Sociology & Anthropology

Reginald Byron

Associate Professor of Sociology

Areas of expertise

Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation Stratification; Employment and Campus Climates; Criminology; Quantitative and Qualitative Methods 



Education

PhD, Sociology, The Ohio State University 2009
MA, Sociology, The Ohio State University 2005
MA, Psychology, State University of New York at Buffalo 2003
BA, Psychology, State University of New York at Geneseo 2000

Positions

Sociology and Anthropology Department Chair
Southwestern University
July 01, 2016 - present

Andrew Mellon Inclusive Pedagogy Grant Co-Coordinator
Southwestern University
October 01, 2016 - present

Teaching Philosophy

In all of my courses, I strive to challenge students to become critically engaged scholars who have an appreciation for quantitative and qualitative methods, sociological theory, and the sociological imagination. I've also shared research experiences with a number of Southwestern students outside of the classroom, including: Melissa Garcia ('12) and Griffin Ferry ('12) (see "Food for Thought" article), William Molidor ('12) and Andrew Cantu ('13) (see "U.S. Newspapers' Portrayals" article) and Bree Billingsley ('14), and Nathan Tuttle ('14) (see "Performativity Double Standards" article). I worked with Taylor Braselton ('16) and Bethany Lewis ('16) on a 2015 summer project. Last summer, I worked with four current students: Holly O'Hara, Dakota Cortez, Deidra McCall, and Madeline Carrola on two grant funded summer research projects. The fruits of our labor have been well received and are at various stages of the peer-review process. These activities reflect my belief that teaching and learning are ongoing and should extend beyond the walls of the classroom.


Previous Courses

Social Problems; Sociological Theory; Sociology of Work; Criminology; Globalization; Vicente Villa Summer Scholars Program (Southwestern), Young Scholars Program (Ohio State) *Also while pursuing first degree: Introduction to Psychology; Social Psychology; Clinical Psychology


Research

My primary research centers on race, gender, and sexual orientation stratification. Specifically, I use a mixed methods approach to explain the patterns and processes of contemporary discrimination. I am interested in how these processes manifest in occupational, educational, and criminological contexts.


Publications

Recent Peer Reviewed Publications (since 2010)

** denotes Southwestern undergraduate student co-author

2017   Byron, Reginald A., Maria R. Lowe, Brianna Billingsley**, and Nathan Tuttle**. "Performativity Double Standards and the Sexual Orientation Climate at a Southern Liberal Arts University." Journal of Homosexuality 64(5): 671-696.

          www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00918369.2016.1196994

2015   Krivo, Lauren J., Reginald A. Byron, Catherine A. Calder, Ruth D. Peterson, Christopher R. Browning, Mei-Po Kwan, and Jae Yong Lee. "Patterns of Local Segregation: Do They Matter for Crime?" Social Science Research 54: 303-318. www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0049089X1500157X

2015   Byron, Reginald A. "Teaching the Sociological Imagination with SAT Data." TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology. Washington, DC: American Sociological Association. trails.asanet.org/Pages/Resources.aspx?ResourceID=12922

2014   Lowe, Maria R., Reginald A. Byron, and Susan Mennicke. "The Racialized Impact of Study Abroad on Students Subsequent Interracial Interaction." Education Research International  www.hindawi.com/journals/edri/2014/232687/

2014    Byron, Reginald A. and Vincent J. Roscigno. "Relational Power, Legitimation and Pregnancy Discrimination." Gender & Society 28(3): 435-462.

          http://gas.sagepub.com/content?28/3/435.abstract

*Press Coverage: www.whattoexpect.com/wom/pregnancy/0225/firms-find-ways-to-fire-pregnant-workers--study-.aspx

2013   Byron, Reginald A. "Teaching Tokenism with Occupational Sex Segregation Data." TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology. Washington DC: American Sociological Association. http://trails.asanet.org/Pages/ResourceID=12729

2013   Lowe, Maria R., Reginald A. Byron, Griffin Ferry**, and Melissa Garcia** "Food for Thought: Frequent Interracial Dining as a Predictor of Students' Racial Climate Perceptions." The Journal of Higher Education 84(4): 559-600. (Lowe and Byron are co-lead authors)

            http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/journal_of_higher_education/summary/v084/84.4.lowe.html

  *Press Coverage: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2011/08/23/breaking-bread

2012    Byron, Reginald A. "Sexuality and Cultural Values." TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.  http://trails.asanet.org/Pages/Resource.aspx?ResourceID=12522

2012    Roscigno, Vincent J., Lisa M. Williams, and Reginald A. Byron. "Workplace Racial Discrimination and Middle Class Vulnerability." American Behavioral Scientist 56(5): 696-710.

            http://abs.sagepub.com/content/56/5/696.abstract

2010    Byron, Reginald A. "Discrimination, Complexity, and the Public/Private Sector Question." Work and Occupations 37(4): 435-475. 

            http://wox.sagepub.com/content/37/4/435.abstract

2010    Browning, Christopher R., Reginald A. Byron, Catherine A. Calder, Lauren J. Krivo, Mei-Po Kwan, Jae Yong Lee, and Ruth D. Peterson. "Commercial Density, Residential Concentration, and Crime: Land Use Patterns and Violence in Neighborhood Context." Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 47(3): 329-357.     http://jrc.sagepub.com/content/47/3/329.abstract

