Assistant Professor, Sociology
- Ph.D., Ohio State University
- M.A., Ohio State University
- B.A., John Carroll University
In his research, Joseph Merry primarily investigates class-based and racial/ethnic inequalities in education. In particular, previous work examines educational influences from three major areas: the family, schools, and the realm of academic-oriented activities that occur outside of formal schooling, such as private tutoring. Additional lines of research include the association between siblings during childhood and social outcomes in adulthood as well as comparative analyses of attitudes toward economic inequality.
- Merry, Joseph J. and Maria Paino. Forthcoming. “Sociology of Education.” in the Wiley Blackwell Companion to Sociology, edited by George Ritzer and Wendy Wiedenhoft Murphy. Wiley-Blackwell.
- Kelly, Katie, Joseph J. Merry, and Madeline Gonzalez*. 2018. “Trust, Collaboration, and Well-Being: Lessons Learned from Finland” Southeast Regional Association of Teacher Educators (SRATE) 27(2): 34-39.
- Yoon, Aimee and Joseph J. Merry. 2017. “Understanding the Role of Schools in the Asian-White Gap: A Seasonal Comparison Approach.” Race Ethnicity and Education.
- 2016 Research Paper Award, Asia and Asian America Section of the American Sociological Society
- Kołczyńska, Marta and Joseph J. Merry. 2016. “Preferred Levels of Income Inequality in a Period of Systemic Change: Poland 1988-2003.” Polish Sociological Review 194(2): 171-189.
- Reprinted as “Preferred Levels of Income Inequality in a Period of Systemic Change” Pp. 205-226 in Dynamics of Social Structure: Poland’s Transformative Years 1988-2013, edited by Kazimierz M. Slomczynski and Irina Tomescu-Dubrow. Warsaw, Poland: IFiS Publishers
- Merry, Joseph J., Claudia Buchmann and Dennis J. Condron. 2016. “Learning Outside of School: The Implications of Shadow Education for Seasonal Learning Patterns.” Pp. 131-145 in Summer Slide: What We Know and Can Do About Summer Learning Loss, edited by Karl Alexander, Matthew Boulay, and Sarah Pitcock. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
- Park, Hyunjoon, Claudia Buchmann, Jaesung Choi, and Joseph J. Merry. 2016. “Learning Beyond the School Walls: Trends and Implications.” Annual Review of Sociology 42: 231-252.
- Bobbitt-Zeher, Donna, Douglas B. Downey, and Joseph J. Merry. 2014 (online first, in print 2016). “Number of Siblings During Childhood and the Likelihood of Divorce in Adulthood.” Journal of Family Issues 37(15): 2076-2094.
- Merry, Joseph J. 2013. “Tracing the U.S. Deficit in PISA Reading Skills to Early Childhood: Evidence from the U.S. and Canada.” Sociology of Education 86 (3): 234-252.
- Stevenson Graduate Student Paper Award, Sociology of Education Section of the American Sociological Association.
- Maureen T. Hallinan Graduate Student Paper Award (2nd Place), American Educational Research Association.