Associate Professor of Sociology
Areas of Expertise
Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation Stratification; Employment and Campus Climates; Criminology; Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
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
Sociology and Anthropology Department Chair
July 01, 2016 - present
Andrew Mellon Inclusive Pedagogy Grant Co-Coordinator
October 01, 2016 - present
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.
Social Problems; Research Methods; 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
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.
Recent Peer Reviewed Publications (since 2010)
** denotes Southwestern undergraduate student co-author
Byron, Reginald A. and Vincent J. Roscigno. Race & Gender Discrimination and the Stalled Revolution (Under Contract with ASA Rose Series; Russell Sage)
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.
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 & Society28(3): 435-462.
*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)
*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.
2010 Byron, Reginald A. “Discrimination, Complexity, and the Public/Private Sector Question.” Work and Occupations 37(4): 435-475.
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., William Molidor**, and Andrew Cantu**. “U.S. Newspapers’ Portrayals of Home Invasion Crimes.” The Howard Journal (Revise and Resubmit)
Byron, Reginald A. “Race and Public Accommodations Discrimination in an Era of Colorblindness.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
Byron, Reginald A. and Vincent Roscigno. “Bureaucratic Legitimation, Discrimination, and the Racialized Character of Organizational Life.” Research in the Sociology of Organizations
Byron, Reginald A. “Teaching Simple Statistics with Open Source Police Shootings Data and Census Data” TRAILS (Revise and Resubmit)
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 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 and 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.”
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)
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