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.

How We Work: Five Years Later (NHPR)

Kristin Smith is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Dartmouth, family demographer at the Carsey Institute and Research Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of New Hampshire. Her research interests focus on women's labor force participation and work and family policy.  She contributed to three separate NHPR stories as part of their week-long series, "How we work: five years later."

Workers Vote With Feet, Leave Home-Based Childcare
There's a change underway in New Hampshire daycare. Increasingly childcare centers are opening and family, home-based operations are closing, and some believe the changing demands of the workplace are part of what's driving the shift. Kristin spoke to NHPR about the shift in day care decisions...Read the story


Assistant Professor of Sociology Jason Houle says he was surprised by the results of his research on college loan debt among students from low-, middle-, and high-income families, CNBC reports.

His forthcoming study found that lower-middle-income students carry more debt load than students from either of the other economic groups, according to CNBC.

“Subjects whose families earned $40,000 to $59,000 annually racked up approximately $9,200 more student loan debt than their peers whose families earned between $100,000 and $149,000 per year, and approximately $13,0000 more debt than young adults whose families made more than $150,000 annually,” Houle tells CNBC. “Students from families with incomes of $60,000 to $99,000 also carried more debt than those from higher-income families.

“It didn’t surprise me that kids from affluent backgrounds and whites tended to have less,” he adds. “But I would have thought I’d see a straight-up negative association between debt and income, and that wasn’t the case.”

Read the full story, published 12/11/13 by CNBC.

Faculty Forum: Professor Denise Anthony

Bonnie Barber

Faculty members share their insights on current events with Dartmouth Now in a question-and-answer series called Faculty Forum. This week, Professor Denise Anthony talks about the issues surrounding electronic medical records.

Denise Anthony is an associate professor and past chair in the department of Sociology. She is also research director of the Institute for Security, Technology, and Society (ISTS) at Dartmouth, and a faculty affiliate at the Center for Health Policy Research at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.

Walton Study: Asian American Education Levels Affect Health

Bonnie Barber

If you are Asian American, could living in ethnic neighborhoods with other Asian Americans be better for your health? The answer is yes, according to Dartmouth Assistant Professor of Sociology Emily Walton, who recently published her findings in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

Walton examined 256 neighborhoods in large metropolitan areas across the United States and found that Asian Americans living in predominantly Asian neighborhoods reported better health as the overall educational level of their neighbors increased. However, this correlation between individual health and neighborhood education levels did not exist for those living in non-Asian neighborhoods.

Stuck in the Middle (VPR)

Dartmouth’s Marc Dixon, an associate professor of sociology, is part of a VPR Vermont Edition in-depth discussion that explores the idea of how the middle class is defined in America.

“It’s a loose term,” Dixon tells VPR. “So often in popular usage we are just talking about a way of life. It is almost a standing category for mainstream mid-America life that might include owning a home, having a more or less stable job, and if you didn’t go to college, you certainly have the aspirations of sending your kids there. It’s become a catch-all category in that way.”

Listen to the story, broadcast 11/5/12 on VPR’s Vermont Edition.

Marc Dixon Honored with Faculty Award

Keith Chapman

Ten faculty members have been recognized for exceptional achievement in scholarship, teaching, and mentoring for 2012. Among the winners was Marc Dixon, associate professor of sociology. The awards are announced annually by the Office of the Dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

“The accomplishments of these professors, as teachers and as scholars, are inspiring to students and faculty alike,” says Michael Mastanduno, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “I am proud to call them my colleagues.”

Marc Dixon, associate professor of sociology

The John M. Manley Huntington Award for Newly Tenured Faculty, in recognition of outstanding merit