  *Press Coverage: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2010/10/17/less-crime-noted-in-mixed-use-neighborhoods.html

 

Other Recent Publications

2018    Byron, Reginald A. Review of Hard Work is Not Enough: Gender and Racial Inequality in an Urban Workspace by Katrinell M. Davis. American Journal of Sociology

2015    Byron, Reginald A. Review of The Color Bind: Talking (and Not Talking) about Race at Work by Erica Gabrielle Foldy and Tamara R. Buckley. Work and Occupations 42(3): 381-383.  wox.sagepub.com/content/42/3

 

 

Works Under Review **denotes Southwestern student co-author

           Byron, Reginald A. and Vincent J. Roscigno. Race & Gender Discrimination and the Stalled Revolution Book Proposal - ASA Rose Series

          Byron, Reginald A., William Molidor**, and Andrew Cantu**. "U.S. Newspapers' Portrayals of Home Invasion Crimes." The Howard Journal 


Seminars & Presentations

Recent Papers/Presentations (since 2012) [** denotes Southwestern undergraduate student co-author]

 

 

2017    Lowe, Maria R., Reginald A. Byron, Holly O'Hara**, and Dakota Cortez**. "Neutralizing the Harm of Sexist and Racist Jokes Among Undergraduate Students." Paper to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Montreal, Canada (August).

2017    Byron, Reginald A. "Employment Discrimination Activism and Intergenerational Change." Paper presented at the Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland (CERES) International Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland (June). 

2017    Roscigno, Vincent J. and Reginald A. Byron. "Bureaucratic Neutrality, Employment and Race, Sex, and Age Discrimination." Paper presented at the International Meeting on Law and Society, Mexico City, Mexico (June).

2017    Byron, Reginald A., Maria R. Lowe, Dakota Cortez**, and Holly O'Hara**. "Sexual Assault, Zero Tolerance Policies, and the Gender Climate at a Liberal Arts University". Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, Greenville, SC (April).

2016    Byron, Reginald A., Maria R. Lowe, Nathan Tuttle**, and Brianna Billingsley**. "The Paradox of Colorblindness: Undergraduate Students' Selective Perceptions about Race and Racial Diversity." Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, Seattle, WA (August).

2015    Lowe, Maria R. and Reginald A. Byron. "The Specter of Gendered Aggression: Predicting Students' Level of Comfort at Weekend Parties." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Chicago, IL (August).

2015    Byron, Reginald A. "From Boston to Belfast: The Rhetoric of Racism in Employment Discrimination Cases in the U.S. and the U.K." "Paper presented at the Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland (CERES) International Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland (June).

2014    Byron, Reginald A. Maria R. Lowe, Brianna Billingsley**, and Nathan Tuttle**. "Performativity Double Standards and the Sexual Orientation Climate at a Southern Liberal Arts University." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, San Francisco, CA (August).

2014    Lowe, Maria R., Reginald A. Byron, Nathan F. Tuttle**, and Brianna Billingsley**. "On a Normal Day, Zero to One Times": Predicting the Frequency with Which Students Think about Their Race at a Predominantly White Southern University." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, Charlotte, NC (April).

2013    Byron, Reginald A. and Vincent Roscigno. "Relational Power, Legitimation and Pregnancy Discrimination." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, Milan, Italy (June).

2012    Byron, Reginald A., Will Molidor**, and Andrew Cantu**. "Newspaper Portrayals of Home Invasion Robbery across Fifteen U.S. Cities." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Denver, CO  (August).  

 

 

Recent Invited Presentations 

2017   Byron, Reginald A. "Implicit Bias, Microaggressions, and the March Toward More Inclusive Pedagogies" SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, NY (April).

2016   Byron, Reginald A. "Quantitative and Qualitative Analyses of Employment Discrimination Charge Data" EEOC DataNet Conference, Washington, D.C. (June).

 

 

 


Honors & Awards

2016   American Sociological Association's Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline "Discriminatory Race and Gender Termination from Low Wage Work" External Grant

2016   Southwestern Tenured Faculty Research Award Nominee

2016   Southwestern Tenured Faculty Teaching Award Nominee

2016 Faculty Student Project Grant (w/ M. Lowe) "SU_Talk: The Campus Climate of a Southern Liberal Arts University- A Follow Up Study" 

2015   Sam Taylor Foundation Fellowship "Low Wage Work and Discriminatory Dismissals"  External Grant

2015   Faculty Student Project Grant "Uncovering the Processes of Employment Discrimination across Ten U.S. States."

2014   Southwestern Untenured Faculty Teaching Award Finalist

2014   Competitive Professional Development Grant "The Grid Iron in the Ivory Tower: A Follow Up"

2013   Faculty Student Project Grant (w/ M. Lowe) "The Grid Iron in the Ivory Tower: Division III Football's Effect on a Southern University's Campus Climate."

 

 


Groups & Affiliations

American Sociological Association Member

Southern Sociological Society Member

American Sociological Association's Honors Program Advisory Panel (2014-2017)

Editorial Board, Contexts (2017-2019)

Editorial Board, Social Currents (2015-2018)

Editorial Board, Work and Occupations (2015-2018)

 


Interests

Aquatic Ecology, Music, Hiking, and College Football