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.

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.


"The World of States"

New from Bloomsbury Press (April 2015 USA)

"The World of States"

by John L. Campbell & John A. Hall

Globalization has affected the way that the state is seen by the public and academics. Some say that the state has lost it powers, outflanked from above by economic change and from below by the rise of regional and nationalist movements. More common is the view that states have detrimental effects on the development of economies and societies. This book disagrees. With the increasing realization that countries of the underdeveloped world will never advance without the rule of law, sound state institutions, and strong national identities the tenor of debate is now changing. States are still necessary for human progress. What matters is constructing them along the right lines.

"Young Americans More Saddled with Debt" (The Wall Street Journal)

According to new research by Assistant Professor Jason Houle, more than a third of today’s young Americans (age 24 to 28) have more debt than assets, reports The Wall Street Journal. “That’s roughly double the proportion of their peers in the late 1980s and mid-1970s,” notes the newspaper.

Houle examined how the type of debt carried by young Americans has changed since the 1970s. Houle, as assistant professor of sociology, found that today’s young Americans have less home-related debt, but more education debt than previous generations. “As the transition to adulthood has protracted, and the costs of education have risen, young adults have shifted their credit use away from home mortgage debt and towards student loan and consumer debt,” says Houle.

Read the full story, published 9/9/14 by The Wall Street Journal.

$1.2M NSF Award to Study Privacy in the Context of Wearable Cameras

PI Denise Anthony, along with Co-PIs Apu Kapadia and David Crandall at Indiana University, has received a four-year $1.2M collaborative NSF award to study privacy in the context of wearable cameras. The ubiquity of cameras, both traditional and wearable, will soon create a new era of visual sensing applications, raising significant implications for individuals and society, both beneficial and hazardous. This research couples a sociological understanding of privacy with an investigation of technical mechanisms to address these issues.  Read more about this project.

"The National Origins of Policy Ideas"

New from Princeton University Press  (April 2014)

"The National Origins of Policy Ideas
Knowledge Regimes in the United States, France, Germany, and Denmark"

by John L. Campbell & Ove K. Pedersen


In politics, ideas matter. They provide the foundation for economic policymaking that in turn shapes what is possible in domestic and international politics. Yet until now, little attention has been paid to how these ideas are produced and disseminated, and how this process varies between countries. The National Origins of Policy Ideas provides the first comparative analysis of how “knowledge regimes”—communities of policy research organizations like think tanks, political party foundations, ad hoc commissions and state research offices, and the institutions that govern them—generate ideas and communicate them to policymakers.

"Mental Health, Suicide and the Foreclosure Crisis"

Health Policy workshop on "Mental Health Suicide, and the Foreclosure Crisis"
Assistant Professor Jason Houle

April 3, 2014
1930s Room, Rockefeller Center

In 2007, following decades of increasingly risky borrowing practices, defaults in the sub-prime mortgage market resulted in the worst economic collapse in the U.S. since the Great Depression. The massive scope of the foreclosure crisis, as well as its disproportionate impact on vulnerable communities, raises questions about its potential impact on the mental health and well-being of the U.S. population. In this talk I will present research from ongoing work that examines how rising foreclosure rates are associated with population mental health and suicide rates. I will especially focus on variation in the impact of rising foreclosure rates on mental health and suicide by race, socioeconomic status, and age.