Recent Accomplishments of Department of Sociology Faculty
(The names of University of Memphis Sociology faculty are in bold type.)
Recent Faculty Publications
Abrutyn, Seth and Anna S. Mueller. Forthcoming. “The Socioemotional Structure of Suicide: A Microsociological View
of Durkheim’s Suicide.” Sociological Theory.
Abrutyn, Seth and Justin Van Ness. Forthcoming 2014. “Institutional Entrepreneurship as Sociocultural
Analogy to Biological Mutation: Considering One Source of Institutional Evolution.”
James, Wesley. Forthcoming 2014. “All Rural Places Are Not Created Equal: Revisiting the Rural
Mortality Penalty in the United States.” American Journal of Public Health.
Mueller, Anna S., Seth Abrutyn, and Cynthia Stockton. Forthcoming 2015. “Can Social Ties be Harmful? Examining the Social Dynamics of Suicide Suggestion in
Early Adulthood.” Sociological Perspectives.
Rambo, Carol. Forthcoming 2014. "Living with Parents with Intellectual Disability: Ambiguity
and the Role of Social Services and Support." International Journal of Crime, Criminal Justice, and Law.
Rushing, Wanda. Forthcoming 2014. “Regionalism.” Critical Terms for Southern Studies, eds. Jennifer
Rae Greeson and Scott Romine. Athens: The University of Georgia Press.
Taylor, Marshall and Carol Rambo. Forthcoming 2015. "White Shame, White Pride: Emotional Cultures, Feeling Rules,
and Emotion Exemplars in White Supremacist Movement Music." International Journal of Crime, Criminal Justice, and Law.
Abrutyn, Seth. 2014. “Religious Autonomy and Religious Entrepreneurship: An Evolutionary-Institutionalist’s
Take on the Axial Age.” Comparative Sociology. 13(2):105-134.
Abrutyn, Seth and Anna S. Mueller. 2014. “Reconsidering Durkheim’s Assessment of Tarde: Formalizing a Tardian Theory
of Imitation, Contagion, and Suicide Suggestion.” Sociological Forum 29(3): 698-719.
Abrutyn, Seth and Anna S. Mueller. 2014. “Are Suicidal Behaviors Contagious in Adolescence?: Using Longitudinal Data
to Examine Suicide Suggestion.” American Sociological Review. 79(2): 211 – 227.
Barnes, Sandra L., Zandria F. Robinson, and Earl Wright II, editors. 2014. Re-Positioning Race: Prophetic Research in a Post-Racial Obama Age. SUNY Press.
Guthrie, Doug, Zhixing Xiao, and Junmin Wang. 2014. “Stability, Asset Management, and Gradual Change in China’s Reform Economy.”
In China’s State Capitalism: Growth and Crisis, edited by Kellee Tsai and Barry Naughton. New York: Cambridge University Press.
James, Wesley. 2014. “Teaching Introduction to Sociology to Pre-Medical Students.” American Sociological Association: TRAILS.
James, Wesley, Ronald Cossman, and Neal Feierabend. 2014. “Integrating Spatial and Time Sensitive
Data to Monitor Social Patterns: A Dynamic Methodology for Studying Social Issues.”
Journal of Maps, Special Issue: Innovative Mapping in Spatial Demography, 10(2): 308-312, http://dx.doi.org/10/1080/17445647.2013.866910.
Grier, Tiffanie, Carol Rambo and Marshall Taylor. 2014. “‘What are You?’: Racial Ambiguity, Stigma, and the Racial Formation Project Interrupted.” Deviant Behavior 35(12): 1006-1022.
Robinson, F. Zandria. 2014. This Ain’t Chicago: Race, Class, and Regional Identity in the Post-Soul South, University of North Carolina Press.
Robinson, F. Zandria. 2014. “Riding the Fourth Wave: Hip-Hop and Black Feminism in the 21st Century Classroom.” In Dropping Knowledge: Hip-Hop Pedagogy in the Academy, Black Classics Press.
Rushing, Wanda. 2014. “We’re Going to Graceland: Globalization and the Reimagining of Memphis,”in
Sounds and the City: Popular Music, Place, and Globalization, eds. Brett Lashua, Stephen Wagg and Karl Spracklen. (Aldershot: Palgrave Macmillan,
Abrutyn, Seth. 2013. Revisiting Institutionalism in Sociology: Putting the “Institution” Back in Institutional
Analysis. New York: Routledge.
