Joan Hermsen


University of Maryland, 1997

Areas of Study: 

Social Inequalities

Research and Teaching: 

Social Inequalities, Social Attitudes, Gender & Work, Families & Aging, Applied Sociology


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 research related to 1)  the social consequences of late motherhood; 2) youth attitudes towards activism and politics; and 3) youth orientation to future work. 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).

Awards and Honors: 

SEC Leadership Fellow, 2017-18

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

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

William T. Kemper Fellow for Excellence in Teaching, 2006


Select Publications: 

Avery, E. E., Baumer, M. D., Hermsen, J. M., Leap, B. T., Lucht, J. R., Rikoon, J. S., & Wilhelm Stanis, S. A. (in press).  "Measuring Place of Residence Across Urban and Rural Spaces: An Application to Fears Associated wtih Outdoor Recreation. The Social Science Journal 10.1016/j.soscij.2019.08.007

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., Hermsen, J. M., & Vanneman, R. (2011). The end of the gender revolution? Gender role attitudes from 1977 to 2008. American Journal of Sociology117(1), 259-89.