Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Office: 2263 SS&H
Office hours: T 1-3P or by apt.
Classes: not teaching
- Social Psychology; close relationships, group processes, friendship
- Sociology of Gender; gender inequality
- Mathematical Sociology; social networks and dynamic models
- Quantitative Methodology; longitudinal analysis; interdependent events
Current Research Projects
Two dimensions of human behavior form the focus of my past and ongoing research: 1) the dynamic nature of social processes and 2) the systemic and structural elements of social activity. Each of these dimensions represents a major division within the subfield of mathematical sociology, and together they represent the lens through which I view the social landscape. Using this focus, I examine social behavior in a variety of contexts, including dyadic relationships, small groups, labor markets, and social networks.
I envision individual behavior as situated within a set of dynamic systems, ranging from the individual and small group level to larger societal structures. I endeavor to capture that vision in my work, using mathematical and social network models that represent the interdependent nature of an array of human activity. I also identify substantively and theoretically as a social psychologist in the “social structure and individual” tradition. I maintain an interest in applying my work to the study of micro processes that produce social inequality, and in particular, gender inequality.
My current research reflects these interests in the following projects:
Dynamic analysis of dyads using differential equation models
Disenchantment processes in intimate relationships
A social network perspective on gender differences in aggression (with Bob Faris)
Random graph models of social network evolution (with Norm Matloff, Felix Wu, and Matthew Spears)
Felmlee, Diane and Anna Muraco. 2009. “Gender and Friendship Norms Among Older Adults.” Research on Aging 31: 318-344.
Felmlee, Diane H. 2007. “Application of Dynamic Systems Analysis to Dyadic Interactions.” Pp. 409-422 in A.D. Ong & M. van Dulmen (Eds.), Handbook of Methods in Positive Psychology. Oxford University Press.
McCarthy, Bill, Diane Felmlee, and John Hagan. 2004. “Girl Friends are Better: Gender, Friends, and Crime among School and Street Youth.” Criminology 42: 805-835.
Felmlee, Diane. 2001. “No Couple is an Island: A Social Network Perspective on Dyadic Stability.” Social Forces 79:1259-1287.
Felmlee, Diane and Susan Sprecher. 2000. “Close Relationships and Social Psychology: Intersections and Future Paths.” Social Psychology Quarterly 63:365-376.