Gary Oates

Gary Oates

Position: Associate Professor of Sociology
Phone: 419.372.4915

Adjunct Faculty Associate: Program for Research on Black Americans (PRBA), Research Center for Group Dynamics of the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan


  • PhD, Sociology, University of Maryland, College Park
  • MS, Social Research, Hunter College, City University of New York (1988)
  • BA, Sociology, Hunter College, City University of New York (1988)

Curriculum Vitae

Gary Oates joined the BGSU faculty in 2003. His research explores the reciprocal relationship between social structural factors and individual-level psychological and behavioral phenomena with significant bearing on social problems. Race or race-related factors figure prominently among the structural variables that his work addresses. Mental and physical health, dimensions of the self-concept, cognitive functioning, beliefs about inequality, and indicators of socioeconomic attainment are most prominent at the social psychological/behavioral end of the spectrum. Dr. Oates typically pursues his research questions with survey data-based structural equation models.