Abrutyn, Seth. 2013. “Reconceptualizing the Dynamics of Religion as a Macro Institutional Domain.”
Structure and Dynamics. 6(3):1-21.
Abrutyn, Seth. 2013. “Revisiting and Reinvigorating Evolutionary Sociology:
Bringing Institutions Back to Life.” Current Perspectives in Social Theory. 31:247-76.
Abrutyn, Seth. 2013. “Reconceptualizing Religious Evolution: Toward a General Theory of Macro-Institutional
Change.” Social Evolution and History 12(2):5-36.
Abrutyn, Seth. 2013. “Political Evolution, Entrepreneurship, and Autonomy: Causes and Consequences
of an “Axial” Moment.” Research in Political Sociology 21:3-29.
Abrutyn, Seth. 2013. “Teaching Sociological Theory for a New Century: Contending with the Time Crunch.” The American Sociologist 44(2):132-54.
Frank, Kenneth, Chandra Muller, and Anna S. Mueller. 2013. “The Embeddedness of Adolescent Friendship Nominations: The Formation of Social
Capital in Emergent Network Structures” American Journal of Sociology 119(1): 216-253.
Loftus, Jeni, Brian C. Kelly, and Sarah A. Mustillo. 2013. “Predictors of Entry into Age-Discordant
Relationships.” Deviant Behavior 34: 513-533.
Rambo, Carol. 2013. "Twitch: A Performance of Chronic Liminality." Pp. 627-638 in Handbook of Autoethnography, edited by S.H. Jones, T. Adams, and C. Ellis. CA: Left Coast Press.
Robinson, Keith, and Anna S. Mueller. 2014. “The Early Link between Cumulative Disadvantage in Mathematics and Behavioral
Engagement in Learning: Findings from Kindergarten.” American Journal of Education 120(3): 325-349.
Wang, Junmin. 2013. State-Market Interactions in China’s Reform Era: Local State Competition and Global
Market Building in the Tobacco Industry. London and New York: Routledge.
Winters, Lisa, Wanda Rushing, Martin Levin, and Troy Blanchard. 2013. “Deindustrialization, Class, and Adolescents: Changing
Gender Attitudes in Middletown.” Sociology Mind 1:3:114-120.
Abrutyn, Seth. 2012. “Towards a General Theory of Institutional Ecology: The Dynamics of Macro Structural
Space.” Review of European Studies 4(5):167-80.
Cosby, Arthur, Kristen Aanstoos, Marissa Matta, Jeremy Porter, and Wesley James. 2012. “Public Support for Hispanic Deportation in the United States: The Effects
of Ethnic Prejudice and Perceptions of Economic Competition in a Period of Economic
Distress.” Journal of Population Research, doi:10.1007/s12546-012-9102-9.
James, Wesley, Chunrong Jia, and Satish Kedia. 2012. “Uneven Magnitude of Disparities in Cancer
Risks from Air Toxics.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Special Issue:
Social and Economical Determinants of Health, 9: 4365-4385,doi:10.3390/ijerph9124365.
James, Wesley and Jeremy Porter. 2012. “Inequality, Health Infrastructure, and Spatial Context:
Understanding Pathways to Variations in the Causal Determinants of Race-Specific Mortality
Rates.” Sociological Spectrum, 32 (4): 322-345.
Loftus, Jeni and Angie Andriot. 2012. “’That’s What Makes a Woman’: Women’s Infertility and a
Failed Life Course Transition.” Sociological Spectrum 32: 226-243.
Loftus, Jeni and Brian C. Kelly. 2012. “The Effects of Relationships with Older Females on the
Substance Abuse and Mental Health of Adolescent Boys.” The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse 38: 267-271.
Loftus, Jeni and Brian C. Kelly. 2012. “Short-Term Sexual Health Effects of Relationships with
Significantly Older Females on Adolescent Boys.” Journal of Adolescent Health. 50: 195-197.
