My research examines various ways that identity and emotion link social structure with individual social action. In much of my work, I import critical interactionist insights into more formal models of group process. Through this research I hope to understand the way that more macro-level social structures are reproduced – and altered – during face-to-face interaction.
Fundamentally, I am interested in the way that individuals create and maintain social identities during interaction. Much of my research involves tests and elaborations of affect control theory. More recently, I have also been developing new techniques for measuring emotion in temporally sensitive, non-reactive, and socially non-intrusive ways.
- Communication, Language
- Culture and Ethnicity
- Emotion, Mood, Affect
- Gender Psychology
- Group Processes
- Interpersonal Processes
- Nonverbal Behavior
- Self and Identity
- Sociology, Social Networks
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- Clay-Warner, J., & Robinson, D. T. (Eds.). (2008). Social structure and emotion. Elsevier. Winner: Outstanding Recent Contribution/Book Award given by the Sociology of Emotion Section of the American Sociological Association.
- Cai, Y., Reeve, J., & Robinson, D. T. (2002). Home schooling and teaching style: Comparing the motivating styles of home school and public school teachers. Journal of Educational Psychology, 94(2), 372-380.
- Feld, S. L., & Robinson, D. T. (1998). Secondary bystander effects on intimate violence: When norms of restraint reduce deterrence. Journal of Social and Personal Relations, 15(2), 277-285.
- Lovaglia, M. J., Youngreen, R., & Robinson, D. T. (2005). Identity maintenance, affect control, and cognitive performance. Advances in Group Processes, 13, 93-113.
- Moore, C. D., & Robinson, D. T. (2006). Selective identity preferences: Choosing from among alternative occupational identities. Advances in Group Processes, 23, 253-281.
- Owens, T. J., Robinson, D. T., & Smith-Lovin, L. (2010). Three faces of identity. Annual Review of Sociology, 36, 477-499.
- Ridgeway, C. L., Boyle, E. H., Kuipers, K. J., & Robinson, D. T. (1998). How do status beliefs develop? The role of resources and interactional experience. American Sociological Review, 63, 331-350.
- Robinson, D. T. (2007). Control theories in sociology. Annual Review of Sociology, 33, 157-174.
- Robinson, D. T., & Balkwell, J. W. (1995). Density, transitivity, and diffuse status in task-oriented groups. Social Psychology Quarterly, 58(4), 241-254.
- Robinson, D. T., Rogalin, C., & Smith-Lovin, L. (2004). Physiological measures for theoretical concepts: Some ideas for linking deflection and emotion to physical responses during interaction. Advances in Group Processes, 21, 77-115.
- Robinson, D. T., & Smith-Lovin, L. (2001). Getting a laugh: Gender, status, and humor in task discussions. Social Forces, 80(1), 123-158.
- Robinson, D. T., & Smith-Lovin, L. (1999). Emotion display as a strategy for identity negotiation. Motivation and Emotion, 23, 73-104.
- Robinson, D. T., & Smith-Lovin, L. (1992). Selective interaction as a strategy for identity maintenance: An affect control model. Social Psychology Quarterly, 55, 12-28.
- Robinson, D. T., Smith-Lovin, L., & Tsoudis, O. (1994). Heinous crime or unfortunate accident? The effects of remorse on responses to mock criminal confessions. Social Forces, 73(1), 175-190.
- Youngreen, R., Conlon, B., Lovaglia, M. J., & Robinson, D. T. (2009). Identity maintenance and cognitive test performance. Social Science Research, 38, 438-446.
- Collective Behavior and Social Movements
- Current Sociological Theory
- Experimental Research in Sociology
- Gender and Interaction
- Group Proceses
- Self, Role, and Identity
- Social Network Analysis
- Social Psychology
Dawn T. Robinson
Department of Sociology
University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602-1611
- Phone: (706) 542-2421
- Fax: (706) 542-4320