Kathryn J. Lively

Academic Appointments

Professor of Sociology

I am a Professor (and Past Chair, 2011-15) in the Sociology Department. I served as the inaugural house professor for South House (2015-19) and Dean of the College from 2018-2021. My teaching and research interests are at the nexus of identity, emotion, and culture. As a result, I teach introductory courses in sociological social psychology, emotion, and culture. I am currently involved in two long-term research projects. The first seeks to identify the social psychological and cultural mechanisms that underly significant and sustainable weight loss. The second marries two theories - one from sociological social psychology and the other from psychiatry - to explain how past trauma is able to reframed in ways that support emotional healing and identity transfomation, even among those with complex trauma. I have served on the editorial boards of Journal of Health and Social Behavior and Social Psychology Quarterly and as action editor for Emotion Review. My scholarly work has appeared in such outlets as American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Social Psychology Quarterly, Emotion Review, Work & Occupations, and Symbolic Interaction, among others. 


Blunt Alum Ctr, Room 306C
HB 6104


  • A.A. Tulsa Community College
  • B.A. University of Tulsa
  • M.A. Vanderbilt University
  • Ph.D. Vanderbilt University
  • Post Doctoral Fellow Indiana University - Bloomington

Selected Publications

  • Linda E. Francis, Kathryn J. Lively, Alexandra Konig & Jesse Hoey. 2020. "The Affective Self: Persistence of Self-Sentiments in Late Life Dementia." Social Psychology Quarterly. https://doi.org/10.1177/0190272519883910

  • Matthews, Morgan C. and Kathryn J. Lively. 2017. “Making Volunteer-Based Democracy ‘Work’: Gendered Coping Strategies in a Citizen Legislature.”  Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2378023117705535

  • McLeod, Jane D, Timothy Hallett, and Kathryn J. Lively. 2015. "Beyond Three Faces: Toward an Integrated Social Psychology of Inequality." Advances in Group Processses, 32: 1-29.

  • Lively, Kathryn J. and David R. Heise. 2014. "Emotion in Affect Control Theory." In The Handbook of the Sociology of Emotion, Volume II, edited by J.E. Stets and J.H. Turner. New York: Springer.

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Works In Progress

  • Kathryn J. Lively. "Affective Sentiment Change in an Online Weightloss Community."

  • Kathryn J. Lively. Reframing Trauma One Event At a Time: The Social Psychological Underpinings of Internal Family Systems Therapy.