Christin Munsch (Ph.D., Cornell University) joined the Furman sociology faculty in 2013. Her teaching interests include social psychology, gender, sexuality, family, work and research methods.

Professor Munsch’s work has been published in a number of scholarly journals including Violence Against Women, Journal of Marriage and Family, and Work and Occupations; as well as in more mainstream publications including CNN, The New York Times, and Glamour magazine. The underlying goal of her research is to demonstrate how social psychological processes reproduce gender stratification and inequality. For example, her dissertation examined why young men are disproportionately more likely than young women to engage in a host of adverse behaviors including violence, drinking, risk-taking, and infidelity. She addressed this question with three methodologically diverse studies and found that, under conditions of gender identity threat, men are more likely to engage in adverse behaviors culturally associated with masculinity.

In a second course of research, Professor Munsch examines the social psychological underpinnings of the flexibility bias—that is, stigmatization against those who seek flexible work—and its consequences for gender inequality in the workplace.

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Introduction to Sociology

Introduction to the sociological perspective on human behavior, including an analysis of theory, research methods, culture, society, personality, the socialization process, social institutions and social change.


Sociology of Cntmp Families

Examining historical and current variation in the institution of the family, the construction of the ideal" family and the impact of this construction for how the family as an institution both contributes to social order and perpetuates inequality. Marriage


Sociology of Gender

Analysis of the role of gender in society. Exploration of the ways gender differences are culturally reproduced transforming male and female biology into masculinity and femininity. Historical and cross-cultural examples are examined as well as a discussion of the nature/nurture debate. Consideration of the influences of the family, media and language are included. Additional attention is paid to the role of gender in the social institutions (e.g., education, work, health care).


Methods of Social Research

Introduction to the basic techniques of social research including both quantitative and qualitative methods. Focus will be on strategies for conducting effective and valid research, as well as evaluating and critiquing social research. Team-based research projects are developed which are then completed in SOC-303


Quantitative Research Seminar

Continuing introduction to basic techniques of statistics including descriptive and inferential statistics with an emphasis on the application and critical consumption of statistics. Completion of quantitative research project begun in SOC 302.

  • Munsch, Christin L., Cecilia L. Ridgeway, and Joan C. Williams. Forthcoming. “Pluralistic Ignorance and the Flexibility Bias: Understanding and Mitigating Flextime and Flexplace Bias at Work.Work & Occupations
  • Munsch, Christin L. 2013. "Designing Utopia: Teaching Gender through the Creation of 'Hisland" pp. 123–132 in Activities for Teaching Gender and Sexuality in the University Classroom, Michael Murphy and Elizabeth Ribarsky (eds.) Rowman & Littlefield
  • Munsch, Christin L. and Robb Willer. 2012. "The Role of Gender Identity Threat in Perceptions of Date Rape and Sexual Coercion." Violence Against Women 18: 1125-1146
  • Pillemer, Karl, Christin L. Munsch, Thomas E. Fuller-Rowell, Catherine Riffin and J. Jill Suitor. 2012. "Ambivalence toward Adult Children: Differences between Mothers and Fathers." Journal of Marriage and Family 74: 1101-1103
  • Munsch, Christin L. 2012. "The Science of Two-Timing: The State of Infidelity Research." Sociology Compass 6: 46-59
  • Munsch, Christin L. and Elizabeth Hirsh. 2010. "Gender Variance in the Fortune 500: The Inclusion of Gender Identity and Expression in Nondiscrimination Corporate Policy." pp. 151-177 in Research on the Sociology of Work: Gender and Sexuality in the Workplace, Christine Williams (ed.) JAI/Elsevier Press.
  • Aaronette White Scholarship, National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity
  • SAGE and Pine Forge Teaching Innovations & Professional Development Award, Section on Teaching and Learning, American Sociological Association
  • Robert McGinnis Best Paper Award for “Economic Dependence, Gender, and Infidelity,” Department of Sociology, Cornell University
  • Activism Award, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center, Cornell University
  • Russell Sage Fellowship 2008-2009, Cornell University
  • Russell Sage Fellowship 2004-2005, Cornell University
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • University Service Award, Virginia Commonwealth University
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