Ellen Lamont, Ph.D.

Ellen Lamont is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University, an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. 

 Her research examines how gender and sexuality shape intimate relationships in a variety of contexts. 

 She is the author of The Mating Game: How Gender Still Shapes How We Date with University of California Press. Her work has been published in Gender & SocietyMen & Masculinities, and Sociological Forum and covered by news outlets such as The Atlantic, BBC, Cosmopolitan, and The New York Times

 She is currently working on a new project on gender, work, and family in Appalachia funded by grants from the American Sociological Association and the University Research Council.

 Ellen teaches courses on gender, family, and intimate relationships. She was inducted into the College of Arts and Sciences Academy of Outstanding Teachers in 2018 and awarded Teacher of the Year in 2019. She is currently the honors coordinator for the department.

 Courses Taught:

Constructions of Gender
Sociology of Families
Sociology of Intimate Relationships
Women, Crime, and the Justice System

Research Interests:

Gender, Sexuality, and Intimate Relationships
Dating and Courtship
LGBTQ Hookup Culture
In-depth Interviewing

Recent Publications

Lamont, Ellen. 2021. "The Persistence of Gendered Dating." Sociology Compass, 15(11), e12933. https://doi.org/10.1111/soc4.12933

Lamont, Ellen.  2020, The Mating Game: How Gender Still Shapes How We Date. Oakland, CA: University of California Press.

Lamont, Ellen, Teresa Roach, and Sope Kahn. 2018. "Navigating Campus Hookup Culture: LGBTQ Students and College Hookups".  Sociological Forum 33(4): 1000-1022.

Lamont, Ellen. 2017. "'We Can Write the Script Ourselves':  Queer Challenges to Heteronormative Dating and Courtship Practices."  Gender & Society 31(5): 624-646.

Lamont, Ellen, 2014. "Negotiating Courtship: Reconciling Egalitarian Ideals with Traditional Gender Norms".  Gender & Society 28(2): 189-211.

Title: Associate Professor, Honors Coordinator
Department: Department of Sociology

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-7658

Office address
204C Chapell Wilson Hall


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