Faculty Research

Below is a selection of our faculty's recent publications, working papers, and ongoing projects. You can see what else our faculty is up to on their individual Faculty Pages.

"The Sociological Argument for Breaking Up with Bad Friends"

When we talk about break ups, most people think of romantic couples. But friendships are some of the most important relationships in our lives—and just as good friends provide support and give life meaning, toxic friendships can make you physically and mentally ill.  Read the full story here.

"What Google and Twitter Can Tell Us About 2016" (Time)

While social-media posts are publicly expressive, engaging in conversation with other users, data from search engines can signal latent attitudes, according to Joe DiGrazia, a Neukom fellow, based in the Sociology Department whose research focuses on computational methodologies in the social sciences. Instead of answering a question from a pollster, entering a search on a site like Google or Bing is honest and immediate — your search history doesn’t lie.  Read the full story here.

"Study: Student Loans Aren't the Biggest Reason Millenials Don't Buy Homes" (VPR)

Recent work by Professor Jason Houle and University of Wisconsin Social Work Professor Lawrence Berger challenges the prevailing notion that student debt is the primary reason young adults delay buying a home.  Read and listen to the story.

Sociology Professor is One of Ten Chosen to Receive Internal Funding for New Research

Urban Multiethnic Neighborhood Stability and Health
Emily Walton, Arts and Sciences, Sociology

A study to understand the social and structural factors affecting residents’ interracial and interethnic relationships in stable, multiethnic neighborhoods and to understand the factors affecting the ability of individuals from different racial and ethnic backgrounds to come together as a cohesive community.

Read the full story from Dartmouth Now.

Rockefeller Center conducts a manuscript review for Janice McCabe

On February 2nd, faculty and staff members from Dartmouth and beyond gathered at the Rockefeller Center to discuss the current research of Janice M. McCabe, an Assistant Professor of Sociology whose area of expertise includes gender, education, and youth studies. With a focus in research that investigates youth culture and social networks, Janice McCabe recently completed a manuscript tentatively titled, "Friends with Academic Benefits: Networks Matter During and After College." Andrew Samwick, Professor of Economics and Director of the Rockefeller Center, facilitated the three-hour discussion, which intended to offer constructive criticism of the manuscript at the pre-publication stage.  Read the full story.

"Can Getting Sick Push You into Foreclosure?" (The Washington Post)

Piles of research link foreclosure to depression, increased emergency room visits and even suicide among people who have lost their homes or are close to it. But just as foreclosures can contribute to health problems, new research shows that health problems can contribute to foreclosure, as well.

Middle-aged adults with chronic conditions that got worse as they grew older are nearly twice as likely to default on their mortgages and 2.6 times as likely to lapse into foreclosure than those whose chronic conditions remained stable, according to a recent study that tracked people as they hit their 40th and 50th birthdays during the foreclosure crisis.

Read the full story, published 1/21/15 by the Washington Post.

"Health Problems Can Lead to Loss of Home" (Reuters)

People who develop a debilitating or chronic illness could be at least twice as likely to default on their homes or risk foreclosure, a recent U.S. study suggests.

Most research on links between financial troubles and illness has focused on poverty or declining income as a cause of poor health, rather than the other way around, the study team notes.

Read the full story, published on January 7, 2015 in ReutersHere is the publication in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

 

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