Qualitative Field Research
Gender & Society
Symbolic Interaction/Social Psychology
Race, Class, & Gender in Film
Work & Occupations
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
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).