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Sociology & Anthropology

College of Arts & Sciences

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Martha  Copp Ph.D.

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


My current research involves sociological analysis of popular resistance to non-sexist language, with Sherryl Kleinman (UNC Chapel Hill) and Kalah Wilson (North Carolina State University); the framing of manhood in collegiate basketball in Sports Illustrated, with Kalah Wilson; and anti-urban depictions of people and public spaces in a popular single-player video game, with Christopher Becker (Castleton Polling Institute). As these brief project descriptions and past publications indicate, I enjoy collaborative research and writing projects. I'm interested in how scholars in a variety of academic fields engage in collaborative research—the norms, benefits, costs, and unexpected turns.


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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