Joan Hermsen

Education: 

University of Maryland, 1997

Areas of Study: 

Social Inequalities

Research and Teaching: 

Social inequalities, research methods, gender, work & occupations, applied sociology, family

Bio: 

Dr. Hermsen teaches courses on social inequalities and research methods at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her prior research focused on gender inequality in U.S. labor markets and attitudes about gender inequality. She is currently working on a mixed methods project on the social consequences of late motherhood. In addition, Dr. Hermsen has done extensive applied survey research design and analysis work on a range of topics including food insecurity (US Dept of Agriculture), crime victimization (MO State Highway Patrol), conservation attitudes (MO Dept of Conservation), and the financial wellbeing of pastors (MO United Methodist Foundation). She is also the co-director of the Population, Education, and Health Center.

Survey Research Working Group

Coordinators: Dr. Eileen Avery and Dr. Joan Hermsen

The Working Group brings together Mizzou faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates with interests in survey research, including issues related to the design and fielding of surveys and the analysis of existing survey datasets. The Working Group meets biweekly to discuss ongoing research projects, current issues in the field of survey design and analysis, and recent publications on survey research innovations.  For more information, contact Dr. Avery (AveryE@missouri.edu) or Dr. Hermsen (HermsenJ@missouri.edu).

Awards and Honors: 

Stakeholder Lifetime Achievement Award (for contributions to MU Residential Life), 2015

Project United Faculty Achievement Award (for contributions to diversity education), 2012

Gold Chalk Award (for significant contributions to graduate education), 2007

Chancellor’s Excellence Award: Lifetime Achievement Advising Award, 2007

William T. Kemper Fellow for Excellence in Teaching, 2006

Excellence in Education Award (for contributions to extracurricular student engagement), 2006

Marj Leveane Outstanding Learning Community Partner Award, 2005

Select Publications: 

Works in Progress

Eileen E. Avery, Joan M. Hermsen, and Katelynn Towne. “Worry about Crime Across Urban and Rural Areas in Missouri, USA: The Effects of Worry about Race Relations and Worry about Illegal Immigration.” Under review.

Eileen E. Avery, Joan M. Hermsen, Braden Leap, Jill Lucht, James S. Rikoon, Sonja A. Wilhelm Stanis, and Michele Baumer. “Operationalizing Place of Residence when Analyzing Outdoor Recreation Constraints.” 

Eileen Avery, Joan Hermsen, and Katelynn Towne. “Urban-Rural Differences in Perceptions of Policing: Preliminary Evidence from the 2016 Missouri Crime and Victimization Survey.” [in progress; presented at 2017 American Society of Criminology meetings]

Eileen Avery, Joan Hermsen, and Katelynn Towne. “Distress from Violent Victimization: Impacts on Concerns about Crime and Perceptions of Law Enforcement.”[in progress; presented at 2017 ASA meetings]

Joan Hermsen and Don Willis. “Young Women’s Attitudes toward Work, 1976 - 2012.” [submitted to ASA 2018 annual meeting CFP]

Joan Hermsen and Emily A. Murray.  “Race, Emotions, and Friendship: Insights from Student Essays.” [submitted to ASA 2018 annual meeting CFP]

Eileen Avery and Joan Hermsen. "Nonresponse bias in a population-based statewide survey: The impact of cellular phones versus landlines." [submitted to WAPOR 2018 annual meeting CFP]

Selected Reports

Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri Crime Victimization Survey Reports (report links below)

Eileen Avery, Joan Hermsen, Katelynn Towne, and Don Willis. 2017. Missouri Crime Victimization Survey, 2016: Executive Report. University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.

Eileen Avery, Joan Hermsen, Katelynn Towne, and Don Willis. 2017. Missouri Crime Victimization Survey, 2016: Neighborhood Trust, Safety, and Fear. University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.

Eileen Avery, Joan Hermsen, Katelynn Towne, and Don Willis. 2017. Missouri Crime Victimization Survey, 2016: Intimate Partner Violence. University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.

Eileen Avery, Joan Hermsen, Katelynn Towne, and Don Willis. 2017. Missouri Crime Victimization Survey, 2016: Perceptions of Law Enforcement. University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.

