Janice M. McCabe
Associate Professor of Sociology
Associated Faculty, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Allen House Professor
I teach courses about gender, youth, education, social problems, and research methods, and I am the residential house professor for Allen House. My book Connecting in College: How Friendship Networks Matter for Academic and Social Success (The University of Chicago Press) explores how undergraduates' friendships help and hinder their success during and after college. In my new project, I investigate students' friendship networks at three types of institutions (a community college, a liberal arts college, and a research university) to better understand differences and similarities in how students make and keep friends as well as how their friendship networks help and hinder their academic and social success. Broadly, my work focuses on inequalities, identities, and networks, particularly among students.
- B.A. Tulane University
- M.A. Indiana University
- Ph.D. Indiana University
Jennifer J. Lee and Janice McCabe. 2021. "Who Speaks and Who Listens: Revisiting the Chilly Climate in College Classrooms." Gender & Society 35(1):1-29. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0891243220977141
Janice McCabe. 2016. Connecting in College: How Friendship Networks Matter for Academic and Social Success. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. * * Reviewed in Contemporary Sociology, Journal of College Student Development and British Journal of Educational Studies. * * Honorable Mention for the Midwest Sociological Society's 2018 Distinguished Book Award.
Janice McCabe. 2019. "The Corner, The Canopy, and the Iconic Ghetto: Q&A with Elijah Anderson." Contexts 18(1):10-11. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1536504219830669
Janice McCabe. 2018. "Activism and the Academy: Q&A with Cornel West." Contexts 17(3):10-11. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1536504218792520
"Designing Friendships: Fostering Friendships and Social Connections."
- Invited Presentation at the American College Health Association (ACHA) Innovations Summit, "Inspiring Hope & Real Solutions to Address College Mental Health and Well-Being," October 2019, College Park, Maryland.
- South Carolina College Personnel Association's Fall Virtual Drive-In Conference. Afternoon Keynote Address. October 2020.
"Friends with Academic Benefits: Tight-Knitters, Compartmentalizers, and Samplers."
- Vermont Humanities, First Wednesday, Ilsley Public Library, December 2020.
- University of Maryland, Department of Sociology, October 2019
- University of New Hampshire, Department of Sociology, October 2018
- University of Pennsylvania, Education & Inequality Seminar, January 2017
- Temple University, Department of Sociology, January 2017
"Understanding Your Network of Friends." Public Lecture to Kick Off "Friends" Series, Office of Health Promotion, Boston College, Boston, Massachusetts, October 2017.
"Networks of Success: How Friendships Matter for College and Beyond." Class Officers Weekend, Dartmouth College. September 2017.
"Friends and Microaggressions: How Friendship Networks Support Students." Davidson College, October 2014, Davidson, North Carolina.
"Community in Student Friendships: Tight-knitters, Compartmentalizers, and Samplers." Part of OPAL and Student Assembly's "Week in Community," October 2013, Dartmouth College.
Keynote Speaker, Bowling Green State University Women's Studies Research Symposium, March 2011, Bowling Green, Ohio.
Selected Works & Activities
Selected media coverage of my research:
Washington Post OpEd: Want to Succeed in College? Spend More Time Playing Video Games with Friends
Time magazine: How To Make Friends as an Adult and Why It's Important
NPR: How College Friendships May Affect Academic Success
USA Today: It's not me, it's Netflix: With password sharing on the block, how to boot your friends
BBC: Can Gen Z make friends in the pandemic era?
The Chronicle of Higher Education: Friendships and Their Influence on Academic Success
Quartz: The Sociological Argument for Breaking Up With Bad Friends
Boston Globe: What Kind of Friend Are You?
NBC News: These Are the Types of Friendships That Exist - And How They Impact GPA
Inside Higher Ed: Friends With (Academic) Benefits
NY Mag: Here Are The Three Types of Friendship Networks
Quartz: An Ivy League Professor Says There Are Only Three Types of Friendships We Make
Mental Floss: Most People's Friendships Fall Into One of Three Categories
CNBC: How To Decide If You Should Transfer to Another College
GENDER ATTITUDE AND BELIEF INVENTORY (GABI):
Teaching Sociology podcast: : http://tso.sagepub.com/content/41/3/282/suppl/DC1
GENDER IN CHILDREN'S BOOKS:
The Telegraph: 5 literary heroines to inspire girls this international women's day
New York Times: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/05/new-study-finds-gender-bias-in-childrens-books/?_r=0
The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/may/06/gender-imbalance-children-s-literature
Live Science: http://www.livescience.com/14078-males-dominate-childrens-books.html
Fox News: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/05/06/study-suggests-winnie-pooh-isnt-gender-equal-does-matter/
San Francisco Chronicle: http://blog.sfgate.com/mmagowan/2011/05/16/new-study-reports-huge-gender-imbalance-in-kidlit/
Valley News: Dartmouth College weighs admissions preference for legacy students, push for diversity
Credit Suisse 2014 Youth Barometer: https://www.credit-suisse.com/us/en/about-us/corporate-responsibility/news/barometer/youth-barometer.article.html/article/pwp/news-and-expertise/2014/10/en/it-is-not-easy-to-escape.html
Allen House's New House Professor: Janice McCabe
Alternative Spring Break trip "Place, Story and Inequality in New Orleans"
Shepherd's list of "The best books about complicated friendships and meaningful connections within a broader network"