Sociology & Anthropology

Edward Kain

Professor of Sociology and University Scholar

Areas of expertise
Social Change and Families; Gender; The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning; Historical Demography/Mortality Change


PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1980
B.A. with honors, Alma College, Alma Michigan 1976


Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University Scholar, Faculty member in Feminist Studies
Southwestern University
August 01, 1986 - present

Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
Cornell University
August 01, 1980 - June 01, 1986

Teaching Philosophy

Previous Courses

Social Patterns and Processes (an Introductory sociology course), Families in Society, Sociological Research Methods with an accompanying lab, Demography (World Population Geography) and Urbanization, Gender and Sexuality, Advanced Research Methods, Social Change, Social Stratification, Life Course and Aging, Senior Research Seminar


Family change, Change in gender roles, National patterns in the undergraduate sociology curriculum, International impact of HIV epidemic

Professional Work

Two terms on the editorial board of Teaching Sociology, Student Associate Editor of Social Forces, Two decades as a program reviewer and workshop coordinator as part of the American Sociological Association's Department Resources Group



I have more than 90 books, articles, manuals and reviews published. Some recent publications include:

2011    "Families."  Chapter 7, p. 113-134 in Social Problems:  A Case Study Approach, 3rd Edition.  Ed. by Norman A. Dolch, Linda Deutschmann., and Helen K. Wise.  Lexington Books.


2011    "Infant Mortality."  In The International Encyclopedia of Women.


2011    "Ways to Start the Peer Review Conversation within a Department."  Chapter 12, p. 141-151in Peer Review of Teaching:  Lessons from and for Departments of Sociology, ed. by Tom Van Valey.  Washington, DC:  ASA Teaching Resources Center.


2010    "Some Sociological Aspects of HIV Disease."  (5th revised and updated chapter)  Pp. 411-419 in Leonard Cargan and Jeanne H. Ballantine (eds.) Sociological Footprints:  Introductory Readings in Sociology (11th Ed.)  Belmont, CA:  Wadsworth.


2008    "Information Literacy:  The Partnership of Sociology Faculty and Social Science Librarians", with Patti S. Caravello, Triveni Kuchi, Susan Macicak, and Gregory L. Weiss.  Teaching Sociology, 36 (1), January: 8-16.


2007    "Sociology in Two-Year Institutions", with Alexandra O. Hendley, Lauren R. Contreras, and Krystal K. Wyatt-Baxter.  Teaching Sociology.  35 (4), October:  350-359.


Books and monographs include:


1995    Diversity and Change in Families:  Patterns, Prospects, and Policy.  A reader in family sociology edited with Mark R. Rank.  Englewood Cliffs, NJ:  Prentice-Hall.


1990    The Myth of Family Decline:  Understanding Families in a World of Rapid Social Change.  Lexington Books. 



Honors & Awards

2010 Southern Sociological Society Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award, 2007 American Sociological Association Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award University Scholar, Southwestern University. 2000- Brown Distinguished Teaching Professorship, Southwestern University. 1998-2000 William Carrington Finch Professorship, Southwestern University. 1998-2000 ASA/Ford Foundation MOST Program grant (grant author) for increasing minority student participation in sociology. 1994-1998 1997 Hans O. Mauksch Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Sociology, given by the Section on Undergraduate Education of the American Sociological Association 1985 College of Human Ecology Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award, Cornell University

Groups & Affiliations

American Sociological Association, Southern Sociological Society, National Council on Family Relations, Phi Beta Kappa


Hiking, Photography, International travel