Faculty/Staff Profiles

Pam Hunt Kirk

Pam Hunt Kirk, Ph.D.

Associate Professor; Director, Center for the Study of Social Dynamics

Phone: 678-839-6336 | Fax: 678-839-6506

Email:  phunt@westga.edu

Office: Pafford Social Science Building 207B

Hours: M 11-2pm
T & TH (virtual/online) 10a-12p
W 11a-2p
and by appointment

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Pamela M. Hunt Kirk is Associate Professor of Sociology. Dr. Kirk joined UWG in 2008 after earning her Ph.D. in Sociology at Kent State University. She has general research and teaching interests in Social Psychology, Emotions, Deviance, Subculture, Research Methods (Quantitative and Qualitative), and Sexual Orientation.

Dr. Kirk is also founder and Director of the Center for the Study of Social Dynamics (CSSD), a teaching and research center established in 2010. Social science researchers (both faculty and students) using the lab conduct both quantitative and qualitative research projects including focus groups, interviews, and lab experiments. Analysis techniques include coding qualitative data using Nvivo software, basic statistics, and advanced statistics via the use of SPSS. In addition to research use, the Center is a teaching resource for qualitative and experimental research methodology. As Director, Dr. Kirk is responsible for scheduling, directing, coordinating, and designing projects, as well as consulting with faculty and students about research methodology, instrument design, and data analysis.


  • A. B., Marketing and Sales, Edison Community College, 1994
  • B.S., Marketing & Business Administration, University of Dayton, 1998
  • M.A., Sociology, Ohio University, 2002
  • Ph.D., Sociology, Kent State University, 2008

Selected Publications

  • "The Sociology of Music," forthcoming chapter in the Cambridge Handbook of Sociology.
  • Hunt, Pamela M. 2014. "Not Fade Away: Ritual Solidarity and Persistence in an Ephemeral Community." Pp. 158-165 in Music Sociology: Examining the Role of Music in Social Life, edited by Sara Towe Horsfall, Jan-Martijn Meij, and Meghan Probtsfield. Boulder,
  • Hunt, Pamela M. 2014. "Cults," in Encyclopedia of Social Deviance, John Copes & Craig J. Forsyth (eds.)
  • Hunt, Pamela M. 2014. "Gays as Parents," in Encyclopedia of Social Deviance, John Copes & Craig J. Forsyth (eds.)
  • Hunt, Pamela M. 2014. "Positive Deviance," in Encyclopedia of Social Deviance, John Copes & Craig J. Forsyth (eds.)
  • Hunt, Pamela M. 2014. "Same-Sex Marriages," in Encyclopedia of Social Deviance, John Copes & Craig J. Forsyth (eds.)
  • Hunt, Pamela. 2014. Where the Music Takes You: The Social Psychology of Music Subcultures, 1st edition. San Diego: CA: Cognella Academic Publishing.
  • Hunt, Pamela M. 2012. "Examining the Affective Meanings of Interaction Settings in the Jamband Music Subculture." Journal of Professional and Public Sociology 4(1):Article 5.
  • Hunt, Pamela M. 2010. "Are You Kynd? Conformity and Deviance Within the Jamband Subculture," Deviant Behavior 31(6):521-551.
  • Hunt, Pamela M. 2008. "From Festies to Tourrats: Examining the Relationship Between Jamband Subculture Involvement and Role Meanings," Social Psychology Quarterly 71(4):356-378.

Courses and Sections

  • Courses Taught
    • SOCI-1160 (Intro to Social Problems)    
    • SOCI-3100 (Sociology of Humor)    
    • SOCI-3733 (Social Psyc:The Soci Tradition)    
    • SOCI-4543 (Deviant and Alternative Behav)    
    • SOCI-4700 (Sociology of Emotions)    
    • SOCI-4984 (Capstone: Senior Seminar)    
    • SOCI-4999 (Popular Music & Society)    
    • SOCI-5700 (Sociology of Emotions)    
    • SOCI-6882 (Thesis Preparation)    
    • SOCI-6999 (Thesis)    
  • Spring 2015 Sections
    • SOCI-3733 (Social Psyc:The Soci Tradition) Section: 01
    • SOCI-4543 (Deviant and Alternative Behav) Section: E01
    • SOCI-6999 (Thesis) Section: 04
  • Fall 2014 Sections
    • SOCI-1160 (Intro to Social Problems) Section: 04   [View Syllabus]
    • SOCI-4543 (Deviant and Alternative Behav) Section: N01   [View Syllabus]
    • SOCI-6882 (Thesis Preparation) Section: 04
    • SOCI-6999 (Thesis) Section: 02
    • SOCI-6999 (Thesis) Section: 03
  • Summer 2014 Sections
    • SOCI-3100 (Sociology of Humor) Section: 01
    • SOCI-4999 (Popular Music & Society) Section: 01
  • Spring 2014 Sections
    • SOCI-4700 (Sociology of Emotions) Section: 01
    • SOCI-4984 (Capstone: Senior Seminar) Section: 01W
    • SOCI-5700 (Sociology of Emotions) Section: 01
    • SOCI-6882 (Thesis Preparation) Section: 02
    • SOCI-6999 (Thesis) Section: 03