Faculty and Staff

Kathy J. Kuipers

Kathy J. Kuipers

Associate Professor, Director Graduate Studies

Office: Social Sciences 311
Email: kathy.kuipers@mso.umt.edu
Office Hours:

On sabbatical during the 2018-19 academic year.  The best way to contact me is through email.  I will be checking it weekly.

Personal Website

Current Position

Associate Professor



Spring 2018:

SOCI 441.01 Capstone: Inequality and Social Justice

SOCI 596.01 Independent Study

SOCI 596.02 IS: Social Psych Research Group

SOCI 597.01 Graduate Research

SOCI 599.01 Thesis/Professional Paper

Personal Summary

Kathy Kuipers is an Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, and former Chair in the Sociology Department.  She is also affiliated with the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at the University of Montana.  She teaches courses in the inequality and social justice option areas, social psychology, and quantitative research methods, statistics, and an upper-division writing course.  Professor Kuipers was the 2017 recipient of the William Reynolds Award from the College of Humanities and Sciences at UM for excellence in teaching across the curriculum. She also received specific recognition in 2015 from Student Affairs for her mentorship of Native American students through the American Indian Student Services Advisory Board.

Professor Kuipers' research interests include status and identification, experimental research, and gender.  She supervises the Social Psychology Research Group (SPRG), faculty and students who meet regularly to workshop research projects and grant proposals related not only to social psychology but also inequality and social justice.  She often works in collaboration with her graduate students and her publications include: “Challenges in Governance for the PSA as a Regional Sociological Association.” 2014. The American Sociologist. 45:203-218.  doi: 10.1007/s12108-014-9226-9 (with Laura Obernesser); "The Economic Status of Women in Montana: How Far Have We Come Since Montana Elected the First Congresswoman?" 2013. Montana Business Quarterly 51(4):2-7 (with Professor Celia Winkler); “Formal and Informal Network Coupling and its Relationship to Workplace Attachment.” 2009. Sociological Perspectives. 52, 4: 455-79.;  “A Structural Social Psychological View of Gender Differences in Cooperation.” 2009. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research. 61:317-24 (with Professor Jane Sell).  Conference presentations include:  "Strangulation and Control."  Paper presented at the Not in Our State Sexual Assault Summit 2015, University of Montana.  November 8-10, Missoula, MT (with Jennifer Hildreth);   “Race and the Weakening of Negative Status Beliefs.” Paper presented at the Meetings of the Pacific Sociological Association.  San Diego, CA, March 22, 2012. (with Krista Caffrey, Sarah Gone, Michael King, and Emily Steinberg); “Harmful Shame and Beneficial Guilt in Solving Problems Related to Race.” Paper presented at the Meetings of the International Society for Research on Emotion. Kyoto, Japan, August 2011; and “Shame & the Rejection of Stereotypes.” Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the Pacific Sociological Association.  Seattle, WA, March 2011 (with Tara Top Sky).

Her research projects include a recently completed project with Bryce Ward (the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at UM) and Paul Gladen (the Blackstone Launchpad at UM) funded by the The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, "Understanding and Increasing Women’s Participation in Pre-Entrepreneurial Activities"; the "Calling All Alumni Project" which focuses on online experimental data collection with alumi participants; and as external evaluator for “The UM (MT)2:  Montana Supports the Mathematicians of Tomorrow Program” (an NSF-funded project in the Mathematics Department, UM).

As Graduate Director, Professor Kuipers advises graduate students in the Sociology MA program. She works closely and often in collaboration with students who share her research interests.  Current and former graduate students work on topics such as identity conflict for exotic dancers, changing identities for women who settled Montana, stereotypes in cable television programming, status and marginality for women in drag performance, and the negotiation of identities for single mothers who live in poverty.  Her students also may complete a Graduate Certificate in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, an interdisciplinary program that offers opportunities to work with faculty in other departments as well as funding to support research and scholarship on women, gender, and sexuality.

Professor Kuipers is active in the Pacific Sociological Association (PSA).  She was elected Vice President of the PSA for 2018-19 and currently serves on the executive council.  She has held a variety of offices in the PSA (Chair of the Publications Committee, Council Member, and Program Committee Member), served on numerous committees and on the editorial board for its journal, Sociological Perspectives.  




Western Michigan University, BA

Washington State University, MA

Stanford University, MA, PhD.

Research Interests

Social Psychology Research Group (SPRG): 

We are a small group of like-minded sociologists (faculty and students) who use theories of social behavior and interaction in our research work.  We meet every Friday from 10:10-11 in the SSRL (SS 259e) to
1) workshop our research projects and grant proposals, giving each other support and feedback,

2) learn more about each other's reseach

3) work on the Calling All Alumni project, and

4) work collaboratively on a research grant proposal and data collection. 


Current Projects include:

1) Calling All Alumni

2) Perceptions of Immigrants

3) Women Entrepreneurs

Selected Publications





William Reynolds Award for Excellence in Teaching Across the Curriculum. 2017. (This award was established in the College of Humanities and Sciences to recognize faculty members for their excellence in teaching at all levels of the curriculum.)

Teaching Experience

Graduate and Undergraduate Sociology at Stanford University; University of California, Berkeley; San Jose State University; and Hamline University


American Sociological Association, member (and member of the following sections: Social Psychology; Sociology of Sex and Gender)

Pacific Sociological Association, (Vice President-Elect)

International Society for Research on Emotion

Group Processes (affiliated with ASA)

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at University of Montana