Eric Stone is a doctoral candidate at the University of Maryland, College Park. His research is situated in the realm of family, health, and aging – with an emphasis on the experiences of gender and sexual minority populations. Eric primarily uses quantitative methods to identify and explore patterns of inequality (and their consequences). His second-year paper focused on amounts and types of leisure as behavioral indicators of health and social integration. Using 2003-2017 American Time Use Survey (ATUS) data, he examined leisure activity differences between men and women in same-sex and different-sex couples. Currently, Eric is collaborating with Dr. Long Doan to explore the relationship between doctor-patient discussions about sexual orientation and patients' access to HIV and STI testing. Other current projects include examining the stratification of end-of-life planning for LGBTQ+ older adults, identifying predictors of PrEP awareness, and developing best practices for collecting sex, gender and sexual orientation data among South Asian populations. Eric is also an advocate for public sociology and an active contributor to Contexts (a quarterly magazine of the American Sociological Association aimed at making social science research accessible to the general public).

Areas of Interest

  • Aging and the Life Course
  • Gender and Sexual Minority Populations
  • Gender, Work, and Family
  • Medical Sociology
  • Stratification


  • M.A.
    Sociology, University of Maryland-College Park, 2019
  • B.A.
    Sociology, Hood College, 2016
Eric Stone
Parren J. Mitchell Art-Sociology Building, Room 3108
Department of Sociology
estone12 [at]