Graduate Student Directory
Department of Sociology
University of South Carolina
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Jake FREDERICK B.S.Sociology, Texas A&M 2009 - I am most interested in social psychology, group processes, pro-social behavior, theory construction, and experimental methods. Since I have been at South Carolina I have worked for Brent Simpson and Barry Markovsky in the lab. Research I have conducted for them involves moral decision making, social dilemmas, group size and cooperation, status processes, and social identity. I have also gained a lot of experience coding open interaction group behavior. My thesis is a reformulation of Stryker’s identity theory. I make an argument for the value of theory analysis, including modularity in theory construction, and I apply these methods to Stryker’s theory. Ultimately, I hope to contribute to the theory by suggesting provisional improvements which primarily strengthen its communicability, precision, parsimony, and reduce ambivalence. I am currently developing experimental research ideas for dissertation work. Lately, I am very interested in cognitive dissonance, commitment, identity, and moral beliefs and decisions. In my free time I like to play racquetball, watch football, and go backpacking.