Shao H, Breitner CSJ, Whitmer RA, Wang, Junmin, Hayden K, Wengreen H, Corcoran C, Tschanz J, Norton M, Munger R, Welsh-Bohmer K,
Zandi PP. 2012.“Hormone Therapy and AD Dementia: New Findings from the Cache County
Study.” Neurology. 79(18): 1846-1852.
Wang, Junmin, Doug Guthrie, and Zhixing Xiao. 2012.“The Rise of SASAC: Asset Management, Ownership
Concentration, and Firm Performance in China’s Capital Markets.” Management and Organization Review. Vol.8 (2): 253-281. Excepts published in Chinese as “The Rise and Effects of State
Owned Asset Management Companies in China.” Chinese Management Insights (17).
Abrutyn, Seth and Jonathan H. Turner. 2011. “The Old Institutionalism Meets the New Institutionalism.”
Sociological Perspectives 54(3):283-306.
Sanderson, Stephen K., Abrutyn, Seth, and Kristopher Proctor. 2011. “Testing the Protestant Ethic Thesis with Quantitative
Historical Data: A Research Note.” Social Forces 89(3):1-7.
Loftus, Jeni, Brian C. Kelly, and Sarah A, Mustillo. 2011. “Depressive Symptoms among Adolescent
Girls in Relationships with Older Partners: Causes and Lasting Effects?” Journal of Youth and Adolescence 40: 800-813.
Loftus, Jeni and Paul R. Namaste. 2011. “Expectant Mothers: Explaining Women's Infertility using
Identity Theory.” Qualitative Sociology Review 7:36-54.
Mueller, Anna S. 2011. “Education” in the Concise Encyclopedia of Sociology, Edited by George Ritzer and J. Michael Ryan. Wiley-Blackwell.
Abrutyn, Seth and Kirk Lawrence. 2010. “From Chiefdom to State: Toward an Integrative Theory of
the Evolution of Polity.” Sociological Perspectives 53(3):419-42.
Cossman, Ronald, Jeralynn Cossman, Wesley James, Troy Blanchard, Richard Thomas, Louis Pol, and Arthur Cosby. 2010. “Correlating
Pharmaceutical Data with a National Health Survey as a Proxy for Estimating Rural
Population Health.” Population Health Metrics, 8(25):1-17.
Cossman, Jeralynn, Wesley James, Arthur Cosby, and Ronald Cossman. 2010. “Underlying Causes of the Emerging Nonmetropolitan
Penalty.” American Journal of Public Health, 100 (8): 1417-1419.
James, Wesley and Ronald Cossman. 2010. “Using Maps to Monitor At-Risk Geographic Areas of Heart
Disease: Tracking Access to Prescription Medication and Mortality Rates.” Journal of Maps, 2010: 478-487.
Levin, Martin, Kim S. Miller, Amy Fasula, Carol Lin, Sarah Wyckoff and Rex Forehand,
"Ready, Set, Go: African American: Preadolescents' Sexual Thoughts, Intentions and
Behaviors" published online ahead of print December 28, 2010 at The Journal of EarlyAdolescence, in print Volume 32(2), 2012, pp;. 293-307.
Levin, Martin, Lisa Winters, Wanda Rushing and Troy Blanchard. 2011. “Deindustrialization, Class, and Adolescents: Changing
Gender Attitudes in Middletown”, Sociology Mind, Volume 1, No. 3, October 2011, pp. 114-120.
Mueller, Anna S., Jennifer Pearson, Chandra Muller, Kenneth Frank and Alyn Turner. 2010. “Sizing Up Peers: Adolescent Girls’ Weight Control and Social Comparison in the School
Context.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 51(1): 64-78.
Vannini, Phillip, Dennis Waskul, Simon Gottschalk and Carol Rambo. 2010. “Sound Acts: Elocution, Somatic Work, and the Performance of Sonic Alignment.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 39 (3) : 328-353.
Rushing,Wanda. 2010. The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Urbanization, Editor, University of North Carolina Press. Volume 15 of the 24 volume series under
the general editorship of Charles Reagan Wilson, Center for the Study of Southern
Culture at the University of Mississippi.
Wang, Junmin. 2010. “Enlightened Localism in Contemporary China: Political Change in Property-Rights
Institutions of Township and Village Enterprises.” Comparative Sociology. Vol. 9: 631-662.
