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Lisa Dilks, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor - Sociology


Lisa Dilks is an Assistant Professor of Sociology. She received a B.A in women’s studies and M.A. in sociology from the University of Wyoming and an M.S. in statistics and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Dilks is a structural social psychologist with research in three specific, but interrelated, areas including the origins of, implications for, and remedies to social inequalities based on status and identity differences, the interaction of gender with individual and structural factors to create diversity in social outcomes; and structural embeddedness (i.e., the influence of other actors and social institutions on group and individual behavior). Within each of these areas, her work is primarily quantitative, often employing experimental and quasi-experimental methods along with the utilization of large, secondary data sets.

Dr. Dilks is also a member of the WVU ADVANCE project, designed to increase the recruitment, retention, and promotion of women in STEM fields and develop innovative and sustainable ways to promote gender equity in academia. This project is funded by a $3.2 million ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Grant from the National Science Foundation. As senior personnel, she is responsible for the collection, management and analysis of a myriad of quantitative data sources produced by the grant. Additionally, her theoretical background in social psychology and group processes has contributed to the project’s Dialogues program, aimed at promoting positive departmental climates and facilitating more constructive interactions among faculty colleagues.

Dr. Dilks teaches undergraduate courses in gender and social psychology along with graduate-level courses in statistical methods.

Selected Publications

Lisa M. Dilks, Tucker McGrimmon, and Shane Thye. “Status, Emotional Displays, and the Relationally-Based Evaluation of Criminals and Their Behavior.” Social Science Research 50:246-263.

Melissa Latimer, Kasi Jackson, Lisa M. Dilks Jim Nolan, and Leslie Tower. “Organizational Change and Gender Equity in Academia: Using Dialogical Change to Promote Positive Departmental Climates."  Advances in Gender Research 19:333-353. 

Lisa M. Dilks, Shane Thye, and Patricia Taylor. “Socializing Economic Theories of Discrimination: Lessons from Survivor.” Social Science Research 39:1164-1180. 

Courses Taught