Center for Family and Demographic Research
Associate Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1993
Gary Oates joined the faculty in fall 2003. He earned his BA in sociology and MS in social research from Hunter College , CUNY in 1988 in an accelerated BA/MS Program. His PhD, earned in 1993, is from the University of Maryland , College Park . His training also includes a 4-year post-doctoral fellowship in the Laboratory of Socio-Environmental Studies at the National Institute of Mental Health. Oates' current research is motivated by an interest in the impact of structural factors on orientations and behaviors that may be deemed socially problematic. Race, racial context and socioeconomic privilege figure prominently among the structural variables he studies, while the self-concept, scholastic performance, attitudes toward inequality, and psychological functioning comprise the orientations and behaviors of current interest. Oates has published articles in such leading sociological journals as American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Social Psychology Quarterly, and the Sociological Quarterly.
Oates, G., & Goode, J. (Forthcoming). Racial differences in effects of religiosity and mastery on psychological distress: Evidence from national longitudinal data. Society and Mental Health.
Oates, Gary. (2012). Black-White variations in the lagged reciprocal relationship between religiosity and perceived control. Mental Health, Religion & Culture.
Oates, G. (2009). An empirical test of five prominent explanations for the Black-White academic performance gap. Social Psychology of Education, 12(4) 415-441.
Schooler, C., Mulatu, M.S., & Oates, G. (2004). Occupational self-direction, intellectual functioning, and self-directed orientation in older workers: Findings and implications for individuals and societies. American Journal of Sociology, 110, 161-97.
Oates, G. (2004). The color of the undergraduate experience and the occupational attainment of Blacks and Whites: Evidence from longitudinal data. The Sociological Quarterly, 45, 21-44.
Oates, G. (2004). The color of the undergraduate experience and the Black self-concept: Evidence from longitudinal data. Social Psychology Quarterly, 67, 16-32.