Eileen Avery, Joan Hermsen, Katelynn Towne, and Don Willis. 2017. Missouri Crime Victimization Survey, 2016: Summary Report. University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.

Missouri United Method Foundation, Survey of Clergy Report

Joan Hermsen, Deanna Sharpe, and Ashley Isby. 2015. Summary of the Survey of Financial Wellbeing of Pastors. University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.

Missouri Department of Conservation, "Your Opinion Counts" Survey Reports

Braden Leap, Eileen Bjornstrom, Joan Hermsen, Jill Lucht, Sandy Rikoon and Sonja Wilhelm Stanis. “Missourians’ Perceptions of the Missouri Department of Conservation: 1990, 2003, & 2013”. Missouri Department of Conservation.

Braden Leap, Eileen Bjornstrom, Joan Hermsen, Jill Lucht, Sandy Rikoon and Sonja Wilhelm Stanis. “Missourians’ Perceptions of Conservation Practices: 1990, 2003, & 2013”. Missouri Department of Conservation.

Braden Leap, Eileen Bjornstrom, Joan Hermsen, Jill Lucht, Sandy Rikoon and Sonja Wilhelm Stanis. “Missourians’ Participation and Obstacles to Participation in Outdoor Activities: 1990, 2003, & 2013”. Missouri Department of Conservation.

Food Pantry Project

Ashley Vancil, Sandy Rikoon, Matt Foulkes, Colleen Heflin, Joan Hermsen, and Nikki Raedeke. 2013. “Regional Profile of Missouri Food Pantry Clients and Households.”  Policy Brief, Institute for Public Policy, Truman School of Public Affairs, University of Missouri. https://ipp.missouri.edu/publications/regional-profile-of-missouri-food-pantry-clients-and-households/

Matt Foulkes, Colleen Heflin, Joan Hermsen, Nikki Raedeke, and J. Sandy Rikoon. 2013. Food Pantry Client Survey. Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security, University of Missouri.

Jennifer Jensen, Colleen Heflin, Joan Hermsen, Sandy Rikoon. 2011. “Feeding the Hungry: Results from a Survey of Food Pantry Directors in Mid-Missouri.” Policy Brief, Institute for Public Policy, Truman School of Public Affairs, University of Missouri. https://ipp.missouri.edu/publications/feeding-the-hungry-results-from-a-survey-of-food-pantry-directors-in-mid-missouri/

Peer Reviewed Articles

Kaiser, M. and J. M. Hermsen. 2015. “Food Acquisition Strategies, Food Security, and Health Status Among Families With Children Using Food Pantries.” Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services 96(2): 83-90.

Cotter, D.A., Hermsen, J.M., and R. Vanneman. July 30, 2014. “Brief: Back on Track? The Stall and Rebound in Support for Women’s New Roles in Work and Politics, 1977-2012.” Briefing Paper Prepared for the Council on Contemporary Families. https://contemporaryfamilies.org/gender-revolution-rebound-brief-back-on-track/

Cotter, D.A., Hermsen, J.M. and R.Vanneman. 2011.  “The End of the Gender Revolution: Gender Role Attitudes from 1977-2008.” American Journal of Sociology 117(1): 259-289.

Evertsson, M., England, P., de Bruijn, J., Hermsen, J., Mooi-Reci, I., and D. Cotter. 2009. “Is Gender Inequality Greater at Lower or Higher Educational Levels? Common Patterns in the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United States.” Social Politics 16(2): 210-241.

Cotter, D.A., Hermsen, J.M. and R. Vanneman. 2004. Gender Inequality at Work. NY: Russell Sage Foundation.

Cotter, D.A., DeFiore, J., Hermsen, J., Kowalewski, B.M. and R. Vanneman. 1998. “The Demand for Female Labor.” American Journal of Sociology 103(6): 1673-1712.

Cotter, D.A., DeFiore, J., Hermsen, J., Kowalewski, B.M. and R. Vanneman. 1997. “All Women Benefit: The Macro Effect of Occupational Integration on Gender Earnings Equality.” American Sociological Review 62(5): 714-734.