Eric Stone is a doctoral student and graduate assistant at the University of Maryland, College Park. Currently, he serves as a teaching assistant in the Department of Sociology and as a research assistant for the School of Public Health. His current research examines time use differences by sexuality and the experiences and well-being of sexual minorities and same-sex families. More specifically, Eric is currently developing a second-year paper focusing on differences by relationship type (same-sex versus different-sex) in leisure time quantity and quality using data from the American Time Use Survey (ATUS). Additionally, Eric is collaborating with fellow graduate student, Hannah Kleman, to collect data on the mental health outcomes of sexual minority veterans, and is collaborating with Dr. Long Doan to evaluate “outness” as a mediator to healthcare access among LGB adults using data from the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG).

Eric received his B.A. in sociology from Hood College where he successfully completed a departmental honors thesis on the stigmatized identity management strategies employed by and the identity-specific obstacles to outreach service access experienced by diverse lower-income/homeless clients. During his undergraduate education, he received an SRI-funded grant to conduct research at the National Library of France in Paris on the transformative role of American erotica and the luxury industry on popular understandings of Islamic veils and Muslim womanhood.

Areas of Interest

  • Stratification
  • Gender, Work, and Family


  • BA
    Sociology, Hood College, 2016
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Parren J. Mitchell Art-Sociology Building, Room 3108
Department of Sociology
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