Jan E. Stets
Jan E. Stets

Professor & Co-Chair

Office: 2140 Watkins Hall
Phone: (951) 827-3424
Chair’s Office Phone: (951) 827-6474
Fax: (951) 827-3330
E-mail: jan.stets@ucr.edu

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Curriculum Vitae


Jan E. Stets is a sociological social psychologist. She is Director of the Social Psychology Research Laboratory. She is past Director of the Sociology Program at the National Science Foundation, and past editor of the ASA journal, Social Psychology Quarterly. She received her PhD in sociology from Indiana University in 1987. Following a one-year NIMH Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of New Hampshire, she held the positions of assistant and associate professor at Washington State University. In 2002, she moved to the University of California, Riverside as full professor.

Professor Stets is a micro-theorist. She works in the areas of self and identity, emotions, morality, and social exchange. She uses identity theory to understand individuals’ self-views, emotions, moral sensibilities, and exchange behaviors within and across situations. Her research primarily employs experimental and survey designs, and her analytic approach is quantitative.

She is the author of seven books and over 60 articles and book chapters. Recent books include New Directions in Identity Theory and Research (with Richard T. Serpe, Oxford University Press, 2016), Handbook of the Sociology of Emotions, Volume II (with Jonathan H. Turner, Springer Press, 2014), and Identity Theory (with Peter J. Burke, Oxford University Press, 2009). The Sociology of Emotions (with Jonathan H. Turner, Cambridge University Press, 2005) has been translated into Japanese, Croatian, Polish, and Chinese. Her book, Handbook of the Sociology of Emotions (with Jonathan H. Turner, Springer Press, 2006), received the 2008 Outstanding Recent Contribution Award from the ASA Section on Emotions. In 2010, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the ASA Emotions Section. In 2015, she received the Distinguished Contribution to Sociological Perspectives Award from the Pacific Sociological Association for her article “Self-Esteem and Identities (with Peter J. Burke).

She is the recipient of NSF grants, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, and a member of the Sociological Research Association. She is past chair of the ASA Section on Social Psychology, the ASA Section on Emotions, and the ASA Section on Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity.


Stets, Jan E., Peter J. Burke, and Scott V. Savage. 2018. “Exchange, Identity Verification, and Social Bonds.” Social Psychology Quarterly.

Savage, Scott V., Jan E. Stets, Peter J. Burke, and Zachary L. Sommer. 2017. “Identity and Power Use in Exchange Networks.” Sociological Perspectives 60: 510-528.

Stets, Jan E., Philip S. Brenner, Peter J. Burke, and Richard T. Serpe. 2017. “The Science Identity and Entering a Science Occupation.” Social Science Research 64: 1-14.

Stets, Jan E. and Richard T. Serpe. New Directions in Identity Theory and Research. New York: Oxford University Press.


Co-Editor of Social Psychology Quarterly.

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