Kathryn J. Lively

Academic Appointments

Professor of Sociology

I am a Professor (and Past Chair, 2011-15) in the Sociology Department. I served as the inaugural house professor for South House (2015-19) and Dean of the College from 2018-2021. My teaching and research interests are at the nexus of identity, emotion, and culture. As a result, I teach introductory courses in sociological social psychology, emotion, and culture. I am currently involved in two long-term research projects. The first deals with identity loss among eldery persons with Alzheimer's disease. The second seeks to identify the social psychological and cultural mechanisms that underly significant and sustainable weight loss. In the past, I have served on the editorial boards of Journal of Health and Social Behavior and Social Psychology Quarterly and as action editor for Emotion Review. My scholarly work has appeared in such outlets as American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Social Psychology Quarterly, Emotion Review, Work & Occupations, and Symbolic Interaction, among others. 

201-C Blunt
HB 6104
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
A.A. Tulsa Community College
B.A. University of Tulsa
M.A. Vanderbilt University
Ph.D. Vanderbilt University
Post Doctoral Fellow Indiana University - Bloomington

Selected Publications

Linda E. Francis, Kathryn J. Lively, Alexandra Konig & Jesse Hoey. 2020. "The Affective Self: Persistence of Self-Sentiments in Late Life Dementia." Social Psychology Quarterly. https://doi.org/10.1177/0190272519883910

Matthews, Morgan C. and Kathryn J. Lively. 2017. “Making Volunteer-Based Democracy ‘Work’: Gendered Coping Strategies in a Citizen Legislature.”  Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2378023117705535

McLeod, Jane D, Timothy Hallett, and Kathryn J. Lively. 2015. "Beyond Three Faces: Toward an Integrated Social Psychology of Inequality." Advances in Group Processses, 32: 1-29.

Lively, Kathryn J. and David R. Heise. 2014. "Emotion in Affect Control Theory." In The Handbook of the Sociology of Emotion, Volume II, edited by J.E. Stets and J.H. Turner. New York: Springer.

Lively, Kathryn J. and Emi A. Weed. 2014. "Emotion Management: Sociological Insight into What, How, Why and To What End?" Emotion Review 6 (3): 202-207.

Lively, Kathryn J. 2013. “Age and Its Effect on the Experience and Management of Emotion.” Advances in Group Processes 30: 231-265.  

Kent L. Sandstrom, Kathryn J. Lively, Daniel D. Martin and Gary Alan Fine. 2013 Selves, Symbols, and Society. 4th Edition. Oxford University Press.

Lively, Kathryn J. 2013. "Social and Cultural Influences: Gender Effects on Emotion Labor at Work and at Home." In Alicia Grandey, James A. Diefendorff, and Deborah Rupp (Eds.). Emotional Labor in the 21st Century: Diverse Perspectives on Emotion Regulation at Work. New York, NY: Psychology Press/Routledge.

Lively, Kathryn J., Lala Steelman, and Brian Powell. 2010. “Equity, Emotion, and the Household Division of Labor.” Social Psychology Quarterly 73: 358-379.

Simon, Robin W. and Kathryn J. Lively. 2010. “Investigating the Relationships Among Sex, Anger, and Depression.”  Social Forces 88: 1543-1568.

Cheng, Simon and Kathryn J. Lively.  2009. “Multiracial Self-identification and Adolescent Outcomes: Revisiting the Marginal Man Thesis.”  Social Forces 88: 61-98.

Lively, Kathryn J. 2008. “Emotional Segueing and the Management of Emotion, By Women and Men.”Social Forces 87:911-36.

Lively, Kathryn J., Brian Powell, Glaudia Geist, and Lala Carr Steelman. 2008. "Inequity among Intimates."in Karen Hegtvedt and Jody Clay-Warner [Eds.] Advances in Group Processes 25: 87-116.

Lively, Kathryn J. and Brian Powell. 2006.  "Emotional Expression at Work and at Home: Domain, Status or Individual Characteristics?" Social Psychology Quarterly 69: 17-38.

Lively, Kathryn J. and David R. Heise.  2004.  “Sociological Realms of Emotional Experience.” American Journal of Sociology 109:1109-36.  

Lively, Kathryn J.  2002. “Client Contact and Emotional Labor: Upsetting the Balance and Evening the Field.”  Work and Occupations, Vol 29: 198-225.

Lively, Kathryn J.  2001. “Occupational Claims to Professionalism: The Case of Paralegals.”  Symbolic Interaction. Vol. 24: 343-66.  

Lively, Kathryn J.  2000. “Reciprocal Emotion Management: Working Together to Maintain Stratification in Private Law Firms."  Work and Occupations.  Vol. 27: 32-63

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Works in progress

Celeste Campos-Castillo and Kathryn J. Lively. “Does Role Atypicality Make Diffuse Status Characteristics Salient?” 

Kathryn J. Lively and Celeste Campos-Castillo. "Why Declining Trust in Medicine? An Affect Cntrol Theory Perspective."

Linda E. Francis and Kathryn J. Lively. "Affect Control Theory as a Qualitative Analysis Schema."

Kathryn J. Lively. "Affective Sentiment Change in an Online Weightloss Community."