Freda B. Lynn


Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies

Department of Sociology & Criminology

University of Iowa




:: research ::          


Felix, Elizabeth and Freda B. Lynn. “Mental Health Stigma and Social Contact Revisited: The Role of Network Closeness and Negativity.” Forthcoming in Society and Mental Health.


Lynn, Freda B. and Hannah Espy. “Cumulative Advantage.” Forthcoming in G. Manzo (Ed.) Research Handbook on Analytical Sociology. Edward Elgar.


Miller, Graham N.S., Freda B. Lynn, and Laila I. McCloud. 2021. “By Lack of Reciprocity: Positioning Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the Organizational Field of Higher EducationThe Journal of Higher Education 92 (2): 194–226.


Noonan, Mary C., Lynn, Freda B., and Walker, Mark H. 2020. “Boxed In: Beliefs about the Compatibility and Likability of Mother-Occupation and Father-Occupation Role CombinationsSocius.


Azoulay, Pierre and Freda B. Lynn. 2020. “Self-Citation, Cumulative Advantage, and Gender Inequality in ScienceSociological Science 7:152-186. [NBER Working Paper 26893]


Lynn, Freda B., Mary C. Noonan, Michael Sauder, and Matthew Andersson. 2019. “A Rare Case of Gender Parity in Academia Social Forces 98(2): 518–547.


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 HierarchyAmerican 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 MarketSocial 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 QualitySociological Science 3: 239–263.


Ashida, Sato, Freda B. Lynn, Natalie Williams, and Ellen Schaefer. 2016. “Competing Infant Feeding Information in Mothers’ NetworksPublic Health Nutrition 19: 1200–10.


Lynn, Freda B. 2014. “Diffusing through Disciplines: Insiders, Outsiders, and Socially Influenced Citation BehaviorSocial Forces 93: 355–382. Supplementary File: Appendix B


Walker, Mark and Freda B. Lynn.  2013. “The Embedded Self: A Social Networks Approach to Identity TheorySocial 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 SociologyAnnual 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 QualityAmerican 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. 554–565. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


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


Lieberson, Stanley and Freda B. Lynn. 2002. “Barking Up the Wrong Branch: Scientific Alternatives to the Current Model of Sociological ScienceAnnual 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 ::    


Fabien Accominotti, Freda B. Lynn, and Michael Sauder. “How Status Hierarchies Vary and Why this Matters for Inequality.”


Lynn, Freda B., Olga A. Novoselova, and Michael Sauder. “From Publication to Contribution. Illustrating Four Pathways to Prominence.”