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Colin Campbell

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., UNC-Chapel Hill 2014
Office: Brewster A-407
Tel: 252.328.4895

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Colin Campbell studies poverty and inequality. His current research focuses on the relationship between personal safety nets and well-being by exploring how access to support networks and material hardship are connected. In other work, he has studied support for public assistance, the consequences of dropping out of high school, how college education shapes beliefs, and labor market inequality. Colin received a PhD in sociology from the University of North Carolina. Before joining ECU in 2016, he was a National Poverty Postdoctoral Fellow with the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin and the US Department of Health and Human Services.


Selected Publications:

Campbell, Colin, and S. Michael Gaddis. Forthcoming. “`I Don’t Agree with Giving Cash’: A Survey Experiment Examining Support for Public Assistance.” Social Science Quarterly.

Campbell, Colin. 2016. “The Formative Years, Economic Hardship, and Beliefs about the Government’s Role in Lessening Poverty.”

Social Problems 63: 244-65.

Campbell, Colin, and Jonathan Horowitz. 2016. “Does College Influence Sociopolitical Attitudes?” Sociology of Education 89: 40-58. (equal authorship)

Campbell, Colin. 2015. “High School Dropouts After They Exit School: Challenges and Directions for Sociological Research.” Sociology Compass 9: 619-29.

Campbell, Colin. 2015. “The Socioeconomic Consequences of Dropping Out of High School: Evidence from an Analysis of Siblings.” Social Science Research 51: 108-18.

Campbell, Colin, and Jessica Pearlman. 2013. “Period Effects, Cohort Effects, and the Narrowing Gender Wage Gap.” Social Science Research 42: 1693-1711. (equal authorship)

Campbell, Colin. 2012. “Low-Wage Mobility During the Early Career.” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 30: 175-85.

Poulson, Stephen C., and Colin Campbell. 2010. “Isomorphism, Institutional Parochialism, and the Sociology of Religion.” The American Sociologist 41: 31-47.