Janice M. McCabe

Associate Professor of Sociology
Affiliated with Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

I teach courses about gender, youth, education, social problems, and research methods. My recent book (The University of Chicago Press), Connecting in College: How Friendship Networks Matter for Academic and Social Success, explores how undergraduates' friendships help and hinder their success during and after college. Through my research, I investigate how gender, race/ethnicity, class, and sexuality operate as social identities and how they shape social networks.

Curriculum Vitae
103 Silsby
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Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
B.A. Tulane University
M.A. Indiana University
Ph.D. Indiana University

Selected Publications

Janice McCabe. 2016. Connecting in College: How Friendship Networks Matter for Academic and Social Success. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

Janice McCabe and Brandon A. Jackson. 2016. "Pathways to Financing College: Race and Class in Students’ Narratives of Paying for School." Social Currents 3(4): 367-385. doi:10.1177/2329496516636404 http://scu.sagepub.com/content/3/4/367?etoc

Janice McCabe. 2016. “Friends With Academic Benefits.” Contexts 15(3):22-29. http://ctx.sagepub.com/content/15/3/22?etoc

Amanda Koontz Anthony and Janice McCabe. 2015. “Friendship Talk as Identity Work: Defining the Self through Friend Relationships.” Symbolic Interaction 38(1):64-82.  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/symb.138/abstract

Janice McCabe. 2015. “‘That’s What Makes Our Friendships Stronger’: Supportive Friendships Based on Racial Solidarity and Racial Diversity.” Pp. 64-79 in College Students’ Experiences of Power and Marginality: Sharing Spaces and Negotiating Differences, edited by Elizabeth M. Lee and Chaise LaDousa. New York: Routledge. http://www.taylorandfrancis.com/books/details/9781138785557/

Janice McCabe.  2013. “Making Theory Relevant: The Gender Attitude and Belief Inventory.”  Teaching Sociology 41(3):282-293. doi: 10.1177/0092055X13480153.  http://tso.sagepub.com/content/41/3/282

Supplemental information available at: http://janicemccabe.net/gabi/

Janice McCabe, Amanda E. Tanner, Jack K. Martin, J. Scott Long, and Julia R. Heiman. 2013. “Methodological Innovations and Challenges in the Kinsey Institute National Survey Pilot Project.” International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches 7(2):178-188.

Koji Ueno, Eric R. Wright, Matthew Gayman, and Janice McCabe. 2012. “Segregation in Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Youth’s Personal Networks: Testing Structural Constraint, Choice Homophily, and Compartmentalization Hypotheses.” Social Forces 90(3):971-991. http://sf.oxfordjournals.org/content/90/3/971.abstract

Christian Vaccaro, Douglas Schrock, and Janice McCabe. 2011. “Managing Emotional Manhood: Fighting and Fostering Fear in Mixed Martial Arts.” Social Psychology Quarterly 74(4):414-437. http://spq.sagepub.com/content/74/4/414.abstract

Janice McCabe. 2011. “Doing Multiculturalism: An Interactionist Analysis of the Practices of a Multicultural Sorority.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 40(5):521-549. http://jce.sagepub.com/content/40/5/521.abstract

Janice McCabe, Emily Fairchild, Liz Grauerholz, Bernice Pescosolido, and Daniel Tope. 2011. “Gender in Twentieth-Century Children’s Books: Patterns of Disparity in Titles and Central Characters.” Gender and Society 25(2):197-226. gas.sagepub.com/content/25/2/197

Janice McCabe. 2009. “Racial and Gender Microaggressions on a Predominantly-White Campus: Experiences of Black, Latina/o and White Undergraduates.” Race, Gender and Class16(1):133-151.

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Speaking Engagements

“Friends with Academic Benefits: Tight-Knitters, Compartmentalizers, and Samplers.”

- University of Pennsylvania, Education & Inequality Seminar, January 2017

- Temple University, Department of Sociology, January 2017

“Friends and Microaggressions: How Friendship Networks Support Students.” Davidson College, October 2014, Davidson, North Carolina.

"Friendship Talk as Identity Work: Defining the Self through Friends." With Amanda Koontz Anthony. The annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, August 2014, San Francisco, California.


 "Community in Student Friendships: Tight-knitters, Compartmentalizers, and Samplers." Part of OPAL and Student Assembly’s “Week in Community,” October 2013, Dartmouth College.

"Campus Involvement, Social Capital, and the Racial Wage Gap for Graduates of Predominantly-White Universities."  With Courtney Twitty. The annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, August 2013, New York City.


Keynote Speaker, Bowling Green State University Women’s Studies Research Symposium, March 2011, Bowling Green, Ohio.

Selected Works and Activities

Selected media coverage of my research:


NPR: How College Friendships May Affect Academic Success

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Friendships and Their Influence on Academic Success

Quartz: The Sociological Argument for Breaking Up With Bad Friends

NBC News: These Are the Types of Friendships That Exist - And How They Impact GPA

Inside Higher Ed: Friends With (Academic) Benefits

NY Mag: Here Are The Three Types of Friendship Networks

Quartz: An Ivy League Professor Says There Are Only Three Types of Friendships We Make

Mental Floss: Most People's Friendships Fall Into One of Three Categories


Teaching Sociology podcast: : http://tso.sagepub.com/content/41/3/282/suppl/DC1


New York Times: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/05/new-study-finds-gender-bias-in-childrens-books/?_r=0

The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/may/06/gender-imbalance-children-s-literature

Live Science: http://www.livescience.com/14078-males-dominate-childrens-books.html

Fox News: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/05/06/study-suggests-winnie-pooh-isnt-gender-equal-does-matter/

San Francisco Chronicle: http://blog.sfgate.com/mmagowan/2011/05/16/new-study-reports-huge-gender-imbalance-in-kidlit/


The Chronicle of Higher Education: To Stop Grade Inflation, Just Stop Inflating Grades

Other Interviews:

Credit Suisse 2014 Youth Barometer: https://www.credit-suisse.com/us/en/about-us/corporate-responsibility/news/barometer/youth-barometer.article.html/article/pwp/news-and-expertise/2014/10/en/it-is-not-easy-to-escape.html