Department of Sociology at the University of Nevada

Dr. Clayton D. Peoples
Director, School of Social Research and Justice Studies
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology

Ph.D. 2005 Ohio State University
M.A. 2001 Ohio State University
B.A. 1999 Bowling Green State University

Dr. Clayton D. Peoples is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Director of the School of Social Research and Justice Studies. He earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from Ohio State University in 2005, and has been at the University of Nevada, Reno, since then.

Substantively, Clayton's interests span Social Stratification; Political Sociology/Social Movements; Social Psychology/Social Networks; Peace/War/Conflict; State-Corporate/White-Collar Crime; Courts; and Comparative/Cross-National Sociology. Clayton teaches courses on a number of the above topics (particularly Social Stratification) and also frequently teaches courses on Sociological Theory and The Family. Clayton enjoys teaching very much, and has won awards for his teaching (e.g. the Early Career Award for Innovation in Teaching from the Pacific Sociological Association).

Clayton has published a number of scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals such as The Sociological Quarterly and Sociological Forum. His papers have won awards from sections of the American Sociological Association (e.g. the Section on Peace, War, and Social Conflict). He has also been awarded fellowships (e.g. Presidential Fellowship at Ohio State; Edmond J. Safra Lab Fellowship at Harvard University) and grants (e.g. Congressional Research Award from the Dirksen Congressional Center) for his work.

His current research examines how campaign contributions and social relations influence policymaking. His other projects examine things such as social class, global ethnic conflict, and courtroom interactions/decisions. During the 2011-12 Academic Year, Clayton will be conducting research on how campaign contributions and corruption may have influenced the Global Financial Crisis, and will be doing so via a Non-Residential Lab Fellowship in the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.

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Contact Info:
Office: 310 Mack Social Sciences (MSS)
Phone: (775) 784-4765
Fax: (775) 784-1358

Mailing Address:
Mail Stop 300-UNR
Reno, NV 89557

Curriculum Vitae

Social Psychology Faculty Profile

Recent Refereed Publications
Peoples, Clayton D. 2011. “Consistency in the Midst of Change: Class and Value Stability in Poland, 1988-2003.” Comparative Sociology 10:126-44.

Miller, Monica K., Jon Maskaly, Morgan Green, and Clayton D. Peoples. 2011. “The Effects of Deliberations and Religious Alibi on Mock Jurors’ Pre- and Post-deliberation Verdicts.” Group Processes and Intergroup Relations 14:517-32.

Peoples, Clayton D. 2010. “Contributor Influence in Congress: Social Ties and PAC Effects on U.S. House Policymaking.” The Sociological Quarterly 51:649-77.

Evans, M. D. R., Jonathan Kelley, and Clayton D. Peoples. 2010. “Justifications of Inequality: The Normative Basis of Pay Differentials in 31 Nations.” Social Science Quarterly 91:1405-31.

Peoples, Clayton D. 2009. “Reviving Power Structure Research: Present Problems, their Solutions, and Future Directions.” Political Power and Social Theory 20:3-38.

Peoples, Clayton D. 2009. “Campaign Finance in Canada and the U.S.: Policies, Powers, and Prospects.” Association for Canadian Studies in the U.S. (ACSUS) Occasional Papers on Public Policy 3(1):1-7.

Peoples, Clayton D. and Tina Hsu Schweizer. 2008. “Restricting Public Life, Creating Deadly Strife: How Political Discrimination Impacts Interethnic Conflict.” Research in Social Movements, Conflicts, and Change 28:325-49.

Peoples, Clayton D. 2008. “The ‘Logistic Dilemma’ for SMOs—How to Get Positive Media Coverage? A Theoretical Model and Propositions.” Sociological Imagination 44:66-84.

Peoples, Clayton D. and Michael Gortari. 2008. “The Impact of Campaign Contributions on Policymaking in the U.S. and Canada: Theoretical and Public Policy Implications.” Research in Political Sociology 17:43-64.

Peoples, Clayton D. 2008. “Uncovering Political Influence by Using Network Analyses and Exploring Contribution/Party Interactions: The Case of Ohio Legislative Voting.” Sociological Focus 41:301-18.

Peoples, Clayton D. 2008. “Inter-Legislator Relations and Policymaking: A Sociological Study of Roll Call Voting in a State Legislature.” Sociological Forum 23:455-80.