Jeff Lucas

Professor & BSOS Associate Dean for Research

Jeff Lucas is Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. He received his B.B.A. in Business Administration (1992) and PhD in Sociology (2000) from the University of Iowa. He joined the Maryland faculty in 2004. He teaches courses in the department on social psychology, research methods, group processes, and leadership. Professor Lucas carries out basic research on fundamental social processes. He is particularly interested in power, status, and leadership, especially as they are relevant in organizations. Much of Professor Lucas's research is experimental, and he operates an experimental laboratory located in the Department of Sociology. A number of graduate and undergraduate students in the department are involved in designing and carrying out studies in the lab. Professor Lucas's current research includes projects examining (1) how leaders help shape cultures that promote ethical behavior (with Paul Hanges in UMD's Department of Psychology, collaborators at each of the major military service academies, and student collaborators, funded by the Army Research Institute), (2) how perceptions of ability affect attachment to rules, procedure, and tradition (with Wes Huey, Marek Posard, Gordon Rinderknecht, and Michael Lovaglia), (3) how status affects perceptions of the legitimacy of power (with Kristin Kerns and Michael Lovaglia), (4) effects of social structure on cognitive orientation, trust, and commitment in groups in the United States and China (with Carmi Schooler, Marek Posard, Hsiang-Yuan Ho, and Delei Zhao, funded by the National Science Foundation), (5) stigma- and status-related consequences of mental illness diagnoses (with Jo Phelan), and (5) replications of experiments on gender norms and gendered behavior in an age-restricted retirement community (with Hsiang-Yuan Ho and Mollie Greenberg, funded by the National Science Foundation).
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Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus
SOCY 699D Special Social Problems; Contemporary Sociological Methods Fall 2014 Syllabus
4137 Art/Sociology Building
Department of Sociology
Phone: (301) 405-6435