Graduate Studies Coordinator, Sociology M.A. program 


Phone: 423.439.7056
Office: 223H Rogers-Stout Hall


Social Problems
Gender & Society
Social Psychology
Race, Class, & Gender in Film
Work & Occupations
Urban Ethnography


My current research involves interviewing scholars in a variety of fields about collaborative research. I’m learning about the assumptions that people in different disciplines make about collaboration, the pros and cons of collaborating with others, how they negotiate co-authorship, and how they think other researchers view their work. I got interested in this topic because I’ve co-authored several publications with colleagues over the years and enjoy it—although it’s quite different from solo research and writing. I’m also interested in social inequality, including my and my colleagues’ efforts to teach undergraduates about it. With my colleague Jessica Fields, I’m co-authoring a paper about youth sexuality educators in San Francisco Bay area communities.


Kleinman, Sherryl and Martha Copp. 2009. “Denying Social Harm: Students’ Resistance to Lessons about Inequality.” Teaching Sociology 37(3):283-293.

Copp, Martha and Sherryl Kleinman. 2008. “Practicing What We Teach: Feminist Strategies for Teaching about Sexism.” Feminist Teacher 18(2):101-124.

Fields, Jessica, Martha Copp, and Sherryl Kleinman. 2006. “Symbolic Interactionism, Inequality, and Emotions.” Pp. 155-178 in Handbook of the Sociology of Emotions, edited by Jan E. Stets and Jonathan H. Turner. New York: Springer.

Kleinman, Sherryl, Martha Copp, and Kent L. Sandstrom. 2006. “Making Sexism Visible: Birdcages, Martians, and Pregnant Men.” Teaching Sociology 34(2):126-142.

Copp, Martha. 2004. “Negotiated Order.” Pp. 525-529 in The Encyclopedia of Social Theory, edited by George Ritzer. Sage.

Copp, Martha. 1998. “Adult ‘Adolescents’: Social Control of Sexuality and Adulthood in People with Developmental Disabilities.” Sociological Analysis 1(3):113-135.

Copp, Martha. 1998. “When Emotion Work is Doomed to Fail: Ideological and Structural Constraints on Emotion Management.” Symbolic Interaction 21(3):299-328.

Kleinman, Sherryl, Martha Copp, and Karla Henderson. 1997. “Qualitatively Different: Teaching Fieldwork to Graduate Students.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 25(4):469-99.

Kleinman, Sherryl and Martha Copp.1993. Emotions and Fieldwork. Sage. (Translated into Japanese, 2006).