Associate Professor

COSS Fellow for Faculty and Staff Development

Biography

I am an Associate Professor of Sociology and College of Social Sciences Fellow for Faculty and Staff Development. I joined UWG in 2008, and I typically teach undergraduate and graduate level courses in the following areas: emotion, sociological social psychology, deviant behavior, mental health, and mindfulness. I also teach undergraduate statistics.

I have published my research findings in peer-reviewed academic journals such as Social Psychology Quarterly, Deviant Behavior, and Journal of GLBT Family Studies. I also published a book titled Where the Music Takes You: The Social Psychology of Music Subcultures. My research is generally focused on how members of subgroups give distinct meaning to the elements of their social environment (e.g., role identities, behaviors, and interaction settings). I have conducted research in the jamband music scene as well as in the area of same-sex parenting.

I discovered the benefit of mindfulness practices about 15 years ago, and recently I've become interested in researching how mindfulness might be useful in increasing the mastery of elderly individuals. Mastery is a social psychological concept used to describe the sense of personal control one perceives to have over life and life circumstances. I plan to begin conducting research soon on the use of mindfulness practices (including making art, gardening, spending quality time with animals, meditating, and mindful walking) among the elderly and individuals of all ages who have experienced trauma (e.g., veterans of war, rape survivors, etc.).

On a personal note, I love animals, hiking, running, roller skating, and drawing. My husband and I have three dogs and two cats, and we spend our spare time gardening and traveling. We are expecting our first child in December 2017. I grew up in Ohio, graduating from Edison Community College in Piqua, OH for my Associate's Degree (I was the first in my family to attend and graduate from college), the University of Dayton for my Bachelor of Science degree (in Marketing and Business Administration), Ohio University for the Master's degree, and Kent State University with a PhD. I am a fan of the Ohio State Buckeye football team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and of course, the West Georgia Wolves!

Education / Degrees

  • 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
  • Courses Taught
  • Course Sections and Syllabi

    Fall 2017 Sections

    • XIDS-2300 (Interdiscip Studies in Soc Stu) Section: 01
    • SOCI-4700 (Sociology of Emotions) Section: E01
    • SOCI-5700 (Sociology of Emotions) Section: E01
    • SOCI-6999 (Thesis) Section: 03

    Summer 2017 Sections

    • SOCI-4543 (Deviant and Alternative Behav) Section: E01
    • SOCI-4999 (POP MUSIC AND SOCIETY) Section: E01

    Spring 2017 Sections

    Fall 2016 Sections

    Summer 2016 Sections

    • SOCI-4700 (Sociology of Emotions) Section: E01
    • SOCI-4984 (Capstone: Senior Seminar) Section: E01

    Spring 2016 Sections

    • SOCI-4003 (Applied Stats for Sociology) Section: 01
    • SOCI-4543 (Deviant and Alternative Behav) Section: E01
    • SOCI-5003 (Applied Stats for Sociology) Section: 01
    • SOCI-6803 (Seminar in Social Psychology) Section: 01

    Summer 2015 Sections

    • SOCI-4700 (Sociology of Emotions) Section: E01
    • SOCI-4984 (Capstone: Senior Seminar) Section: E1W

    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 Download Syllabus [PDF]
    • SOCI-4543 (Deviant and Alternative Behav) Section: N01 Download Syllabus [PDF]
    • 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

    Fall 2013 Sections

    • SOCI-4984 (Capstone: Senior Seminar) Section: 01W
    • SOCI-6803 (Seminar in Social Psychology) Section: 01
    • SOCI-6882 (Thesis Preparation) Section: 01
    • SOCI-6999 (Thesis) Section: 01

    Summer 2013 Sections

    • SOCI-3100 (Sociology of Humor) Section: 01
    • SOCI-4984 (Capstone: Senior Seminar) Section: N01

    Spring 2013 Sections

    • SOCI-4613 (Qualitative Research) Section: 01
    • SOCI-4983 (Capstone: Senior Thesis) Section: 02
    • SOCI-4984 (Capstone: Senior Seminar) Section: 01W
    • SOCI-6613 (Qualitative Research) Section: 01
    • SOCI-6999 (Thesis) Section: 03
  • Publication List

    Hunt, Pamela M. 2018. “The Sociology of Music,” in Cambridge Handbook of Sociology. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.

    Hunt, Pamela. M. 2017. The Influence of Parental Identification on Attitudes in Same-Sex Families.” Journal of GLBT Family Studies 13(3):257-276. (published online in 2016) [View Publication]

    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. 2013. “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. Boul

    Hunt, Pamela M. 2008. “From Festies to Tourrats: Examining the Relationship Between Jamband Subculture Involvement and Role Meanings.” Social Psychology Quarterly 71(4):356-78. [View Publication]

    Hunt, Pamela M. 2010. “Are You Kynd? Conformity and Deviance Within the Jamband Subculture.” Deviant Behavior 31(6):521-551. [View Publication]

    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. [View Publication]

    Hunt, Pamela M. 2014. “Gays as Parents,” in Encyclopedia of Social Deviance, John Copes & Craig J. Forsyth (eds.)

    Hunt, Pamela M. 2014. “Cults,” 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.)