Jan E. Stets
Jan E. Stets


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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.

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

She is the author of nine books and 90 articles and book chapters. Recent books include Identities in Everyday Life (with Richard T. Serpe, Oxford University Press, 2019), 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., Scott V. Savage, Peter J. Burke, and Phoenicia Fares. 2020. “Cognitive and Behavioral Responses to the Identity Verification Process.” In Identity and Symbolic Interaction: Deepening Foundations and Building Bridges, edited by Brian Powell, Richard T. Serpe, and Robin Stryker. New York: Springer.

Burke, Peter J. and Jan E. Stets. 2020. “The Microsociology of Self and Identity.” In Theoretical Sociology: The Future of Disciplinary Foundation, edited by Seth Abrutyn and Kevin McCaffree. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Stets, Jan E. and Richard T. Serpe. 2019. Identities in Everyday Life.New York: Oxford University Press.

Stets, Jan E. and Phoenicia Fares. 2019. “The Effects of Race/Ethnicity and Racial/Ethnic Identification on General Trust.” Social Science Research 80: 1-14.

Savage, Scott V., Peter J. Burke, Jan E. Stets, and Phoenicia Fares. 2019. “The Fairness Identity and the Emergence of Inequality.” Social Science Research 81: 144-156.

Stets, Jan E., Peter J. Burke, and Scott V. Savage. 2018. “Exchange, Identity Verification, and Social Bonds.” Social Psychology Quarterly 81: 207-227.

Stets, Jan E. “Identity Theory.” 2018. Pp. 81-111 in Contemporary Social Psychological Theories, 2ndEdition, edited by Peter J. Burke. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

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