Justin Maietta is a second-year Ph.D. Student in the Sociology department at the University of Maryland (College Park). His research interests include Identity Processes, Chronic Illness Experience, Social Stress, and social processes in the realm of Sport. Currently, his research is focused on how the illness experiences of persons living with Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes differ with regard to identity processes, biographical disruption, and social stress. He is also working with Dr. Rashawn Ray on a project that explores the salience of several points of attachment when identifying with organizations, including race, gender, success, and geographical proximity. He currently works as a Teaching Assistant for the Sociology of Health and Illness course (SOCY 335), taught by Dr. Alex Parkhouse. He has also worked as a Teaching Assistant for the Social Stratification and Inequality course (SOCY 441), taught by Dr. John Pease. While earning a B.A. in Sociology at Stony Brook University, he successfully completed an honors thesis about the influence of pay on performance in professional team sports.

Areas of Interest

  • Social Psychology
  • Chronic Illness and Social Stress


  • BA
    in Sociology, Stony Brook University
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Department of Sociology
jmaietta [at] umd.edu