Gordon Gauchat, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Academic Interests:

My primary research interest is in the cultural authority of science in the public sphere. This research examines the social, cultural, and political factors associated with how various publics view science-in-society, in terms of attitudes toward scientific knowledge as well as the definition of “science.” Future research will explore public perceptions of mental illness (stigma) and whether these views influence engagement with treatment. I have also done research on the political economy of urban areas with a focus on the consequences of globalization and federal expenditures on urban labor markets. I hope to expand this research to include the political economy of health, both in the U.S. and from a global comparative perspective.

Current Research Projects:

I am currently involved in a project that examines the effects of stigma on mental health service use among the elderly. Also related to the elderly, I am examining the complex relationship between role displacement, social support, and recovery. I am working on a number of articles related to the cultural authority of science, including studies that examine what aspects of science promote distrust/trust across a variety of social groups. I am also working on a National Science Foundation funded project related to public understanding of science and the expansion of measurement and theory in this burgeoning area of research.


2010 Ph.D., Sociology, University of Connecticut

2003 M.A., Sociology, University of Connecticut

2003 B.A., Economics and Sociology, University of Connecticut

Awards and Honors:

2009 President Michael J. Hogan Graduate Summer Dissertation Research Award, University of Connecticut

2009 Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year, Department of Sociology, University of Connecticut

2012 National Science Foundation Grant: “The Cultural Authority of Science in the Public Sphere: Creating Data Streams for Further Advances” Award: $114, 000. Project Period: August 2012-August 2014.

Selected Publications:

Gordon Gauchat, Maura Kelly, and Michael Wallace. 2012. “Occupational Gender Segregation, Globalization, and Gender Earnings Inequality in U.S. Metropolitan Areas.” Gender and Society.

Gordon Gauchat. 2012. “The Politicization of Science in the Public Sphere: A Study of Public Trust in Science in the U.S., 1974-2010.” American Sociological Review 77:167-187. (Featured ASR article on ASA.net; Lead Article)

Broadhead, Robert S., Casey Borch, Shabahang Tehrani, Yael van Hulst, Gordon Gauchat, Douglas D. Heckathorn, and Frederick L. Altice. 2012. “Relying on Injection Drug Users to Access and Adhere to HIV Therapeutics: Bittersweet Lessons about a Peer-Driven Intervention and Respondent-Driven Sampling.” Journal of Drug Issues 42:127-146.

David Weakliem, Gordon Gauchat, and Bradley Wright. 2012. “Sociological Stratification: Change and Continuity in the Distribution of Departmental Prestige, 1965-2007.” The American Sociologist

Michael Wallace, Gordon Gauchat, and Andrew Fullerton. 2012. “New Evidence on Metropolitan Earnings Inequality: The Effects of Globalization and Labor Market Transformation in the U.S. South and Non-South.” Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society.

Gordon Gauchat, Michael Wallace, Casey Borch and Travis Lowe. 2011. “The Military Metropolis: Defense-Dependence in U.S. Metropolitan Areas.” City and Community 10:25-48.

Michael Wallace, Gordon Gauchat, and Andrew S. Fullerton. 2011. “Globalization, Labor Market Transformation, and Metropolitan Earnings Inequality.” Social Science Research 40:15-36.

Michael Wallace, Casey Borch, and Gordon Gauchat. 2008. “Military Keynesianism in the Post-Vietnam War Era: A View from the American States.” Journal of Political and Military Sociology 36: 215-245.

Contact Information:

Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

725 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., CB# 7590

Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7590

Phone: (860) 984-4891

Email: ggauchat@schsr.unc.edu