Elizabeth Grossman

Title: Graduate Student, Associate Lecturer
Dept/Program: Sociology
Office: Olin Hall 261
Phone: (330) 972-7481
Email: eg12@uakron.edu


Since my Masters’ thesis I have been interested in the role that social capital plays in the lives, behavior and decisions of people from different groups. I have pursued this line of inquiry into my Ph.D. studies, focusing on the part that different socio-demographic groups’ (based in race, class and gender) experiences play on social capital.

My dissertation is an outgrowth of my interests in social networks and specifically social capital and its association to a variety of important outcomes including inequality. The dissertation attempts to address what I see as a major gap in the study of social capital. Although studies have drawn on various theories of social capital and some have even focused on measurement issues, none have attempted to: (1) examine major theories of social capital to identify points of comparison and contrast; (2)operationalize social capital in ways that are theoretically consistent with each approach; and (3) examine each corresponding theoretically structured empirical model to determine the extent to which they capture the meaningful experience of social capital among different socio-demographic groups. Thus, the purpose of this dissertation is to explore the form and function of social capital both theoretically and empirically in order to better understand social capital within the context of socio-demographic groups including race, gender and class. This project will provide a unique opportunity for a detailed examination of the applicability of social capital to different groups. In addition, the findings of my dissertation can be applied to future research which I hope to pursue. 


Research Accomplishments


The Patricia Conley Peer Mentoring Award, Alpha Kappa Delta, Mu Chapter, 2007

Research/Teaching Interests:

Research: Social Inequality (Race, Class, and Gender), Sociological Theory, Social Capital, Social Support, Stress Process.

Teaching: Sociological Theory, Race Relations, Inequality and Work, Sociological Methods, Introduction to Sociology, Social Inequality, Elementary Social Statistics, Social Change, Social Networks, Sociology of Religion.


C. André Christie-Mizell, Erin Pryor, and Elizabeth R. B. Grossman. 2008. “Child Depressive Symptoms, Spanking, and Emotional Support: Differences Between African Americans and European American Youth.” (Forthcoming in Family Relations).


2007 C. André Christie-Mizell, Elizabeth R. B. Grossman, and Erin Pryor. “The Moderating Effects of Social Capital on Maternal Depression.” Presented at the MSS/NCSA meeting, Regular Session on Motherhood in Context I: Structure, Ideology and Practice, Chicago, April.

2006 C. André Christie-Mizell, Erin Pryor, and Elizabeth R. B. Grossman. “Child and Adolescent Depression: The Consequences of Race, Spanking, Maternal Depression, and Emotional Support.” Presented at the annual meetings of the Association of Black Sociologists, Regular Session on Race and Health, Montreal Canada, August.

2006 Grossman, Elizabeth. “Race and the Perception of Threat from Terrorism in the United States.” Presented at the annual meeting of the North Central Sociological Association, Regular Session on Understanding and Addressing Hatred & Terrorism, Indianapolis, IN, March.

2005 Grossman, Elizabeth. “Community Connectedness and a Social Profile Related to High-Risk Activism for Social Change: A Study of American Men in 1969.” Presented at the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association, Open Refereed Roundtables, Philadelphia, PA, August.


The University of South Carolina, B.A., College of Journalism and Mass Communications, 2001.The University of South Carolina, M.A., Sociology, 2004