Department of
Sociology

Center for
Innovation

Jeff Lucas

Senior Research Scientist

Associate Professor, University of Maryland

Ph.D. University of Iowa, 2000

Jeff Lucas received his B.B.A. in Business Administration in 1992 and his PhD in Sociology in 2000 from the University of Iowa. He joined the Department of Sociology at the University of Maryland in 2004. Courses he has taught include: Power, Status, and Leadership in Groups; Group Processes; Social Psychology; Theories of Social Psychology; Sociological Theory; Research Statistics; Group Processes and Leadership; and Laboratory Practicum on Group Processes Research. In addition, Professor Lucas teaches in the graduate Leadership Education and Development Program operated jointly by the University of Maryland and the United States Naval Academy.

Professor Lucas's research represents an attempt to understand the basic nature of fundamental social processes. He is particularly interested in power, status, and leadership, especially as they are relevant in groups and organizations. Much of Professor Lucas's research is experimental, and he operates an experimental laboratory located in the Department of Sociology.

Professor Lucas's current research includes projects examining (1) stigma and status processes in interpersonal interactions (with Jo Phelan, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health), (2) how the increasing diversity of groups in our society challenges existing notions of effective leadership (with Michael Lovaglia), (3) whether age and gender interact as status characteristics to increasingly disadvantage women through middle adulthood, potentially helping explain the glass ceiling that limits the advancement of women in organizations (with Michael Lovaglia), (4) the emotions that result from power inequalities in social exchange, (5) relationships between social support and attrition of U.S. Navy personnel (with David Segal, Mady Segal, and Yuko Whitestone, funded by Battelle Columbus Laboratories), and (6) how status processes may contribute to gender differences in self-handicapping (funded by The Spencer Foundation).