbons, J., Barton, M.S., & Reling, T. (2019) Do Gentrifying Neighborhoods Have Less Community? Evidence from Philadelphia. Urban Studies. doi: 0042098019829331

Jensen, L., Tickamyer, A.R.,  & Slack, T. (2019). Rural-Urban Variation in Informal Work Activities in the United States. Journal of Rural Studies 68: 276-284.

Kroeger, R.A., Umberson, D., Powers, D.A., & Forrest, D.L. (2019). The Effects of Family Transitions on Depressive Symptoms: Differences among Young Adults with and without Childhood Symptoms of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Society and Mental Health. doi: 10.1177/2156869319859402

O'Connell, H.A. (2019). Historical Shadows: The Link between Sundown Towns and Contemporary Racial Inequality. Sociology of Race and Ethnicity. 5(3):311-325.

Weil, F.D., Barton, M.S., Rackin, H., Valasik, M., & Maddox, D. (2019). Collective Resources and Violent Crime Reconsidered: Violence in New Orleans Before and After Hurricane Katrina. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. doi: 10.1177/0886260518822345

Yahirun, J. & Kroeger R.A. (2019). Parent-child Relationships and Interracial First Union Formation in the United States. Advances in Life Course Research. doi: 10.1016/j.alcr.2019.100307

Yuksek, D. A., Dumais, S. A., Kamo, Y. (2019). Trends in the Relative Influence of Education and Income on Highbrow Taste, 1982-2012 Sociological Inquiry 89: 508-531

 Book Chapters

 Kroeger R.A. & Powers D.A. (2019) Examining Same-Sex Couples Using Dyadic Data Methods. In: Schoen R. (eds) Analytical Family Demography. The Springer Series on Demographic Methods and Population Analysis, vol 47. Springer, Cham


Peer Reviewed Publications

Baker, J.O., Stroope, S., & Walker, M.H. (2018). Secularity, religiosity, and health: Physical and mental health differences between atheists, agnostics, and nonaffiliated theists compared to religiously affiliated individuals. Social Science Research. doi: 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2018.07.003

Clark, J., & Stroope, S. (2018). Intergenerational social mobility and religious ecology: Disaggregating the conservative Protestant bloc. Social Science Research. 70: 242–253.

Clifton, S., Torres, J. & Hawdon, J. (2018). Whatever Gets You Through the Night: Officer Coping Strategies After the High-Profile Line of Duty Deaths in Dallas and Baton Rouge. American Journal of Criminal Justice. 43(4): 871-885.

Cope, M. R., Lee, M.R., Slack, T., Blanchard, T.C., Carney, J., Lipschitz, F., & Gikas, L. (2018). Geographically distant social networks elevate preparedness for coastal environmental threats. Population and Environment. 39: 277-296

Curtis, K.J., Lee, J., O’Connell, H.A., & Zhu, J. (2018). The Spatial Distribution of Poverty and the Long Reach of the Industrial Makeup of Places: New Evidence on Spatial Temporal Regimes. Rural Sociology. doi: 10.1111/ruso.12216

Donnelly, R., Umberson, D.J., & Kroeger, R.A. (2018). Childhood Adversity, Daily Stress, and Marital Strain in Same-Sex and Different-Sex Marriages. Journal of Family Issues. 39 (7): 2085-2106.

Gibbons, J., Barton, M.S. & Brault, E.E. (2018). Evaluating Gentrification's Effects on Neighborhood and City Health. PLOS ONE. 13(11): e0207432.

Hori, M & Kamo, Y. (2018). Do Gender Differences Still Exist? The Effects of Gender Equality and Social Statuses on Happiness in a Cross-National Perspective. International Journal of Contemporary Sociology. 55: 7-32.

Hori, M & Kamo, Y. (2018). Gender Differences in Happiness: The Effects of Marriage, Social Roles, and Social Support in East Asia. Applied Research in Quality of Life 13(4): 839-857.

Kim, H. & Kamo, Y. (2018). Women’s Socioeconomic Characteristics and Marriage Intention in Korea. International Journal of Contemporary Sociology. 55: 33-56.

Kroeger, R.A. (2018). Parental Happiness and Strain among Young Adult Parents Diagnosed with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Chronic Illness. 14 (1): 69–75.

Kroeger, R.A., & Frank, R. (2018). Race-Ethnicity, Union Status, and Change in Body Mass Index among Young Adults. Journal of Marriage and Family. 80 (2): 444-462.

Lin, Y, Kamo, Y. & Slack, T. (2018). Is It the Government’s Responsibility to Reduce Income Inequality? An Age-Period-Cohort Analysis of Public Opinion Toward Redistributive Policy in the United States, 1978 to 2016. Sociological Spectrum.

Martinez, B.C., Tom, J.C., Ferguson, T.W., Andercheck, B., & Stroope, S. (2018). Parenting Practices and Attitudes and the Role of Belief in Supernatural Evil: Results From a National US Survey. Journal of Family Issues. 39(6): 1616–1638.

Onda, M. & Kamo, Y. (2018). Labor Market in the United States. Japanese Journal of Labor Research 693: 11-19

O'Connell, H.A. (2018). Linking Racial Composition, Black-White Inequality, and Regional Difference: The Role of Migration. The Sociological Quarterly. 59(1): 128-144

O'Connell, H.A. & Raker, E.J. (2018). Converging or Diverging? How Shifting Ethnoracial Composition Shapes the Urban-Suburban Distinction in Attitudes towards Immigrants in Houston, 1994-2016. Sociological Perspectives. 61(4): 573-591

Parks, V., Drakeford, L., Cope, M.R., & Slack, T. (2018). Disruption of routine behaviors following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Society and Natural Resources. 3: 277-290.

Reid, S.E. & Valasik, M. (2018). CTRL+ALT-RIGHT: Reinterpreting our Knowledge of White Supremacy Groups through the Lens of Street Gangs. Journal of Youth Studies. 21(10): 1305-1325.

Reling, T.T., Barton, M.S., Becker, S., & Valasik, M. (2018). Rape Myths and Hookup Culture: An Examination of Collegiate Perceptions. Sex Roles. 78(7): 501-514.

Reling, T. T., Becker, S., Drakeford, L. & Valasik, M. (2018). Exploring the Influence of Hookup Culture on Female and Male Rape Myths. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. doi: 10.1177/0886260518801021

Stroope, S., & Baker, J.O. (2018). Whose Moral Community? Religiosity, Secularity, and Self-rated Health across Communal Religious Contexts. Journal of Health and Social Behavior. 59(2): 185–199.

Stroope, S., Rackin, H.M., Stroope, J.L., & Uecker, J.E. (2018). Breastfeeding and the Role of Maternal Religion: Results from a National Prospective Cohort Study. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 52(4): 319–330.

Thiede, B.C., Lichter, D. T., & Slack, T. (2018.) Working, but Poor: The good life in rural America? Journal of Rural Studies. 59: 183-193

Tinkler, J., Becker, S., & Clayton, K. (2018). Kind of Natural, Kind of Wrong”: Young People’s Accounts of the Morality, Legality, and Normalcy of Sexual Aggression in Public Drinking Spaces. Law and Social Inquiry. 43(1): 28-57

Weil, F.D., Rackin, H.M., & Maddox, D. (2018) Collective resources in the repopulation of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Natural Hazards. doi: 10.1007/s11069-018-3432-7

Book Reviews

Lee, M.R. (2018). Big House on the Prairie: Rise of the Rural Ghetto and Prison Proliferation by John M. Eason. American Journal of Sociology. 124(1): 227-229.