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Sociology & Anthropology

College of Arts & Sciences

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Martha  Copp Ph.D.

Professor and Graduate Studies Coordinator
423-439-7056 /
Rogers-Stout 223H


Social Problems 
Qualitative Field Research 
Gender & Society
Symbolic Interaction/Social Psychology
Race, Class, & Gender in Film
Work & Occupations
Urban Ethnography
Teaching Sociology


I’m currently writing about popular rhetorics of resistance to non-sexist language, with Sherryl Kleinman (UNC Chapel Hill) and Kalah Wilson (North Carolina State University). My areas of research interest are the reproduction of social inequalities, social identities, qualitative methods, the sociology of work, and the sociology of emotions. I’m also interested in how scholars in a variety of academic fields engage in collaborative research—the norms, benefits, costs, and unexpected turns. I enjoy encouraging students (and myself) to practice sociological mindfulness in and out of the classroom. I serve as the graduate studies coordinator for our MA program in sociology and have chaired approximately 30 MA thesis committees.


Emotions in Fieldwork

Fields, Jessica and Martha Copp. 2015. "Striving for Empathy: Affinities, Alliances, and Peer Sexuality Educators." Sex Education 15(2):188-203.      

Kleinman, Sherryl and Martha Copp. 2009. "Denying Social Harm: Students' Resistance to Lessons about Inequality." Teaching Sociology 37(3):283-293.

Copp, Martha and Sherryl Kleinman. 2008. "Practicing What We Teach: Feminist Strategies for Teaching about Sexism." Feminist Teacher 18(2):101-124.

Fields, Jessica, Martha Copp, and Sherryl Kleinman. 2006. "Symbolic Interactionism, Inequality, and Emotions." Pp. 155-178 in Handbook of the Sociology of Emotions, edited by Jan E. Stets and Jonathan H. Turner. New York: Springer.

Kleinman, Sherryl, Martha Copp, and Kent L. Sandstrom. 2006. "Making Sexism Visible: Birdcages, Martians, and Pregnant Men." Teaching Sociology 34(2):126-142.

Copp, Martha. 2004. "Negotiated Order." Pp. 525-529 in The Encyclopedia of Social Theory, edited by George Ritzer. Sage.

Copp, Martha. 1998. "Adult 'Adolescents': Social Control of Sexuality and Adulthood in People with Developmental Disabilities." Sociological Analysis 1(3):113-135.

Copp, Martha. 1998. "When Emotion Work is Doomed to Fail: Ideological and Structural Constraints on Emotion Management." Symbolic Interaction 21(3):299-328.

Kleinman, Sherryl, Martha Copp, and Karla Henderson. 1997. "Qualitatively Different: Teaching Fieldwork to Graduate Students." Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 25(4):469-99.

Kleinman, Sherryl and Martha Copp.1993. Emotions and Fieldwork. Sage. (Translated into Japanese, 2006).

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