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September-November 2020

Introducing the New Editors of Social Psychology Quarterly

Jane Sell, Texas A&M University

I am excited to introduce Drs. Jody Clay-Warner, Dawn T. Robinson, and Justine Tinkler as the new editors of Social Psychology Quarterly. I have known all three of these scholars since they were graduate students. All three have been active in the Social Psychology section of the American Sociological Association. As graduate students and throughout their careers, they have absolutely shone by the questions they asked, the answers they proffered, and the enthusiasm they radiated. Some of the most intellectually intriguing and challenging conversations I’ve been part of throughout the years have been with these three.

We are fortunate to have all three editors of the journal at the University of Georgia, where the department has a well-deserved reputation for nurturing different strands of social psychology. They will become the 26th editorial team. As Dawn Robinson has noted, Social Psychology Quarterly led the field in the establishment of editorial teams rather than individuals, which is so appropriate given the subject matter of social psychology. It is especially fortuitous because these three editors represent different perspectives and engage in many different methods within the field.

In 1979, the well-known social psychologist Dorwin Cartwright wrote an important and reflective article “Contemporary Social Psychology in Historical Perspective,” which was published in Social Psychology Quarterly. The article discussed how different historical contexts (such as World War II) spurred growth in social psychology and also focused scholarly attention on some topics and excluded others. On the whole, this article reflected his optimism about the field, but he also worried. The basis for his apprehension was “the susceptibility to fads and fashion, the obsession with technique, the reliance on a single method of research…” It is absolutely clear to me that these three editors understand and fight against what Cartwright termed these “symptoms of immaturity.” 

I highlight each of the editors below.

Jody Clay-Warner

Jody Clay-Warner

Jody Clay-Warner received her PhD from Emory University. She advanced from an assistant to a full professor at the University of Georgia and, along the way, garnered a series of honors that reflected her many contributions. She is currently the Meigs Distinguished Professor of Sociology. She has received many teaching and mentoring awards including, most recently, an award from the Southern Sociological Association in 2019 for her distinguished contributions to teaching. She was the Georgia Sociologist of the Year for 2017. She is and has been an important contributor in times of service: she has served as the director of graduate studies and she was the department head of the department. Giving all this attention to teaching and service has not slowed down her research. 

Broadly speaking, Jody’s research focuses on injustice and peoples’ responses to injustice. This focus allows her to deftly reach across many areas including procedural justice, victims’ responses to injustice (and crime), and legal issues related to sexual violence. She has published many manuscripts in Social Psychology Quarterly that reach across her fields. Her research on violence appears in a variety of journals including Violence and Victims, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Violence Against Women, and Criminal Justice and Behavior. Her research on violence has been sponsored by the U.S. Department of State through several (extremely large) grants and she has been awarded multiple grants from the National Science Foundation.

Dawn T. Robinson

Dawn T. Robinson

Dawn T. Robinson received her PhD from Cornell University. She was a faculty member at Louisiana State University and the University of Iowa before coming to the University of Georgia. She is currently Professor of Sociology and Fellow in the Owens Institute of Behavioral Research at the University of Georgia. At Georgia, she founded and now co-directs the Laboratory for the Study of Social Interaction and the Computational Social Science Work Group. In 2009, she was selected as a Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences.

Her research centers on emotion, especially on how identity is affected by context and interactions. In particular, she has been active in theoretical and methodological advancements within the area of Affect Control Theory. As an example, along with her colleagues, she has been involved in the painstaking process of developing new cultural “dictionaries” that enable whole groups of cross-cultural studies. Dawn has always been interested in, and a proponent of, exploring different methodologies and analysis techniques. In particular, she has worked on developing a variety of measurement tools for assessing emotions. These include physiological measures as well as attitudinal and behavioral measures.

She has published in a wide array of outlets including the American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Annual Review of Sociology, Advances in Group Processes, and Social Science Research. Her 2008 book with Jody Clay-Warner, Social Structure and Emotion,  garnered the 2010 Book Award from ASA’s Emotions section.

In support of her research, Dawn has received grants from National Science Foundation, the Army Research Office, and the Office of Naval Research.

Justine Tinkler

Justine Tinkler

Justine Tinkler received her PhD from Stanford University and was a faculty member at Louisiana State University before coming to Georgia. She is currently Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator of Sociology at the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on the micro and macro forces that contribute to inequality on the basis of gender, race and ethnicity. In pursuit of this focus, she has also examined how policies either do or do not contribute to advancing rights. She has employed experiments, surveys, participant observation and interviews in her studies. 

Her influential articles have appeared in the American Sociological Review, Social Psychology Quarterly, Social Science Research and Law and Social Inquiry. She was recently honored with the Katharine Jocher-Belle Boone Beard Award by the Honors Committee of the Southern Sociological Society. The award recognizes distinguished scholarly contributions to the understanding of gender and society

Justine’s work on sexual harassment and Title IX issues has catapulted her into different media and both scholarly and popular press. These outlets include the New York Times, Washington Post, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the BBC.