Sociology & Anthropology

Reginald Byron

Assistant 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

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: Victoria Dominguez ('11) (see Incivility in the Workplace conference presentation), Melissa Garcia ('12) and Griffin Ferry ('12) (see "Food for Thought" article), William Molidor ('12) and Andrew Cantu ('13) (see "The Fear Factory" article) and Bree Billingsley ('14), and Nathan Tuttle ('14) (see "Performativity Double Standards" article). The fruits of our labor have been well received at professional conferences and are currently at various stages in the review process. I am also excited to embark upon summer 2015 projects with Taylor Braselton ('16) and Bethany Lewis ('16). 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

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

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 wox.sagepub.com/content/early/recent

2011    Byron, Reginald A. "Harvey Milk." Encyclopedia of Gay Folklife by Mickey Weems (Ed.) http://www.qualiafolk.com/2011/12/08/harveymilk/

2011    Byron, Reginald A. and Mickey Weems. "Bar,Nightclub." Encyclopedia of Gay Folklife by Mickey Weems (Ed.) http://www.qualiafolk.com/2011/12/08/bar-and-nightclub/

2011    Byron, Reginald A. and Mickey Weems. "Mona's." Encyclopedia of Gay Folklife by Mickey Weems (Ed.) http:/www.qualiafolk.com/2011/12/08/monas/

 

 

Works Currently Under Review   **denotes Southwestern student co-author

           Byron, Reginald A., William Molidor**, and Andrew Cantu**. "The Fear Factory: American Newspapers' Portrayals of Home Invasion Crimes." Revise and Resubmit at Social Problems

          Byron, Reginald A. "Teaching the Sociological Imagination with Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Data." Revise and Resubmit at TRAILS

           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?" Second Revise and Resubmit at Social Science Research

               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." Under review at The Journal of Homosexuality

   

 

Works in Progress

              Byron, Reginald A. "From Boston to Belfast: The Rhetoric of Racism in Employment Discrimination Cases in the U.S. and the UK."

 

 


Seminars & Presentations

Recent Papers/Presentations [** denotes Southwestern undergraduate student co-author]

 

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

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

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).  

2012    Byron, Reginald A., Will Molidor**, and Andrew Cantu**. "What Do Newspapers Tell Us About Home Invasion Robbery?" Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, New Orleans, LA, (March).

2012    Lowe, Maria R., Reginald A. Byron, Susan E. Mennicke. "Beyond Attitudinal Change: Fostering Students' Interracial Interaction After Studying Abroad." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, New Orleans, LA, (March).

2011    Lowe, Maria R., Reginald A. Byron, Griffin Ferry**, and Melissa J. Garcia**. "Food for Thought: The Impact of Race and Frequent Interracial Dining Experiences on Students' Perceptions of the Racial Climate on Campus."  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Las Vegas, NV (August).

2011   Byron, Reginald A., Maria R. Lowe, Melissa J. Garcia**, and Griffin Ferry**. "Racially Invisible Yet Invisibly Racial: White University Students' Conflicting Perspectives on Race and the Value of Racial/Ethnic Diversity." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Las Vegas, NV (August).

2011   Byron, Reginald A. and Victoria A. Dominguez**. Incivility in the Workplace: Sexual Harassment, General Harassment, and the Retaliatory Link." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, Jacksonville, FL (April).

 

Invited Presentations 

2015    Byron, Reginald A. "Multi-state Workplace Gender Discrimination and Organizational Legitimation" Invited for Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Chicago, IL (August).

2011    Byron, Reginald A. "The Importance of Place: Predicting Discrimination Filing across Four States." Racism and Socioeconomic Inequality Mini-Conference of the Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, Jacksonville, FL (April).

2011    Byron, Reginald A. "From Du Bois to Obama: Progress and Challenges on the Problem of the Color Line." Eighth Annual Du Bois Lecturer for Huston-Tillotson University, (February).

 


Honors & Awards

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   Southwestern Junior Faculty Sabbatical Award (for Fall 2014)

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."

2012   Faculty Student Project Grant "Newspaper Portrayals of Home Invasion Robbery across Fifteen U.S. Cities."

2011   Southwestern London Semester Teaching Faculty (for Fall 2013)

2011   Southwestern Untenured Faculty Teaching Award Nominee 

2011   Competitive Professional Development Grant "The Price of Pregnancy: Ongoing Obstacles for Pregnant Workers."

2011   Andrew W. Mellon Integrated Scholarly Community Grant (Co-principal  investigator w/ Maria Lowe and Sue Mennicke). "What Happens When the 'Global Citizen' Returns? The Impact of Study Abroad on How Students View Racial Diversity at their Home Institution."

2011   Faculty Student Project Grant "What Can Newspapers Tell Us About Home Invasion Robbery?"

2010   Andrew W. Mellon Integrated Scholarly Community Grant (Co-principal  investigator w/ Maria Lowe). "Racing the Academy: A Baseline Assessment of How Students View the Racial Climate at Southwestern."

2009   Teaching Excellence Award, Sociology, The Ohio State University

2008   Outstanding Doctoral Student Award, Sociology, The Ohio State University


Groups & Affiliations

American Sociological Association Member

Southern Sociological Society Member

American Sociological Association's Honors Program Advisory Panel (2014-2016)

Editorial Board, Work and Occupations (2015-2018)

Editorial Board, Social Currents (2015-2018)


Interests

Aquatic Ecology, Music, Hiking, and College Football