Freda B. Lynn


Associate Professor

Department of Sociology

University of Iowa

W143 Seashore Hall

Iowa City, IA 52242





:: research ::              


Lynn, Freda B., Mary C. Noonan, Michael Sauder, and Matthew Andersson. 2019. “A Rare Case of Gender Parity in Academia.” Social Forces. Published online, January 2019.


Novoselova, Olga A., Freda B. Lynn, and Graham N. S. Miller. 2019. “Controlled, Verified, and Understood: Identity and Status in the Field of Higher Education,” In J. E. Stets and R. T. Serpe (eds.) Identities in Everyday Life, pp. 289–308. New York: Oxford University Press.


Lynn, Freda B. and George Ellerbach. 2017. “Position with a View: Status and the Construction of the Occupational Hierarchy.” American Sociological Review 82: 32–58. 


Lynn, Freda B., Mark Walker, and Colin Peterson. 2016. “Is Popular More Likeable? Choice Status by Intrinsic Appeal in an Experimental Music Market.” Social Psychology Quarterly 79: 168–180.


Lynn, Freda B., Brent Simpson, Mark H. Walker, and Colin Peterson. 2016. “Why is the Pack Persuasive? The Effect of Choice Status on Perceptions of Quality.” Sociological Science 3: 239–263.


Ashida, Sato, Freda B. Lynn, Natalie Williams, and Ellen Schaefer. 2016. “Competing Infant Feeding Information in Mothers’ Networks.” Public Health Nutrition 19:120010.


Lynn, Freda B. 2014. “Diffusing through Disciplines: Insiders, Outsiders, and Socially Influenced Citation Behavior.” Social Forces 93: 355382. Supplementary File: Appendix B


Walker, Mark and Freda B. Lynn.  2013. “The Embedded Self: A Social Networks Approach to Identity Theory.” Social Psychology Quarterly 76:151–179.


Lynn, Freda B., Barbara Schneider, and Zhenmei Zhang. 2013. “The Changing Relationship between Fertility Expectations and Educational Expectations: Adolescents in the 1970s versus the 1980s.Journal of Family Issues 34: 1147–1174.


Sauder, Michael, Freda B. Lynn, and Joel Podolny. 2012. “Status: Insights from Organizational Sociology.” Annual Review of Sociology 38:267–283.


Lynn, Freda B., Joel Podolny, and Lin Tao. 2009. “A Sociological (De)Construction of the Relationship between Status and Quality.” American Journal of Sociology 115:755–804.


Podolny, Joel and Freda B. Lynn. 2009. “Status.” In Peter Hedstrom and Peter Bearman (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Analytical Sociology, pp. 554565. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Lieberson, Stanley and Freda B. Lynn. 2003. “Popularity as a Taste: An Application to the Naming Process.” Onoma 38:235–276.


Lieberson, Stanley and Freda B. Lynn. 2002. “Barking Up the Wrong Branch: Scientific Alternatives to the Current Model of Sociological Science.” Annual Review of Sociology 28:1–19. Reprinted in Quantitative Social Science: Volume I, Ed. Scott, Jacqueline and Yu Xie. London: Sage Press, 2005, pp.49-62.



:: grants ::                 


2019    National Science Foundation. “Mapping the Many Pathways (In and Out) of the Postsecondary STEM Pipeline.” PI, $233,989. With Katherine Broton and Yongren Shi.

2013    National Science Foundation. “Biographies of Scientific Ideas: The Diffusion of Knowledge in Medicine and Sociology.” PI, $159,234. With Michael Sauder.



:: in progress ::         


Lynn, Freda B., Olga A. Novoselova, and Michael Sauder. “Pathways of Incorporation: Four Case Studies of Citation Audiences.”


Mary C. Noonan, Freda B. Lynn and Mark Walker. “Cultural Perceptions of Role Compatibility: Mothers, Fathers, and Occupational Roles.”


Felix, Elizabeth and Freda B. Lynn. “Mental Health Stigma and Social Contact Revisited: How Positive and Negative Ties Shape Explicit Attitudes.”


Miller, Graham N.S., Freda B. Lynn, and Laila I. McCloud. “By Lack of Reciprocity: Historically Black Colleges and Universities and their Position in the Field of Higher Education.”


Lynn, Freda B., Elizabeth Felix, Kathryn Rittenhour, and Carrie Stallings. “Constructing Identities around Competence? Test versus Interest Gaps in Math and Reading.”


Walker, Mark and Freda B. Lynn. “Eliciting Egocentric Networks: An Experimental Test of Three Methods.”



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