Guthrie, Doug, Zhixing Xiao, and Junmin Wang. 2009. “Asset Management and Productivity in Reform-Era China.” Research in the Sociology of Work. Vol. 19: Work and Organizations in China after Thirty Years of Transition. Edited by Lisa Keister. Pp35-69.
Guthrie, Doug and Junmin Wang. 2009 . “Changing Social Institutions.” in Doug Guthrie, China and Globalization: The Social, Economic, and Political Transformation of Chinese
Society. Revised Edition. New York: Routledge
Guthrie, Doug and Junmin Wang. 2009 . “Changing Life Chances.” in Doug Guthrie, China and Globalization: The Social, Political, and Economic Transformation of Chinese
Society. Revised Edition. New York: Routledge
Loftus, Jeni. 2009. “’Oh No, I’m Not Infertile’: Culture, Support Groups and the Infertile Identity.”
Sociological Focus 42: 394-416.
Mueller, Anna S. 2009. “Body Image, Childhood and Adolescence” in the Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development (Vol. 1) (58-62), Edited by Deborah Carr. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA.
Porter, Jeremy, Ronald Cossman, and Wesley James. 2009. “Research Note: Imputing Large Group Averages for Missing Data, Using Rural-Urban
Continuum Codes for Density Driven Industry Sectors.” Journal of Population Research, 26 (3): 273-278.
Robinson, F. Zandria. 2009. “Soul Legacies: Hip-Hop and Historicity in Memphis.” In Hip Hop in America: A Regional Guide, edited by Mickey Hess. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO/Greenwood.
Rushing, Wanda. 2009. Memphis and the Paradox of Place: Globalization in the American South. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press.
Rushing, Wanda. 2009. “Memphis, the Delta, and a Progressive Sense of Place.” Business Perspectives, vol. 20, no.1 (Summer/Fall), pp. 52-55.
Rushing, Wanda. 2009. “Memphis: Cotton Fields, Cargo Planes, and Biotechnology.” Southern Spaces. August 28. http://www.southernspaces.org/contents/2009/rushing/1a.htm
Wang, Junmin. 2009. “Global-Market Building as State Building: China’s Entry into the WTO and Market
Reforms of China’s Tobacco Industry.” Theory and Society. Vol. 38 (2): 165-194
Recent Sociology Faculty Awards and Honors
- College of Arts & Sciences Travel Enrichment Award, University of Memphis, 2010.
- Sociology Doctoral Student of the Year, Mississippi State University, 2009
- SSRC Research Fellow Award. Social Science Research Center, Mississippi State University,
- Population Association of America Poster of Excellence Award, 2006
- Graduate Student Paper of Distinction Award: “Conversation of Gestures of Significant
Symbols? An Analysis of Boxing.” Mid-South Sociological Association. Atlanta, GA,
- Centers and Institutes Graduate Student Research Award Recipient. Mississippi State
- Population Association of America Poster of Excellence Award, 2004
- Population Association of America Poster of Excellence Award, 2003
Levin, Martin L.
- Distinguished Service Award, [first recipient], Southern Sociological Society, 2003.
- The Distinguished Service Award of the Southern Sociological Society was renamed the
Martin L. Levin Distinguished Service Award, 2004.
- Population Association of America Poster of Excellence Award, 2002
- Alma Bucovaz Advising Award, University College, University of Memphis, 2006.
- Editor, Symbolic Interaction, January 2007-11.
- Course Redesign Fellowship, University of Memphis, Summer 2010.
- Norman Denzin, Qualitative Research Award, Carl Couch Center for Research on Internet
and Culture, University of Illinois, Urbana, 2007.
- W. Russell Smith Teaching Award, University of Memphis, 2005.
- Dunavant University Professor, August 2011
- College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Research Award (CASDRA), University of
- Finalist for the Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Memphis, 2005.
- Faculty Fellow, Technology Fellowship Program, Advanced Learning Center, FedEx Institute
of Technology, University of Memphis, 2004-05.
- Alma Bucovaz Urban Research and Service Award, University College, University of Memphis,
- Finalist for the Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Memphis, 2005.
- W. Russell Smith Award for Teaching Excellence, August 2010
- Faculty Research Grant in Social Sciences, Business and Law of University of Memphis
- Post-Doctoral Fellowship in China’s Political Economy of Indiana University ($35,000)